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Check the Appendix

To see Murray fishing in the brook was a sign the trout were biting but that didn’t sway Mum to let us off the hook of doing our lessons.

Even when we told her we had dug a can of worms and cut new fishing poles, she didn’t budge.

Lessons were to be finished before we went fishing!

To make matters worse, I had forgotten to bring home my dictionary. It was really slow going on the crossword puzzle assignment of filling in the spaces with names of body parts.

Cliff suggested, I do the easy ones first.

I knew a flower was an iris, another name for a trunk was chest, measurement was foot, a brace in a ship was a knee. But I was stuck and close to tears on the last one - a section of supplementary information at the back of a book.

Finally Mum relented and gave me the answer - appendix.

When doing genealogical research, the appendix is quite often one of the most informative sections in the book.

For example in “The Blacks in New Brunswick” by W. A. Spray, Appendix II is a petition from Free Blacks requesting aid to establish a school and authorizing Thomas Peters to act as their agent in dealing with government and signed with an ‘X’ by fifteen men. Appendix IX has a photo of Dan Taylor and Alex Diggs at the Loch Lomond Fair circa 1900. Appendix X has a photo of Amonia Diggs, Commercial Traveller in 1906. Appendix XI is a petition of the Black Settlers at Loch Lomond in 1840 asking for assistance in establishing a school - giving the names of eighty-three people.

The appendices of “After the Hector” - The Scottish Pioneers of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton 1773-1852 by Lucille H. Campey hold 110 pages of information.

The eighteen page Appendix VIII of the “Biographical Directory of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Free Baptist Ministers and Preachers” by Frederick C. Burnett lists the churches.

Genealogical researchers find the appendix of “The Loyalists of New Brunswick” by Esther Clark Wright very helpful as the comprehensive list gives the names of heads of families or single men of 18 years of age and upwards, their former home, their service during the revolution, their first grants, their subsequent grants and place of residence.

Appendix I in B. J. Grant’s “When Rum Was King” lists the names and addresses of more than three hundred bootlegging cases taken from a selection of New Brunswick newspapers of 1920 to1933.

Appendix B of  “Together In Exile” by Peter D. Murphy has the listing of the folk who came from County Louth, Ireland to Saint John in 1834 on the Brig Cupid.

Always check the appendix section of a book as you may be pleasantly surprised at the information found.

The Saint John Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society will be meeting on May 25, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lions Den, Loch Lomond Villa. Guest speakers will be Norton Wyse and Charles Valpy, volunteers at the New Brunswick Museum, who have accumulated  information on local shipyards, shipowners and ships, particularly Saint John and southern New Brunswick. Members are asked to bring anything related to ships, shipbuilders or shipyards to share with the group.
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