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…

Column: The National Library of Scotland

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: The National Library of Scotland Snippet: The National Library of Scotland is “the world’s leading centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots”. They…

DNA Rewrites MacNeil History

Macneil clan shocked as DNA checks force rewrite of history For centuries the MacNeil clan based on the Hebridean island of Barra have proudly claimed to be descendants of Ireland’s “greatest” King, Niall of the Nine Hostages. But a check on hundreds of modern day MacNeils has revealed their roots actually lie with the Vikings…

Scotland’s Convoy Site

During World War II, Loch Ewe in Wester Ross, on the west coast of Scotland, was used as a convoy collecting point for the North Atlantic Fleet. It’s a natural deep water sea loch that links to the Atlantic Ocean via a relatively narrow mouth which made it easier to protect. Anti-aircraft batteries near the…

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…

Column: Enjoying Everything Scottish

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: Enjoying Everything Scottish Snippet: Ceud Mìle Fàilte (A hundred thousand welcomes) Do you have Scottish blood in your veins? Or do you simply love Scottish…

Column: Scottish Post Office Directory

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: Scottish Post Office Directory Snippet: John Arnold, a…