TO DO IN THE
FAMILY RESEARCH IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Seeing the old year out and the new year in seemed to be a big deal to adults. Cliff and I had stayed up for the event last year and we saw nothing at midnight but did hear the kitchen clock strike twelve times which happened twice a day every day, all year long.
Tonight, while we were waiting for the new year to arrive at midnight, we played crokinole and drank home made eggnog. Mum and Dad sat at the kitchen table and seemed deeply engrossed in conversation concerning the unfinished projects of the year and a list of things that would need to be accomplished or purchased in the new year. I heard Mum mention the need for wallpapering the kitchen and Dad seemed concerned about the ability of the cream separator to survive another year.
As 2003 approaches, I too am taking stock of the projects that didn’t get done this year and most of all I am looking forward to the genealogical related tasks that I want to do and maybe others would like to come along with me.
First on my list will be the visiting that I can do on the computer from the comfort of home. I suggest visiting the revised site of Todd Gilbert’s New Brunswick Genealogy Links
http://nbgenlinks.new-brunswick.net with 1000 links to NB data sites containing more than 1,000,000 online records, 100 links to family databases with NB connections, access to thousands of additional links to NB genealogy, NB County Gen Web and general sites and links to doing research beyond the borders of New Brunswick. This site is the premier genealogy gateway to Canada's Picture Province.
It will take many hours to view all the information in the data bases on the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick site at http://archives.gnb.ca/Archives/.
The New Brunswick Public Libraries catalogue is on line at http://vision.gnb.ca/. This is a great way to find out the books that are available at a library in your area of New Brunswick.
The National Archives of Canada http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/ is filled with information.
There are several genealogical links at http://www.kcnb.ca/GenealogyFamily.htm
If you are looking for something I mentioned in a past column, you can find all the columns on my website at www.rubycusack.com.
I suggest planning a visit to Fredericton to visit the Provincial Archives, the Harriet Irving Library and the School Museum.
In Saint John, spend some time at the New Brunswick Museum on Douglas Avenue, the Saint John Regional Library, and at the Archives of the Diocese of Saint John (You will need to make an appointment).
Many Museums are closed for the winter months. Inquire as to the ones that are in your geographical area of research and plan a visit there during the summer season.
There are several Genealogical Societies that meet regularly as well as other ethic groups such as the Loyalist, Irish Cultural, LaTour Descendants and Acadians. Don’t overlook all those family reunions that are held throughout New Brunswick.
I am running out of space but let me tell you the LIST of places to seek information on your ancestors goes on and on!
Happy New Year.
Darling - Craft: I am looking for information on the Darling family of Pleasant Ridge, New Brunswick. Bliss Darling was married to Vera Craft. His father was John Darling and this is where I run into a brick wall.
-Joy Biggley, 851 Lawrence Rd., Apt. 903, Hamilton,Ontario, Canada, L8K 6B9. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boyle - Kelly: I am seeking information on Margaret Boyle and Thomas W. Kelly who were married about 1857 in Saint John.
-Sheila Boylan Froese, 393 Borden Ave., Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, L3Y5C1. E-mail to email@example.com.
Mulholland - Kane - Parker: I am looking for information on the family of Frederick Mulholland of Campobello Island. He and his wife Sarah Kane came from Ireland in 1839. His son Frederick married Ida Parker.
Stephen Metcalf, 214 Branford Ave., Groton, CT, 06340, USA. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bleakney - Anderson - Stone - Smith - Oulton: Frances Delilah Bleakney, was born in l852 in Albert County, New Brunswick and was married in l872 to Charles Herbert Anderson of Sussex. They eventually moved to Minnesota. Charles' parents were Charles Anderson (son of Thomas Anderson and Jerusha Stone) and Nancy Smith (daughter of Nathaniel Smith and Patience Oulton). Who were the parents and siblings of Frances Bleakney?
-T. Malbon, 6120 Parkway Dr., Nanaimo, B.C. Canada, V9V1E2. E-mail to email@example.com.