--February 24, 2016.
Three ground-breaking additions were recently made to GoGaspe.com this past winter! Hundreds of hours went into digitizing and uploading Morris' Cemetery Pictures, Ken Annett's "Gaspe of Yesteryear," and two volumes of "Passing Years" by Raymond Patterson. These are all now available for public viewing in our "History / Genealogy" section, found under the Features menu, near the top of the home page.
As Morris Patterson said in his introduction to the CD version of Cemeteries of the Gaspe Area, "These pages contains photos of headstones and grave markers of many cemeteries on the Gaspe Coast. The photos were taken in the period from 2006 to 2015, and there are over 11,500 photos in all. Included are all the cemeteries from Rivière-au-Renard to Percé and Murdochville. Also included are all the non-catholic cemeteries as far west as Escuminac on the south shore of Gaspé Peninsula. Every effort has been made to include all gravestones and grave markers in this project. However some of the photographs were taken as early as 2006, so any stones or markers placed after that may not be included."
In the days of typewriters and no internet access Ken Annett developed a remarkable body of research work. Some of his efforts resulted in bound volumes available in a number of locations such as the Museum in Gaspe. Some were featured in SPEC or other Gaspe publications, but today are only available by looking at the original source material. He often spoke on CBC’s Quebec AM and was interviewed by CTV’s Harvey Kirck for a series called “Sketches of Our Town”.
"Passing Years" offers keyhole sketches of many facets of local history, much of it not readily available elsewhere. Were Raymond Patterson still living he would shortly celebrate his 105th birthday; he would surely be amazed, and I like to believe thrilled, to have his work finally "presented to the public", & simply by a click.
Visit www.GoGaspe.com to view the above, and much more.