Rose Blanche Lighthouse, Newfoundland

In 2008, I visited Rose Blanche, Newfoundland, and its historical lighthouse. I created a YouTube video to share the pictures I took and history I learned along the trail. The video is called Rose Blanche Lighthouse, Newfoundland. The stone lighthouse has been keeping mariners safe since 1873. The lighting apparatus was designed by D &…

Will genealogy societies always just be there?

Will genealogy societies always just be there? Not necessarily May 08, 2015 By David Pike, President of Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador Genealogists are well aware that family history and genealogical societies are valuable sources of information and expertise that we can draw upon while pursuing our own individual research. Unfortunately it is also…

Book Sale in Newfoundland

I just received the following message from a genealogy list. I wish I lived closer. I love a book sale. Many community histories and other Newfoundland and Labrador books are among the over 25,000 community-donated books of all categories being sold at the Arts and Culture Centre, St. John’s, NL, on March 26th (6:00 pm…

The Big Newfoundland Book

The following Roots to the Past column was written and published in March 2011. The big brown box almost filled our mailbox. At first, I didn’t know what it was, but when I saw the Chapters’ logo on the side, I realised it was the books I had ordered last week. But why was the…

Searching for Maritime Seamen

For more than a decade, I’ve tried to uncover a certain piece of genealogical information: which vessel was my great-grandfather aboard when it was lost at sea? If I can find the ship, it’d unlock a key piece of information: his death date. This may lead to a newspaper article or record providing additional material…

From Canada to Ellis Island

An island located south of Atlantic Canada was the portal where more than half of all Americans can trace their family history. Ellis Island is also where many Canadian ancestors first stepped foot on North American soil before travelling north. The almost 30-acre historical landmark is located off the tip of Manhattan Island, New York,…

Column: The People’s Map of Bonne Bay

Between today and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers: Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex) Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin Thursday: The Western Star (Corner Brook) Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst) Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton) Title: The People’s Map of Bonne Bay Snippet: People…

Salvation Army, Burin, NL

My grandfather, Hubert Frank Appleby, was a member of the Salvation Army in Burin, NL, and rose to the rank of captain. Both he and his future wife, Primadine Taylor, attended the services, one preaching, the other banging the tambourine. On my last visit to Newfoundland three summers ago, I took several pictures of the…

Rose Blanche, NL

Rose Blanche is a beautiful shoreline community east of Port aux Basque, NL. Three summers ago, I visited and spent the night in the Hook, Line and Sinker Bed and Breakfast. It was a perfect Newfoundland day. The wind off the ocean whipped around my hair and crashed waves upon the rocky shore. Rain whirled…

Column: Ask Now or Forever Be Left Unknowing

Between today and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:   Tuesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex) Wednesday: Journal-Pioneer (Summerside) Thursday: The Western Star (Corner Brook) Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst) Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)   This week only: The…