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The Thrill of the New Brunswick Genealogical Hunt

Calm, cool and collected was how Mum described Gram. I really didn't understand the words but I knew Gram laughed a lot and never seemed to lose her temper. But this certainly didn't apply to her one day when we dropped in to visit.

She was in a real stew. Aunt Sadie said she had dumped out her sewing basket 10 times and gone through her dresser drawers 100 times but to no avail. Her lapel watch, which Gramp had given her many years before, was missing.

She had worn this piece of jewelry at every dress-up occasion, including family weddings and funerals.

Cliff and I went on a hunt of every nook and cranny in the house.

Finally, just as we were ready to give up, Cliff put his hand down the edge of the cushion of the big chair and gave a yelp. You might say the pin on the watch found him.

In searching for lost relatives, we are often ready to give up when all of a sudden some important fact is stumbled upon. This happened to me a week ago as I was reading microfilm of the Kings County Record and had mistakenly reversed the month with the date but something found me. It was the wedding of Gramp's sister in September of 1903 that had taken place at the family farm known as Brookside. An added bonus was the listing of the guests and the gifts they had given. That list caused me lots of headaches as I tried to figure out the connections to the bride and groom of each one.

I am certain Gram was wearing her lapel watch that day as she did at her own wedding on the lawn of her home in June of that year.

Obituaries often provide a listing of the donors of flowers which is another way to discover the names of cousins, friends and neighbours.

I spent hours on Gram's autograph book given to her in 1902 by her future mother-in-law. I still have not figured out the connections of some of the people who wrote a verse.

My aunt's autograph book from Normal School gives insight into the gals who were heading out to teach throughout New Brunswick.

Websites are springing up with all kinds of information on families.

Sometimes you need to be a good detective to determine if the truth has been written. But then that is the way one learns the most.

Lots of information can be found on the New Brunswick Genealogical website in the First Families section at  which is a compilation of information received by the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick on 7,414 of the first families to arrive in New Brunswick.

Diane McLeod has added a New Brunswick Clues Repository to her website at One section is titled Family Trees. Of interest to me was the "Descendants of CALEB SPRAGG" that contains many photos such as one of Ann Spragg who was born on May 3, 1799, in Springfield and died on Feb. 10, 1883, having been married to Daniel Scott from Scotland who died April 1839. Another is that of Nancy Waters with her "LINES OF DESCENT" of Reid and Allaby. Lots more can be found on Diane Mcleod's site.

The Raymond Paddock Gorham Collection (PANB MC211) with notes on Loyalist Grantees at is most interesting.

Another great stopping place for Loyalist roots is R. Wallace's Hale "Fort Havoc" at where CDs can be ordered. There is also free information such as the Banishment Act of the State of Massachusetts.

The 1901 and 1911 census records have been transcribed by volunteers and placed on with links to the original handwritten census and other records.

New Brunswick Genealogy Links at is your gateway to online genealogy for New Brunswick, the Maritimes and beyond. It provides thousands of links to online New Brunswick records

Last but not least is our own Provincial Archives of New Brunswick site at, with 1,702,127 records on its database, 5,043 photographs, 55,002 digitized documents plus lots more free information.

Family research means being a detective, using every clue you can find to solve and document your work. At times, the fun part is proving others right or wrong in their compilations.

Query 1565
Kilpatrick-McElwee: William Kilpatrick was born circa 1800 and arrived in New Brunswick in 1824. In 1840, he married Rosanna McElwee in Saint John. She died in 1854 at age 33 and is buried in the Church of England Cemetery in Saint John. As of the 1851 census they had the following children: Joseph (Captain, died 1926 in St Andrews), John, Margaret, Alexander (died 1916, Penobsquis) and Henry Kilpatrick. I am interested in finding and sharing any information about the family.
3 Merret Dr.
Oromocto, NB
Canada, E2V 2L8

Query 1566
Kirkpatrick-Saunders: Andrew Kirkpatrick and Charles Saunders migrated from Scotland and got a grant for 200 acres of land along the Kennebacasis River. This was recorded in 1789. The land would become known as Kirkpatrick Acres. Any information would be appreciated.

Query 1567
Cassidy-Brown: Rosanna Cassidy, who was born Dec. 24, 1824, in Ireland and came to New Brunswick in 1832, got married on March 5, 1846, in Saint John, to James Brown who came from England in 1836 at 18 years of age. Rosanna died Nov. 18, 1912, and is buried in Fernhill Cemetery, Saint John. I need to know where in Ireland Rosanna was born and who her parents are.

Query 1568
Brevard-White-Lawson: I would be grateful for any information about my great-grandparents Andrew and Margaret (Brevard) White, who came from Queens County, New Brunswick, to Michigan about 1868. Andrew was the son of Philip and Catherine (Lawson) White. Is Andrew referred to in E. Stone Wiggin's book The History of Queens County?
253 E. 10th Street
Traverse City, Michigan
49684, USA

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