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Article Published March 23, 2004

By: Paul Milner, Park Ridge, Illinois

BOOK: History of the County of Antigonish, Nova Scotia .
    By Rev. D. J. Rankin. (1929)

    Historical reprint by Global Heritage Press Inc., Milton, Ontario, Canada 2003. (originally published 1929)

    309 pp., Hardcover
Antigonish County, Nova Scotia was first settled by the French in 1776, but these were rapidly outnumbered by the incoming Loyalists after the Revolutionary War. Then followed migrations from Scotland, Ireland and New Hampshire.

The introduction provides information about these migrations, the key individuals involved, the local customs and the key institutions in a historical overview. The bulk of the text provides family genealogical sketches. These often give the place of origin of the family in Scotland or Ireland along with details about the immigrant and their descendants. The name of the spouse may appear, sometimes with occupations and later migrations. Only occasionally are dates of birth, marriage or death given. Short stories offer other research clues. For example, Martin Sommers is said to have carried the wounded Lord Nelson below decks on HMS Victory during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Now that’s worth checking further.

Much of the material in these pages will be especially helpful in sorting out the common names in the area, like the MacDonalds. However access to the genealogies is limited by the lack of an index.

Paul Milner,
Park Ridge, Illinois.

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Reprinted with permission: originally published in The Federation of Genealogical Societies' FORUM Magazine, vol 15, number 4

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