Seniors’ Column

This week's column looks at genealogy and knowing where we come from.

One of my favourite hobby interests happens to be conducting research into family histories, which I have recorded on my computer hard drive over the years.

Iā€™m Scottish by birth and as time passed, I found it fascinating to learn that many of my ancestors had originated primarily in Norway. Throngs of hardy warriors had succeeded in making their way across the northern Scottish coastal waters during sixteenth century medieval times.

Eventually those rugged Viking warrior ancestors were to make their mark in the annals of history, relating in great and unmistakable detail, their astounding death defying high-sea travels .

Their travels concluded in the assimilation of the early Viking generations with our Scottish predecessors. In time, this of course led to cultural amalgamation with the early Scots (Picts as they were referred to then), along with countless generations of other ethnic representatives dating back over a thousand years and more.

Thanks to all the users, teachers, volunteers and supporters of the Nakusp Computer Access Centre and other local resources, I have been able to sign up for a number of free and updated computer software programs which were recently installed on their own units whenever the opportunity has arisen.

Over time I have spent countless hours of genealogical study, as with other members of our family, developing an interesting bank of Celtic history data and ancestral information which filled a great deal of my available leisure time along the way.

We seniors in the main are fortunate enough to enjoy fairly flexible schedules, valuable moments to read over manuscripts and other documents, and in time, learn of the benefits accorded by using a computer to record the knowledge of what we have already acquired on file.

Furthermore, the Nakusp Public Library complements the Access Centre resources by sharing with us, a variety of computer equipment and also knowledgeable volunteers and staff who are ready to provide enthusiasm and assistance whenever called upon.

One of the most popular interest groups, which operate in many communities, is known as the Family History Society ā€” a non-profit and relatively inexpensive recreational activity which can be enjoyed by friends and family members of all ages.

Drop by the library or the Access Centre and become a part of a new and delightful voyage of discovery.

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