The Beginning
Starting your genealogy quest can be daunting.
Do you remember your first day of school?

If you were anything like me, you were probably very frightened of letting go of your mom's hand and stepping into the unknown world of the classroom.

Beginnings are often daunting - whether it's your first day of school, the first bike ride without training wheels . . . And beginning the quest for an ancestor in New Brunswick is no exception. If you don't know where to look, it can be pretty frustrating. But thanks to Robert Fellows, the search is made easier.

"Researching Your Ancestors in New Brunswick, Canada" by Mr. Fellows is a great resource book. Before retirement, Mr. Fellows was on the staff of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick. He has been doing research for many years and it shows. The book is comprehensive, user friendly and written in language that the novice can understand.

In the preface, Mr. Fellows writes: "It has been said that everyone should study the past in order to understand the present and to anticipate the future."

How true. Mr. Fellows also says that his reason for preparing the publication is to help people who have always wanted to compile a family history but never knew where to start. He certainly accomplished his goal. On numerous occasions over the years, I have been helped by the information found between the covers of this book.

Mr. Fellows can help you too. You will find "Researching Your Ancestors in New Brunswick, Canada" at the Saint John Free Public Library and at other research institutions.

At some point in your research, you will no doubt be looking to our neighbours in the south for information. Relatives may have migrated to the United States or ancestors may have emigrated from the U.S. to New Brunswick. Check at your local Research Institution for books on RESEARCHING in the United States. 

Queries have been grouped together to cover the year 1998 and can be viewed at Queries-1998

Ruby Cusack is a genealogy buff living in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Readers are invited to send their New Brunswick genealogical queries to Ruby at When E-Mailing please put Yesteryear Families in the Subject line. Please include in the query, your name and postal address as someone reading the newspaper, may have information to share with you but not have access to E-mail. Queries should be no more than 45 words in length.

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