A Shipwreck from Two Hundred Years Ago

The Brig Trafalgar left Hull, Yorkshire, England “soon after” June 1, 1817. The passengers were immigrants bound for the New World to start a new life in either Saint John, NB, or Quebec City, QC. After being at sea for less than two months, the brig arrived off the coast of Nova Scotia. It sailed…

Scottish Genealogy Symposium in Halifax October 15th

I suspect there are more people with Scottish ancestry per capita in Nova Scotia than in any other Canadian province. If that is the case, the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia’s (GANS) Scottish genealogy symposium in Halifax next month should be a big success. …to read more about this, visit the Scottish Genealogy conference in…

Column: Did An Ancestor Arrive on the Ship Hector?

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: Did An Ancestor Arrive on the Ship Hector? Snippet: On September 15, 1773, the Ship Hector sailed into Pictou Harbour, NS, and landed at Brown’s…

Nova Scotia Cemeteries Website

Cynthia Simpson of Halifax is creator of Nova Scotia Cemeteries, a website that shares information (both in words and pictures) about the cemeteries of Nova Scotia. On her about page, she writes, “I am a historical researcher with a Master’s Degree in Atlantic Canada Studies from St. Mary’s University, Halifax.  Coupled with my academic background…

Column: The Baronets of the Maritimes

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: Column: The Baronets of the Maritimes Snippet: Back before the great wars (1914-1918 and 1939-1945), confederation (1867), the Marco Polo (1851), New Brunswick (1783), the Loyalists…

Private John Angus McNeil

John Angus McNeil was the second of six children—four sons and two daughters— born to Donald “Brown” and Sarah (Grant) McNeil of Malignant Cove, Antigonish County, NS. Donald passed away around 1886 and the couple’s two youngest children—daughters Catherine and Isabelle—died before 1891, leaving Sarah to care for four young boys. While Sarah’s eldest son,…