Winter Reading

Cliff and I had spent the entire afternoon sliding on our new toboggan. But we knew it was time to head home for supper, when the sun slid down over the hill.

Before we reached the door, we could hear hammering sounds coming from the back porch.  One of Dad’s Christmas presents had been a Farmer’s Almanac which forecasted heavy snowfall in January and February. It seemed he felt he would need a good supply of wood in the back porch to lessen the trips through the deep snow to the wood shed. Thus, he was preparing for the winter by building a second wood box.

It might be a good idea for Family Researchers to get their reading material list ready for the winter, whether it be purchasing a book for your bookshelf, borrowing from the library or bookmarking some interesting genealogy sites on the web.

The New Brunswick Public Libraries Catalogue website at allows you to check the holdings of all libraries within the province while sitting at your computer.

Murray Hubbard’s, 1991 publication, “How Well I Remember” Speerville, New Brunswick, holds lots of details on the six brothers and a cousin who were born in Tyrone, Ireland, near the border of County Donegal and came in the 1820's to “Speer Settlement” as it was originally named.

The Oscar Morehouse Years” by Eugene Campbell was published in 1981. It is the story of the son of  Elisha Morehouse and Eunice Crouse, who was born in 1857 in the Keswick area. He rose from a poor farmer’s son to become a household word throughout much of New Brunswick, as a doctor and a politician.

Plan to spend a few hours at a research institution browsing the “Big Reds” - Journals of the House of Assembly of New Brunswick.

If you have Loyalist ancestors, the “Loyalist Lineages of Canada” books hold more than one thousand pages of family lines that were submitted by members of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada and can be viewed in the Reference Departments of the Saint John, Moncton and St Andrews Libraries.

You will lose track of the hours as you read all the information that Wallace Hale has posted on his Fort Havoc website at

New Brunswick Genealogy Links at is considered to be the most comprehensive genealogy resource for New Brunswick and it is free. There are more than 1000 links to New Brunswick data sites containing over 1,500,000 online records. Click on the county on the map of New Brunswick for county records.

Craig Walsh’s History of New Brunswick, Canada website at provides information on the formation of the counties and parishes, plus summaries and transcriptions of the various acts of the New Brunswick legislature relating to vital statistics.

Pay a visit to Rob Fisher’s website   that is devoted to the history of the Fisher family of New Brunswick with resources for genealogy in the Maritime provinces of Canada, including censuses, maps, historic images, and more. Be certain to look at the digital editions of the 1875 Atlas of Saint John City and County and the 1878 Atlas of York County.

The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick website at  has on-line research available in Government Records for Records of Old Revolutionary Soldiers and Their Widows, Births, Marriages, Deaths, Land Petitions, Saint John Burial Permits, Marriage Bonds, Petitions for Teachers' Licences and more. Private Records include, Guide to Biographies, Family Histories, Hutchinson and Lovell Directories. The many Cemetery records compiled by the New Brunswick Genealogical Society are very helpful. There are on-line Exhibits of New Brunswick at War, Women at Work, Royal Visits to N. B., Canoeing on the River and Historical Images.
There are photos of New Brunswick to be viewed at
Global Genealogy at  provides many genealogy and history links to not only resources of Canada but also for England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

Searching the 1901 census for New Brunswick and parts of other provinces of Canada can be done from the comfort of your home by clicking on is a site devoted to Canadian genealogy databases of source records.

The columns that I have written during the last seven years are available for reading on my website at You will also find my “Beginner’s Guide to Searching Your Roots in Saint John” posted here.

As another year draws to a close, I wish to thank, those who have contributed queries and shared their research results with others, the members of our research institutions who always take the time to answer my requests and a very appreciative thank you to the New Brunswick Genealogical Society for honouring me with a Life Membership.

May all your brick walls in genealogy be knocked down in 2005.

Happy New Year!

Query 1241
King: Sylvenus King was born in Kingsclear, New Brunswick in 1796.  He married Lucy King, who was born in Kingsclear in 1801. They had two sons, Sylvester and Elias. Any information would be appreciated.
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