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Genealogy During the Summer

Mum told us that we could have the first week of summer vacation to ourselves. We did not need to listen for the alarm clock nor did we need to go to bed at a set time. She also said we wouldn’t even be required to help with the chores. This sounded great to us.

We started to make plans for the things we wanted to do. One idea was to get Gord to accompany us on a hike to the Darling Land. Another on the list was to ask Dad to take us to St. Martins to visit the caves followed by a picnic on the beach.

Summer is also the time for family researchers to make plans for the events they want to attend and the places they want to visit.

A Genealogy Session is being held at the Quaco Museum, St. Martins on Tuesday, July 19, 2005 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Help will be given in getting people started on the right foot in searching their family history. Local residents and residents of the surrounding areas are encouraged to bring in any old photos they have so they can be scanned to add to the Museum’s collection. If you have genealogical information that would enhance the genealogy database please bring that along. The archivist, curator, librarian and president will be on hand as well as the summer staff to assist. Guided tours of the museum will also be available for a small fee. For more information, visit the website at or telephone 506-833-4740.

An Historical and Genealogical Fair will be held on July 30, 2005 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Archibald Room of the Recreaplex, 122 Inch Arran Ave. in Dalhousie. For more information, please contact the Restigouche Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 5453, Dalhousie, NB, E8C 3C2 or by email at

The Kings County Museum will be having a Genealogy Workshop on Thursday, July 14, 2005 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the residence of Janet Kilpatrick, 266 Titusville Road, Titusville. There is no charge for the workshop but if a chili and soup supper is desired, the cost is $4.00.  At 7:30 p.m. a Ghost Walk will be held at St. Peter’s Anglican Cemetery, 2168 Route 820, Upham with musical entertainment by Harry and Lois Beyea. For more information, phone 506-832-7740 or 506-832-7244.       

The collection of the New Brunswick Agricultural Museum in Sussex includes hundreds of artifacts from the rural way of life such as agricultural equipment, housewares, and military memorabilia.

Plan to make a visit to the Kings County Museum in Hampton to see the exhibit commemorating the "Year of the Veteran". As well, you will find a great variety of genealogical material housed there.

The Campbell Carriage Factory Museum, 19 Church Street, Middle Sackville was originally built as a tannery in 1838. It was converted into a carriage factory in 1855. The factory produced high-quality horse-drawn vehicles, agricultural equipment and caskets until 1949. The Museum houses over 6000 artifacts and is dedicated to "The Horse Era of Tantramar".

The Central New Brunswick Woodmen's Museum, Boiestown consists of twenty exhibit buildings depicting the lifestyles of the Miramichi People. Lumbering, is the main focus but fishing and farming displays are featured also.

The Steeves House Museum at 40 Mill Street, Hillsborough is a charming Colonial mansion. The original cottage around which the mansion is built was finished in 1812. In 1814, William Henry Steeves, who became one of the Fathers of Confederation, was born here, being the oldest of eleven children.

At the Fort Beauséjour National Historic Site, 111 Fort Beauséjour Road, Aulac, you will step back in time to an era when England and France were caught up in a tug-of-war for supremacy in Acadia. You will also learn about the origins and history of the area's inhabitants.

The coastal communities of Maces Bay, Dipper Harbour and Chance Harbour will be holding their Fishermans Days on August 5 and 6. Genealogical material will be on display at St. Brendan’s Church Hall in Dipper Harbour.

If you are searching for information on your New Brunswick ancestors, plan to spend some time in the museums - some are open throughout the years while others open their doors only during the summer months. I also suggest you attend workshops, do some prowling through cemeteries and “talk” to anyone who will lend an ear - you never know who may have the missing piece of the puzzle.


Query 1317
Slater - Buchanan: Thomas Slater, born 1828, married Nancy Buchanan of Carleton, New Brunswick. Their son Thomas Slater married Kate Buchanan of York County, New Brunswick.
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Query 1318
Eastler - Strayhorn: William E. Eastler born 1850 in Lepreau, died 18 Oct. 1894 in Saint John,  married Isabella Strayhorn 16 Aug. 1877 in Portland, New Brunswick.  I am looking for the names of his parents.  What is the connection to Robert Esler or Alexander Estler?
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New Harbor, ME
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