Canadian Forces Base Gagetown
Provincial Archives of New Brunswick Website
I never tired of hearing the stories Gram told of the people
in the pictures in her photo album. Her parents’ looked really old as her
father had a long white beard and her mother wore dresses that almost touched
It was puzzling to me that she had also included pictures of tombstones so
I asked her why.
She replied, “A tombstone tells a story also. It gives the date of birth,
the date of death, age, spouse and possibly the children who died.” “Tombstones
are erected so that anyone who walks through a cemetery will know this person
lived and died.”
Today you can walk through the forty-four cemeteries of CFB Gagetown, without
leaving home by viewing the 1091 digital photos of tombstones on a searchable
database on the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick website at http://archives.gnb.ca.
When doing a search of the databases, there are three options:
1) Search the entire database of 1860 records for family name and given
2) Choose a cemetery and view all records for this cemetery.
3) Choose one of the 298 family names and view all records for this name.
The transcriptions, digitized photos, database and the application were done
by a private individual and the work donated to the Provincial Archives of
In 1953 the expropriation of the 1100 square kilometers of land currently
occupied by CFB Gagetown forced between 2000 and 3000 people to leave their
homes and their deceased loved ones.
The Base Gagetown Community History Association Inc. at http://www.bgcha.ca is a great resource for
information regarding the area and the families who lived there.
While you are visiting the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick site at http://archives.gnb.ca, I suggest you
take a look at the database of 197 New Brunswick Cemeteries in the counties
of Carleton, Queens, Sunbury, and York with 53,362 records that were compiled
by several members of the Capital Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical
Society. This is a work in progress and is constantly being added to and
hopefully one day, will cover the entire province.
Tombstones provide important genealogical information but locating
them is not always easy thus databases on this subject are of great assistance
to the family researcher.
Wilkins: George Freeman Wilkins migrated with his family from Amity,
Maine to Canterbury, New Brunswick circa 1850. Who were his parents?
-Betty Fredericks, 4 Mt. Pleasant St., (308) No. Billerica, MA, USA, 01862.
E-mail to email@example.com.
Hardy - Cole: Searching for Henry Hardy and or his ancestors. Henry was
born in New Brunswick - possibly Miramichi - and married Jane Cole, believed
to be from Nipisquit. Henry died in 1844 in New Richmond, Quebec.
-Brenda (Hardy) Hamilton, 3395 Bodard Road, Nelson, BC,
Canada, V1L 6T3. E-mail to Brenda_Hamilton@telus.net.
Ruby M. Cusack is a genealogy buff
living in Saint John. Send your queries to her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include your name and mailing address for the benefit of the readers of
the newspaper who do not have access to E-mail but could have information
to share with you. Please put "Yesteryear" followed by the surnames
in your query. For more information on submitting queries, visit http://www.rubycusack.com/Query-Instructions.html
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