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Keys to History

I couldn’t believe it! Aunt Ethel had given us the key to her cedar chest that was in the back bedroom and told us to go up there and entertain ourselves on this wet afternoon.

My first find was a pile of postcards tied with a blue ribbon. Cliff was busy thumbing through a book filled with sailing vessels.

Today you can use the “Keys to History” to entertain yourself. Actually it is more interesting than the cedar chest we searched through.

It is a unique website where Canadians can gain a fresh understanding of their past. It features a wealth of Canadian material currently held in the collections of several museums.

More than 90,000 documents and artifacts linked to important themes in Canadian history have been preserved in digital form, and a number of these can be found in some 50 thematic tours which are really miniature virtual exhibitions. Those with New Brunswick content include, Out of Ireland, Happy Birthday Miss Fanny, A Year To Remember:1904, All in a Day's Work: Lumbering in New Brunswick, and Evangeline, to name a few.

There is even a section featuring six interactive games where you can test your knowledge of Canadian history.

Hosted on the McCord Museum, Montreal website, Keys to History was produced with the contribution of several public and private partners, including the New Brunswick Museum, the Centre d’études acadiennes de l’Université de Moncton, the Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton and others.

When I used the search words, “New Brunswick”, up popped 8307 thumbnails of images. Some of my favourites were photographs of:

    -Lorneville, taken in about1890.

    -Spruce Lodge, Sussex -1924.

    -View of South End of Saint John -1930.

    -A stack of Finished Grindstones at Stonehaven, Gloucester County - 1928.

    -Plaster Mines at Hillsborough circa 1900.

    -‘Moama’ under Construction, Black River - 1901.

    -Inch Arran Hotel, Dalhousie - 1898.

    -Penniac Bridge, Nashwaak about 1885.

    -Just Breaking Camp on Bainberry Hill - 1923.

    -A stereograph of ‘Game from Mace's Bay’ showing hunters with their dogs - about 1875.

    -A Sampler that was done on 7 June 1878 by Margaret Donovan.

    -A Postcard of  ‘Enforcing the Canadian Temperence Act at Moncton’  - about 1902

Don’t fret about what to do on a rainy day this summer as the hours will fly by as you explore the “Keys to History website at

Query 1491
Foley - Boyle: I am looking for descendants of (Alice) Violet Foley who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1913 as a British Home Child. She married Alexander Boyle on 22 Dec 1913 in Sunbury County, NB. They are buried in the Fredericton Rural Cemetery Extension.
55 Clipper Street
Titahi Bay 6006
New Zealand

Query 1492
McDermott - Fitzmorris - Craig - Harney: Bernard McDermott married Catharine Fitzmorris in Saint John, New Brunswick on 14 Nov1832. Both were originally from Ireland. The witnesses were John and Bridget Craig and Elizabeth Harney. I am looking for any information on them and their descendants.
P.O. Box 34
Holden, Maine
04429, USA

Query 1493
Cusack: Ora King Cusack, son of Manford Cusack, was born circa 1903 in Havelock New Brunswick and lived on a farm there. Siblings were, Verna, Willow, Ralph, Cecil, Hardy and Wesley. Family moved to Portland, Maine in the early 1900s. I am interested in finding the names of the earliest Cusack ancestor to Canada and the date he came from Ireland.
2899 Agoura Road
Westlake Vlg, CA
91360, USA

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