Don't judge a book by its cover
The New England Historical and Genealogical Register:
Index to Names - Volumes 1 to 147

Ruby M. Cusack

My husband, was a car salesman for many years. Whenever salesmen gather for a cup of coffee, they love to tell stories.

This incident happened in 1930. It was the first day on the job for a young fellow at Christie Wilson's dealership on the corner of Paradise Row and Wall Street. Into the showroom walked a man dressed in a woodsman's jacket, bibbed overalls and gum rubbers. The sales manager winked at the other salesmen and told the new guy, "Go sell that man a car."

After a few moments of conversation, the new salesman hurried back to the office of the sales manager and excitedly exclaimed, "That man just bought the three Graham Page cars in the showroom. He paid me cash from a roll of bills in his pocket! He bought one for himself and the other two he is giving to his brothers."

The index to the "New England Historical and Genealogical Register" is a lot like this woodsman. The cover isn't very revealing, but it's what's inside that counts.

The index can be extremely helpful when researching Loyalist families. The register dates from 1847 to the present. In the 35,000 or more pages of the register, researchers may find ancestors in full five generation studies or in brief references that provide clues to other sources. One also may find stories of divorce, desertion, bigamy, bankruptcy, murder and history.

Since the first issue in 1847, this quarterly journal has published in-depth historical and genealogical articles, cemetery, church, Bible and vital records not published elsewhere, diary transactions, biographies and memoirs.

The library and archives of the New Brunswick Museum on Douglas Avenue has the new cumulative index of over one million entries. It provides quick access to the information contained in volume 51 to 148, covering the years 1897 to 1994. There is also an Index for volumes one to fifty.

"Don't judge a book by its cover," certainly applies to these volumes. 

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Queries have been grouped together to cover the year 1998 and can be viewed at

Ruby Cusack is a genealogy buff living in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Readers are invited to send their New Brunswick genealogical queries to Ruby at When E-Mailing please put Yesteryear Families in the Subject line. Please include in the query, your name and postal address as someone reading the newspaper, may have information to share with you but not have access to E-mail. Queries should be no more than 45 words in length.

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