Events and Places in New Brunswick
of Interest to Genealogists

Tomorrow was going to be an exciting day. Mum would get us up earlier than usual so she could make certain we were properly dressed for the June School Closing. Dressed up meant a white shirt and tie for Cliff. The waving iron would be heated on the stove to make some waves in my hair, to go with the big bow that was to crown my head. I hated that horrible bow. I told mum, it made me look like our one-eared rabbit but my complaints fell on deaf ears.

When the programme of recitations, songs and musical drills finished, we would go outside for games and races, after which lots of sandwiches and homemade ice cream would be served.

As we walked  home, we would chant, “No more lessons! No more books!

Things are a little different for family researchers. Summer means carrying pencil and paper, spending as much time as possible copying notes, visiting archives, museums, cemeteries and attending Genealogy Fairs.

By the way, to start off your genealogy summer, you might wish to be at the pavilion in Fernhill Cemetery, Saint John at 10:30 a.m. on July First to attend the Tribute to the Fathers of Confederation Walk with Joan Pearce and David Goss. You will be guided to the graves and hear about the lives of the two Fathers of Confederation, Sir Leonard Tilley and William Henry Steeves. Then on to the burial spot of Winnifred Blair - the first Miss Canada. My Own Canadian Home, the official song of Saint John, will be sung at the final resting place of its author, Edwin Nelson of Saint John. Information will be provided on others buried in this cemetery.

The Ste-Croix 2004 Genealogy Fair will be held on Saturday, July 3, 2004 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the New Brunswick Community College in St. Andrews, sponsored by Ste-Croix 2004 and New Brunswick Genealogical Society. Admission is free. Everyone is Welcome! Here you will get tips on how to start a family history project, visit displays set up by book vendors, genealogical researchers, genealogical societies/clubs, historical societies, cultural associations, and share information with other researchers. If you are interested in booking display space, please contact This Fair is part of the Ste-Croix 2004 Festival celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the French at St. Croix Island in 1604. For more information about the festival, visit the Ste-Croix 2004 website at

Until July 25, the “Someone Before Us” exhibit of aboriginal material will be on display at the Court House Museum in Gagetown. The “Rock-abye Baby” exhibit opens on July 31, featuring an in-depth look at cradles and the people who made them.

The Restigouche Genealogical Society will be hosting their first Historical and Genealogical Fair on July 31, 2004 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Archibald Room of the Recreaplex, 122 Inch Arran Avenue, Dalhousie, as part of the Bon Ami Festival celebrations. Anyone with an interest in genealogy or history is invited to attend. This will be a great way to discover the region, gather information and meet with people of similar interests. An "Ancestor's Cafe" will provide exhibitors and visitors a place to sit and relax or chat with old and new friends. A "Research Area" will allow those interested in doing some family tree research to browse through the many documents. Experienced searchers will be available for help and guidance. A "Silent Auction Table" will be in place to bid on favourite pieces. To commemorate the 400th Anniversary of French Culture in North America, there will be an area with an Acadian accent. Everyone is welcome to experience the North Shore hospitality and its history.

The Saint John Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society is holding a Genealogical Fair on Sept. 18, 2004 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Millidgeville North School, Boar's Head Road, Saint John.  Admission is Free!  The Fair is an "Open House" for anybody interested in genealogy. Their website is at

If you have roots in Kings County, a stop at the Kings County Museum in Hampton could provide you with many interesting details from their extensive genealogical library as well as a look at the hundreds of artifacts pertaining to Kings County. A wedding display titled, "Century of Weddings in Kings County"  is being featured this summer. You might enjoy taking a peek at the cell in the stone jail which housed the Mysterious Stranger. Their website is at

Drop into the Agricultural Museum in Sussex to see life as it was for your farming ancestors from the kitchen to the field. Their website is

Several school reunions are planned. One is for all former teachers and students of Upper Midland School at the Midland Hall, Saturday, July 31, 2004. Registration starts at 1:00 p.m. Pot luck supper at 5:00 p.m. Contact Ron Menzies 839-2040 or Arthur Keith @ 839-2008. E-mail Another reunion is for former students who attended the old St. Martins School from 1922 to 1972. It will be held in the St. Martins School on July 10, 2004. Class lists and other memorabilia will be on display. A pewter ornament of the part of the Baptist Seminary which housed the old school will be available. More information is available at

As a variety of research depositories can be found in the cities, towns and villages of New Brunswick, I suggest you do some homework in locating them, as well as the numerous historical sites which could well provide you with not only statistical and biographical information on ancestors but their way of life and the events that influenced their decisions.
Query 1179
Lehy - McGrattan: Paul Marshall McGrattan  from  St. George, New Brunswick  married  Margaret Mary Lehy. I am interested hearing  from family members and descendants as well as other McGrattan researchers.
Ted Wallace
21 Southglen Road
Brantford, Ontario
Canada, N3R 6Z8

Query 1180
Scott - Hamilton: Looking for information regarding William and Ann (Hamilton) Scott and their descendants who settled in the Summer Hill area, which is now part of CFB Gagetown.
Melinda Scott

26 Young Street
Fredericton, NB 
Canada, E3A 3Y2

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