Roots to the Past on Patreon

Life is always changing, faster now it seems since technology is setting the pace. At one time, Roots to the Past appeared in 13 newspapers across Atlantic Canada. In its hay days, it appeared in – to name a few – The Western Star (Corner Brook, NL), Journal-Pioneer (Summerside, PEI), The Daily News (Halifax, NS)…

Column: Celebrating Canada

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers: Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst) Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton) Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County) Title: Celebrating Canada Snippet: Unless you’re living under the proverbial rock or disconnected from all social activities, including social media, you know we are celebrating the…

Locating Information on Our Poor Ancestors

Poor Law Union Immigrants To Canada by Lorine McGinnis Schulze I’ve been following Lorine’s blog for several years. She has an extensive resource on all things genealogy. If you’ve never visited her Olive Tree Genealogy site before, you should. Here’s what Lorine writes about poor law unions… Poor law unions were collections or groups of…

What is a GEDCOM?

The following column appeared in print on April 9, 1916. What is a GEDCOM? Diane Lynn Tibert McGyver Not long after I ventured onto the Internet, I stumbled upon my first GEDCOM. At first glance, I didn’t know what it was. All I knew was it had a connection to genealogy, but I didn’t take…

Column: Terrence Michael Punch: The Last Farewell

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers: Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst) Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton) Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County) Title: Terrence Michael Punch: The Last Farewell Snippet: More years ago than I can remember, I heard a voice come over the radio talking about genealogy.…

Column: Organising Genealogy Files on the Computer

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers: Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst) Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton) Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County) Title: Organising Genealogy Files on the Computer Snippet: This year marks the 20th anniversary since I started using computers. This doesn’t include calculators or my sister’s…

Genealogy for Beginners – Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library

This notice just came across my desk. Genealogy for Beginners Interested in researching your roots? Let us give you guidance on how to start your family tree or solve a puzzling mystery. Pre-register by calling 902-899-2227 Where: Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library When: Thursday April 20, 2017 from 3:00 am to 4:00 pm.  

Maritime Nursing Sisters of the Great War

The following column appeared in print in March 11, 2017. Additional data has been added that would not fit into the published format. Maritime Nursing Sisters of the Great War Diane Lynn Tibert Canadian nursing sisters first saw action in 1885 when the government sent them to Saskatchewan to support soldiers fighting in the North-West…

Column: Using Provincial Vital Records

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers: Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst) Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton) Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County) Title: Using Provincial Vital Records Snippet: Vital records document life events. The events include births, marriages and deaths and in Canada, the records are created and…

More than 80,000 Genealogy Books to Search

The following column appeared in print on April 16, 2016 More than 80,000 Genealogy Books to Search Diane Lynn Tibert I love books, and one day I dream of a library with an extensive collection. But I have accepted the fact I can’t own every desired book. Not only would I not have the space,…

Column: Educated Genealogy Guesses

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers: Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst) Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton) Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County) Title: Educated Genealogy Guesses Snippet: Many times in my genealogy research, I’ve found myself not know how to find information on a particular person. This often…

Our Ancestors’ Consumption

The following column appeared in print in February 28, 2015. Our Ancestors’ Consumpton Diane Lynn Tibert Diseases have taken their toll on humans. Between 1347 and 1351, an estimated 50 million people died in Europe and Asia from the plague. They called it the Black Death. The plague reappeared several times afterwards with devastating effects,…

Column: Accidents and Incidents on Canadian Railways

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers: Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst) Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton) Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County) Title: Accidents and Incidents on Canadian Railways Snippet: When I was young, I spent a lot of time exploring the woods. By the time I was…

The Connection of Stone and Graves

The following column appeared in print on February 27, 2016. The Connection of Stone and Graves Diane Lynn Tibert I can’t recall the first time I visited a grave. It was long before I became interested in genealogy. But even then, I knew—from movies, books and photographs—most graves were marked with headstones. Many resting places…

Column: Maritime Nursing Sisters of the Great War

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers: Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst) Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton) Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County) Title: Maritime Nursing Sisters of the Great War Snippet: Canadian nursing sisters first saw action in 1885 when the government sent them to Saskatchewan to support…

Column: Presentation is Everything

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers: Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst) Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton) Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County) Title: Presentation is Everything Snippet: When my kids were small, we’d have tea parties in the winter to break up the long days. We’d put a…

A Glimpse at a New Type of Search Engine

The following column appeared in print on January 21, 2017. A Glimpse at a New Type of Search Engine Diane Lynn Tibert When my sister told me a friend of the family had passed away, I searched for her obituary online. The woman had been born in Newfoundland but had lived many years in the…

Column: Canada’s First Overseas Military Operation: Nile Expedition

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers: Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst) Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton) Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County) Title: Canada’s First Overseas Military Operation: Nile Expedition Snippet: I went to school at a time when Canada wasn’t proud of their wars. I didn’t learn…

Column: Sometimes Everything is Too Much

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers: Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst) Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton) Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County) Title: Sometimes Everything is Too Much Snippet: Digital databases have made searching with a keyword to find genealogy information easier and faster. Index cards of the…