Vital statistics place a person in his or her era and location. They place her in a family and community but they miss the panoply of a life lived. Essays go between the statistics offering texture and color about a few of the Cookes and their communities.

  Ways of Looking Back

Ways of Looking Back Good history calls for a willingness to change our minds about the past
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 The Cook Boys and Sidney Holmes

The Cook Boys and Sidney Holmes Another look at an early blended family reveals fresh conclusions affecting planter families in Cobequid
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  Another Century’s Scourge

Another Century’s Scourge Before bacteria and antibiotics were known, thousands died from an illness known as consumption
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  In Her Heyday

In Her Heyday Time and again, the measure of a woman was set by her own reckoning
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Between the Lines

Between Lines Patriotism and adventure were irresistible to young men eager to prove themselves
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Thomas Cook, wher ar yae fram?

Thomas Cook, wher ar yae fram? His kinship is documented but his origin is still obscure
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