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Using the Database of Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers
- based on over twenty-three years of work by Danny Johnson

Mum said Dad was just like a kid getting a new toy when the cream separator arrived.  He had been talking for weeks of all the advantages of electricity over the arm powered crank one he had been using for years.

It seemed to take forever to get all the parts out of the box.  Mum suggested he read the instructions before starting the assembling but he did not think that was necessary. To him it was much faster to just start doing the job.

A few week ago, I wrote about the Database of Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers, based on over twenty-three years of work by Danny Johnson that is now available on the web site of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick at

From the messages that I have received, it seems some users were so anxious to get started extracting the information from this database, they didn’t the take time to read the instructions.

One way to do the search is by using the “Name Index” where you start with selecting the first letter of the family name you are searching. I chose “C” and up popped 2,317 names. The surname “CUSACK” was there but also “CUISACK”, “CUSAC”, “CUSICK” and “CUIK”. By clicking on the surname, I was able to get information such as:

In the November 9, 1885 issue of  The Daily Telegraph of Saint John: “There was raised on the farm of Michael CUSICK near Barnesville Station a yellow top turnip which, after being neatly trimmed, measured 38 1/2 in. and weighed 21 3/4 pounds.”

The October 24, 1878 issue of  The Daily Telegraph gave us not only some information but left us with an unanswered question as to why the California newspapers were requested to publish a copy of the death on Tuesday eve. 22nd inst., of John CUSACK second s/o James CUSACK and Esther CUSACK, age 17. (California papers please copy) Funeral will take place from his father's residence St. Patrick St. Thursday half past 2 o'clock.

The use of “filters” can narrow your search by surname as there are 311,514 unique names with 640,984 names in the indexes. Personally I like to look at all the first names as one never knows what name could suddenly ring a bell.

The  Full-Text Search which enables limiting by county, place, year and newspaper is really a tool that words will not do justice to.

I thought I would take a look for CROUCHVILLE and was pleasantly surprised at the results.

By using the words “mill” and “accident”, I discovered some of the terrible tragedies involved with this occupation as on  April 22, 1874, The Daily Telegraph reported “a  fatal accident occurred at Messrs Trites saw mill at Upham (Kings Co.) on Monday afternoon, 20th inst., by which James McCULLOUGH, an employee in the mill, lost his life. It appears that McCULLOUGH's head, when he was in a stooping position near the circular saw acme in contact with it and was entirely split open. He lived four hours after the accident.”

By using “marriage” and “honeymoon”,  I found in the April 21, 1895 issue the New Brunswick Reporter and Fredericton Advertiser that on “April 19th, in New Maryland - John MORGAN, a popular young widower of this place and Mrs. Mary CARSON, a blooming young widow of Fredericton, were united in marriage by Rev. Freeman at the residence of the bride, Wednesday 10th inst. After spending a few days of their honeymoon at the home of the bride on Charlotte St., the couple drove to their new home at New Maryland.”

The scope of information you can ferret from the Database of Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers is unlimited.

I suggest you sit down at the computer with plans to spend hours of searching the web site of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick at where you will also find 1,676,898 entries on their other databases; 5,042 photographs; 55,115 digitized documents and a database guide.

By the way, take time to read the instructions that are given on the web site.
Query 1520
Pierce: Looking for the first name of the Pierce mentioned in the 6 May 1869 edition of the Morning News which reported, “On Tuesday morning a carpenter named Pierce employed at Jewett's Mill, Drury Cove (Saint John) was caught in the machinery and whirled around the shaft breaking his ribs, destroying one lung, dislocating his left ankle and breaking his arm in several places and cutting him so dreadfully that Dr. Earle pronounced his recovery hopeless.”
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Query 1521
Jack - Carmichael - Wyer - Hunt: I'm interested in any biographical information that anyone can share about my family line of Robert Melville Jack born 5 May 1837 in New Brunswick, his wife Mary Carmichael born 2 Sep 1864 and Robert's parents, David William Jack born 25 Feb 1785 in Scotland, settled in St. Andrews circa 1802 and his second wife, Mary Wyer born19 Oct 1801 in New Brunswick and Mary's parents Thomas Wyer born 15 Jun 1744 Charlestown, MA and Mary Hunt born 1764 and settled in St. Andrews, New Brunswick in 1783 as Loyalists.
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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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