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Genealogical Fair in Saint John

Saturday - September 16, 2006

The calendar page for September was well marked as birthdays for Greta, Mum and Aunt Sadie fell in this month. Dad had placed a large “X” on the date of the full moon to remind him to be ready for a frost. To us this translated into work - getting all the cucumbers and tomatoes picked for Mum’s final days of pickle making.

If you have an interest in learning about genealogy and available sources, I suggest you mark your calendar for September 16, 2006 and make plans to attend the Genealogical Fair from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Millidgeville North School, Boar's Head Road in Saint John. This event is sponsored by the Saint John Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society. To make it even better, there is no admission fee.

The Fair is an "Open House" for anybody interested in genealogy. Come and see what other researchers have been working on - perhaps your family is here! Talk to people who have genealogical information from the Saint John area, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Browse through reference information used by area genealogists.

Most of the exhibitors are folks like you, who have an interest in genealogy. This is an opportunity to share information.

The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, will be bringing resource material on Saint John, Kings and Charlotte counties from their collection with 12 tables of reference material.

The New Brunswick Museum and the Kings County Museum, will display resources held at these institutions. Several individuals have produced books and these will be on display.

At 11:45 a.m. Judith Colwell, the Archivist of the Maritime Conference Archives, will be on hand to accept a copy of Graeme Somerville’s latest book, “The Baptismal Registers of the Exmouth Street United Church. Saint John, NB”. She will also have a table with some publications for sale including Bishop Black and His Preacher, Our Fathers in the Faith and Congregational Churches in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick by E. Arthur Betts. At noon, she will be doing a presentation on the Maritime Conference Archives. I am looking forward to learning more about the material housed in this institution.

There is a place for you to display your "brick wall." Put your problem or query on a letter size sheet and put it on the wall so that all who attend may read it. Later these queries will be placed in Generations, the magazine of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society.

Professional booksellers, who sell genealogically related material will be in attendance.

If you are just starting to climb your family tree, this is a great opportunity to delve into available resources.

Come prepared with pencil, paper, your research notes and lots of “time” to browse the 75 tables of genealogical information.

By the way, at 11:00 a.m. I will be doing a short presentation on “Hints and Sources for Genealogy Research for the Beginner”.

See you there.

New and Used Genealogical and Historical books of
New Brunswick for sale.

Ruby M. Cusack is a genealogy buff living in New Brunswick, Canada. Send your New Brunswick genealogical queries to her at:  Include your name and mailing address for the benefit of the readers of the newspaper who do not have access to E-mail but could have information to share with you. Please put "Query" followed by the surnames in your query. For more information on submitting queries, visit
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