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Early Christmas present from the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick

Christmas was fast approaching -just a few more days left. Mum had fruitcakes stored in the spare bedroom, all the great-tasting sweets were in tin boxes in the outside pantry, the tree was in the woodshed and certain closets were out of bounds.

I knew money was scarce and not to expect anything expensive but a six-seater wooden toboggan, skiis, a pair of white skates to replace the pair of boys' I had been wearing, a fancy wristwatch and Anne of Green Gables books were on my wish list.

For folks doing family research, Christmas arrived early this year - on Nov. 10, 2010 - when the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Vital Statistics from Government Records website presented a stocking filled with 483,292 digitized images of original birth (1888 -1914) and marriage (1889-1960) records.

Many of the births are from the Late Birth Registrations, many prior to 1888, when people had to prove their birthdate and the names of their parents.

In Adeline Althea Kilpatrick's application in 1945 for a birth registration, the Upham resident stated her father was John Kilpatrick, mother was Caroline Lyne and that she was born June 24, 1885. Dr. Brady was present at her birth. Her sister Lizzie, who was 18 years her senior, wrote that she was present in the house and had a distinct recollection of the occurrence of the birth.
Scroll down webpage to View Birth Certificate of Adeline Kilpatrick  

Sarah Elizabeth Traynor was born on April 27, 1877. Her father was James Traynor, age 40, born in Barnesville. Her mother, Mary Hogan, was 42, born in Salt Springs. She was the sixth child with three living. Information was verified on Sept. 8, 1933, by Mary Alice McDevit.
Scroll down webpage to View Birth Certificate of Sarah Elizabeth Traynor

The marriage certificates will add substantial information to a family tree. The age of bride and groom is given, along with their place of birth, marital status, residence, signatures, religion, the names and places of birth of their parents, signatures of witnesses, place of marriage and name of officiating person.
Scroll down webpage to View Marriage Certificate of John B. Murdoch and Mary Gaynor

As Santa and his reindeer make their way around the world on Christmas Eve with presents, the special gift for the researcher of New Brunswick families will be free access to the nearly half-million images made available on the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick website at

These records will be used long after the Christmas lights are put away.

Merry Christmas


Query 1764
Russel-Sterritt-Andrews-Seeley: Seeking information on David or Daniel Russell who married Mary Ann (Sterritt) Andrews. They had a son John James Russell, born May, 1834 in Saint John, who married his first cousin Mary Jane (Seeley) Andrews in 1862 while a resident and shoemaker in Kingston, Kings County. Cynthia Russell Cudmore, 4 Ronald Ct. Quispamsis, N.B., E2E 1J2. Call 849-2680; email

Query 1765
McLaren-Wetmore-McGarrity: Seeking information on the McLaren family of Titusville-Upham-Barnesville, Kings County. Hugh Thomas McLaren was born 1819 and settled at an early day in New Brunswick, where he followed farming and also owned a saw mill. He was married to Elizabeth McGarrity. He died in Titusville in 1894. His son, Joseph R. McLaren, was born in Saint John in 1846, reared and married there to Lydia Wetmore, who was born Nov. 30, 1842, also in Saint John. He was trained as a lawyer and in 1883 and settled in Stevensville, Montana. Email

Query 1766
Godsoe: James Whitney Godsoe, mariner, was born in Saint John in 1810 then moved to Liverpool, England. I am seeking information on the siblings and parents of his father James Whiteny Godsoe who also was a mariner. Contact Karen Murphy, England, by email

Query 1767
Dunn-O'Keefe: Mary Dunn, born Ireland, married Simon (Simeon) O'Keefe, born along the Miramichi River. The Miramichi Fire of 1825 destroyed their possessions. Interested to know marriage date, Simon's birthdate and names of all parents. Contact Jennifer Corcoran, Co. Cork, Ireland, by email

Query 1768
Sharpe-Fairweather: Seeking information on the family connections of George William Leander Sharpe (1850-1907), whose first wife was Ada Z. Mabee (1851-1902). His parents were Thomas Coates Sharpe, born 1813, and Charlotte Matilda Fairweather, born 1813, and his twin sister was Georgianna Mary Sharpe-Fairweather. Contact James M Goodrich by email

Query 1769
Yerxa-McLellan: Martha Yerxa married George Herbert McLellan on May 3, 1876. They lived in St. Stephen. Both are also buried there. I believe Martha was born in the Keswick area around 1847. I am interested in learning about parents and siblings. Martha died Feb. 21, 1941; George, born 1846 and died 1922. Contact Bill by email

Query 1770
Day-Kupkey: Andrew Day and Sarah (Kupkey) Day are buried at Trinity United Church on the Kingston Peninsula. I have also found the 1881 census showing them in Kingston (Andrew age 36 and Sarah age 32 with four children). In the 1891 census, they are listed as living in the Lansdowne area of Saint John. I am looking for information relating to when they lived in Kingston. Contact Tracy by email

Query 1771
Goucher-Gouger: Looking for any information on Joseph, Stephen and Edward Goucher/Gouger. All were Loyalists who emigrated to Canada after the Revolutionary War. Joseph was a grantee of St. John. The others went to Wilmot, Annapolis. Contact Caroline by email

Query 1772
Johnston: James Johnston, born circa 1796, and wife Isabella, born 1800, lived in Petersville and had several children, including William born circa 1829. I have the 1861 census. I am looking for any prior information on this family. Contact Gretchen by email

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