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Updated 08 February 2006
Biography & Links to Sandra's Global Gazette Articles
Sandra Devlin (deceased 2006) was a veteran journalist of 30+ years and a self-confessed genealogy addict. Until September of 2005, she free-lanced from her home office in in Moncton, New Brunswick in a section of the city called Harrisville, where her maternal MILLS ancestors of United Empire Loyalist extraction have farmed for six generations.
Besides having a personal fixation, genealogy was also part of Sandra's livelihood. After a 25-year career as a daily newspaper reporter, photographer, editor and managing editor in New Brunswick,
Nova Scotia, southern and Northern Ontario followed by a three-year stint as a community college journalism instructor in P.E.I., Sandra decided in 1996 to launch a full-time freelance journalist career from her home office.
A cornerstone of this enterprise was a self-syndicated, weekly
genealogy column launched in April 1997 and published in more than 12 newspapers in the Maritime Provinces including: The Times & Transcript, Moncton;
The King's County Record, Sussex, N.B.; The Miramichi Leader, Miramichi
City, N.B.; The Guardian, Charlottetown, P.E.I.; The Journal-Pioneer,
Summerside, P.E.I; The Daily News, Truro, N.S.; The Bulletin and The
Progress Enterprise, Bridgewater and Lunenburg, N.S, the Port
Hawkesbury Reporter, Cape Breton, and the Northern Light, Bathurst.
Sandra's roots were primarily in the Maritimes --southeastern and the
North Esk, Miramichi of New Brunswick, north central Nova Scotia and
Prince Edward Island. Her husband Rod (deceased 2004) had family ties in the Eastern
Townships of Quebec, the greater-Toronto area and the North West
Territories. Their five children were born in Edmonton, Alberta and
Kitchener, Ontario. Four are married and there are six grandchildren, scattered from coast to coast from P.E.I.
to Quebec and westward to Vancouver Island. A bachelor son lives in Nova
In the summer of 1997 Rod and Sandra had great fun acting as extra,
doubles and stand-ins the CBC Television series Emily of New Moon.
It was difficult to have a conversation with Sandra (nee: Hosford)
that didn't eventually get around to genealogy or history.
She boasted ancestral ties to many of the primary Maritime pioneer
settlement groups: Irish, German , English (especially Yorkshire) and
the United States (including Loyalist). The grandchildren expand the
sphere to Acadian, French-Canadian and Huguenot.
Other things which kept Sandra busy included active involvement on
the executive of the Southeastern Branch of the New Brunswick
Genealogical Society, volunteer trainer at Heritage Room, Moncton
Library, book review editor of Generations, quarterly journal of NBGS,
membership in the New Brunswick Irish Society, leading seminars, guest
speaker gigs, writing features and assignments for magazines and
newspapers plus undertaking research projects (specializing in genealogy
and history) for individuals, private and public sector companies,
religious groups and organizations.
In her spare time Sandra indulged in her other passions:
contract bridge, flower gardening, crossword puzzles, camping,
photography, golf, needlepoint and travelling.
|Genealogy researchers in Atlantic Canada, and those having family connections there were saddened to learn that Sandra Devlin, writer of 'Missing Links' & 'East Coast Kin', was diagnosed with terminal Cancer in September 2005, and passed away in February of 2006. Sandra will be deeply missed by her readers, friends and all of us at The Global Gazette |
East Coast Kin, by Sandra Devlin - links to archived articles
- Free versus fee, a foolish spat
- 'Tis The Season For Family Reunion Planning
- Are Acadian graves in Louisiana at risk?
- Book Review - Early Carroll Families of the Bartibog River (New Brunswick)
- The Search for Heinrich Stief, A Genealogist on the Loose
- Priceless old letters return “home” to Newfoundland
- Do you have a missing clue to the Mulligan stew?
- National Archives Association Is Raising CAIN
- Some Research Tips
- More About Researching Female Ancestors
- Collecting Moments In Time
- Finders, keepers! Resources For Finding Your "Strays"
- What I learned in Providence, Rhode Island
- Following tales of lore ... one researchers journey typical of many
- Old Directories in the Maritimes ... plus selected extracts from 1878-1879
- A Soft Spot For All Things Irish, Another Resource for Finding Your Irish Kin
- Using Professions, Education and Hobbies To Trace Female Ancestors
- Real-Life Examples Of Searching For Women In Your Tree
- Become a detective on the trail of your female ancestors
- Explosion of information in cyberspace is a big boost to your search for female ancestors
- Target Ottawa, In Person Or On-line, In Your Search For Female Kin
- October Is Women's History Month
- An Overlooked Goldmine of Female Ancestor Research
- Building On Two Primary Rules Of Researching Women Ancestors
- The Other Half of Your Family
- Nova Scotia Inheritance Up For Grabs
- From Prince Edward Island With Love
- Poor Ignorant Children- Irish Famine Orphans in Saint John, New Brunswick
- Churches Played Vital Roles In Maritimes - Part I
- Churches Played Vital Roles In Maritimes - Part II
- Churches Played Vital Roles In Maritimes - Part 1II
- Genealogy Vacations
- Writing Your Family History
- Journals & Diaries - Part I
- Journals & Diaries - Part II
- Journals & Diaries - Part III
- Thanks For Your Thoughts On Journals & Diaries
- How Others View Journals & Diaries
- "Boston-States" Lured Maritimers In Droves - Part I
- "Boston-States" Lured Maritimers In Droves - Part II
- The A to Z of Maritime Place Names
- Home Children in the Maritimes
- Maritime History Lesson, Part One
- Maritime History Lesson, Part Two
- Maritime History Lesson, Part Three
- Maritime History Lesson, Part Four
- It Happened In The Night...
- Loyalists, Church Faithful And Other Pioneers Of South Western New Brunswick
- Research Resource - Published Law Reports
- Steeves Mystery Finally Solved...
- Atlantic Shipwrecks
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Father of the Canadian Crown Exiled from the court of his father, and accompanied by his long-time mistress Julie de St. Laurent, the 24-year-old Prince and future father of Queen Victoria arrived in Quebec City in 1791....
Edwardsburgh Family HistoriesIncludes family histories of more than 70 families in Edwardsburgh Township and...
[Grenville County, Ontario]
Abbey pH Testing Pen A fast, easy, inexpensive and dependable way to determine the acidity of paper, documents, storage boxes, packing tissue and....
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Institutional Visiting in the Nineteenth Century
Household Counts: This collection not only makes an important contribution to family history, but also to the widening intellectual exploration of historical censuses......
Canadian Households and Families in 1901
The Trail of the Black WalnutStarting soon after the outbreak of the American Revolution numerous Pennsylvania-German families and so-called "Plain Folk" (i.e. Mennonnites, Dunkards, Moravians, Amish, Hutterites, etc) migrated north to Canada in successive waves. Together, in cultural and religious and kinship groups they settled.....
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"Lily of the Mohawks"
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A Guide For Family & Local Historians
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