Return to Ruby Cusack dot com Home Page



Published Saturday April 18th, 2009  in Telegraph Journal

Mum had tears in her eyes as the men removed the kitchen stove that had served her so well since moving into the house in the 1920s.

She had kept the top blackened and the chrome was always shining but it was time for a change. The fire grates and one cover were cracked. Still, this didn't keep her from mourning the loss.

After much discussion, it had been decided to buy a white stove with red trim; it even had a water frontto heat water.

The new stove looked out of place in the kitchen. For several days, Mum complained that the oven was hard to regulate - she either had too hot a fire or too slow a fire. She had burnt several pans of biscuits and her chocolate cake was not cooked in the middle.

Gradually she ceased to compare the new stove with her old one but we knew she frequently missed the original.

Change is often hard to accept. That applies to genealogical research, too, whether a reorganization of library shelves or revised or new databases. Over time, however, we grow accustomed.

A big change has been made in the way we can search land records. Service New Brunswick has scanned all the Land Registry documents in the province, including the grantor/grantee indices.

The project preserves documents of historical significance that would otherwise deteriorate due to use or exposure.

Access to images of the documents are available to the public at the kiosk computers at SNB Registry Offices.

Visit for details.

In the past, searching census records was time-consuming, neck-breaking and eye-straining, but things have changed. The 1851, 1901 and 1911 New Brunswick censuses are free online at The 1881 census is on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints site at

The 1891 census is on the Library and Archives of Canada website at, along with lots of other research material.

Check the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick website often at as additions are added periodically. In March RS141 Vital Statistics - Index to Death Certificates for 1959 had 4,826 records added. This gives us 1,728,845 database records available.

Harry MacDonald of Ontario has gathered information from several sources about the people buried in the Old Burial Ground in uptown Saint John, the Old Church of England Cemetery on Thorne Avenue and Dr. Hannay's Transcription of burials in Fernhill Cemetery 1848 to about 1908. He also shares information on several New Brunswick families on his websites at and

Since I began doing genealogy years ago, many of the research methods have changed because of computers, the Internet, government support and the willingness of others to share hours of research.


Query 1663
Danahy - McKenna: John Danahy (1820-1893) and Ann McKenna (1832 -1895) settled in Waterford, Kings Co., N.B., and raised 12 children. John is noted in his obituary as coming from Ireland. I am not certain when or where he immigrated from in Ireland but I believe that it was between 1845-1850. Does anyone know anything about this couple?
Helen Danahy

<>Query 1664
Young: I am looking for information on John Wesley Saunders Young, Baptist minister at Meductic before 1900. When and where did he become a minister and who were his ancestors? I suspect that there was a Loyalist in the tree.
Evan Young
821 Anderson Drive
Saint John, N.B., Canada
E2M 4G2

Query 1665
Kennedy - Olmstead: Robert Kennedy married Charlotte (Lottie) Olmstead in 1893. They lived in the Woodstock, N.B., area. They had the following children: William George, Bessie (Betty), Gladys, Harold and Robert Cook. I am interested in finding out any information on Robert Kennedy and his family.
Stephen Kennedy

Query 1666
Kilburn - Mercer: I am researching Frederick A. Kilburn, born about 1867 in New Brunswick, Canada. That is all I know of him, except that he came out west and lived in Eureka, Humboldt County, California, and married Hermina Mercer in 1888 and died in San Francisco in 1890.
Kelly, Utah, USA

Query 1667
Seely-Johnston: John Seely was born June 8, 1843, in New Brunswick. Who were his parents and siblings? I know he married Anna Johnston on May 15, 1882, but do not know where. They lived in Clear Lake, Polk, Wisconsin and had children Leon Edwin Seely, Alveretta Seely, Ida May Seely, and Violet Seely.

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

Ruby contributes a "Family History" column to the Telegraph-Journal on the third Saturday of the month.

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

Back to Home of  rubycusack dot com