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Dad questioned why I chose a bowl of Puffed Wheat for breakfast when Mum had cooked pancakes and bacon, plus there was porridge in the double boiler. I pretended I didn't hear and kept on eating.

When it came time for bed, I had a great big bowl of Puffed Wheat and persuaded Cliff to, as well.

This brought more questions.

Finally, I admitted I wanted to open a new bag to get the free glass packed inside.

Since Mum forbade us to open a bag before the old one was empty, the only way to see if the glass had a red cardinal on the side was to eat the open bag.

I don't think much would have been said about it if Gramp hadn't been visiting. He went on at great length about how nothing in this world is free.

For you folks searching out family facts, there are lots of "free" databases and information online, including the website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ( It has an online index to the records of Canada, the U.S. and Europe. There are ancestral files, census records, Civil War Pension Index Cards, Ontario Deaths from 1869 to 1947, the U.S. Social Security Death Index and more.

In the 1850 U.S. census, 4,699 residents gave their place of birth as New Brunswick. With St. Patrick's Day just gone by, the index to Ireland civil registration of births and deaths - 1845 to 1958 - may be of interest to those seeking information on their Irish Roots.

I particularly enjoyed the nearly 100 genealogical books mentioning New Brunswick families that can be read on the site - such as A history of the Putnam family in England and America, A Holmes Migration from England through New England and Maine to New Brunswick, 1635-1992 by George H Hayward, Ancestry of Daniel James Seely, St. George, N. B., 1812, and of Charlotte Louisa Vail, Sussex, N.B., Family and descendants of Philippe Bourque and Dometilde LeBlanc - the list goes on.

Query 1657<>
In the December 20, 2008, column, query 1652 from was searching for information about the Bishop and Murray families who both settled in Chipman. Would she please contact me.

Query 1658
Foster - Paddock: Charles Foster of Kings County married Rebecca Lavinia Paddock of Kings County in 1862. My Dad used to say Charles Foster was a pirate's son. Can anyone provide details on this family lore? Also interested in getting information on Fosters and Paddocks of the Kingston Peninsula.<>L. K. Foster, 1 Whellock Rd., London, England, W4 1DY

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Beyea - Smith: I am interested in finding out if my great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Beyea, who married Horatio Valentine Smith from Smithtown, New Brunswick, was Acadian or Huguenot?<>Joan Maybank, 18903 68th Ave. West, Lynnwood, WA, 98036, U.S.A.

Query 1660
Jones - Gallant: Thomas Edward Jones was born in 1812 (not certain as to place of birth) and lived in Grand Anse, N.B. His wife Helene (Ellene) Gallant was born March 24 1822 in Quebec. They had a number of children: John, Thomas, Sara, George, Robert and Elizabeth all born in Grand Anse area of New Brunswick, while the two older children William S. and Mary were born in Quebec in 1836 and 1838. There is also a Prince Edward Island connection in a census.
Email Jane at<>

Query 1661
Curry - Lowden: Need preceding generation for Mary Curry of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, wife of James Sloane Lowden. They married in 1850 and started a large family.
Walker McKay, 2690 Townline Rd., Stevensville, ON, Canada, L0S 1S0

Query 1662
Lindsay - McVane: Mary Lindsay married Michael McVane before 1819 in Ireland and they came to New Brunswick. They had their first son in Ireland and then five more children on the Kingston Peninsula area between 1823 and 1833. I seek their death dates, et cetera.
G. J. Provost

Ruby M. Cusack is a genealogy buff living in New Brunswick, Canada. Send your New Brunswick genealogical queries to her at:  Please put "Query" followed by the surnames in your query as the subject. For more information on submitting queries, visit

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