By Mark McNeil
The Hamilton Spectator
(Dec 27, 2005)
"Today, The Spectator begins a journey of family and community discovery we're calling The Hamilton Memory Project.
We'll tell you about the growing interest in genealogy -- experts say that more than eight million Canadians are actively involved in tracing a family tree. We'll introduce you to people in the community who have unearthed remarkable stories about their ancestors, often travelling the world to collect pieces of a puzzle that for most is never-ending. We'll give you tips on how to hunt down details about your own forebears.
And in return, we'd like your help in putting together a kind of community memories scrapbook. Next year, the City of Hamilton and The Spectator both celebrate their 160th birthday and we are planning a special newspaper section in June to commemorate the milestone.
To help us assemble the content, we're asking readers to share their Hamilton stories and search their attics for pieces of local history. We're interested in untold vignettes and artifacts -- that we could photograph or scan -- that tell us about the unique experience of living in Hamilton. Tell us about your piece of Hamilton's tapestry."