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Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (PANB)

The Eaton’s catalogue was certainly getting tattered from all the looking the members of our family had been doing. You might say it was the way, the folk who lived in the country, did their Christmas window shopping.

I saw Mum admiring a navy blue coat with a fur collar, a matching hat and kid gloves. I am certain she saw herself dressed for church in that outfit instead of her old black fake fur coat that she had worn for years and it was probably a hand-me-down.

Cliff spent a lot of time looking at the ski-runner sleds.

I wanted a bookcase for my Lucy Montgomery books and a drop leaf writing desk, but I didn’t think I would get the desk unless Dad found one in Sandy Crawford’s second hand store in Saint John.

When Dad came in from milking, I rattled on about what I wished for.

Family researchers wish for many things - such as a faster way to search databases on the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick website. That wish came true on Oct. 24 of this year with the introduction of the integrated search function. This new feature to the Provincial Archives website will permit a federated search making it possible to search 30 different databases on the Archives web site from one entry. 

For those who are not familiar with the PANB website at  the databases in the Federated Database Search include:

    Brenan's Funeral Home Records, Saint John
    Death Registration of Soldiers, 1941-1947
    Marriage Bonds, 1810-1932
    Saint John Burial Permits, 1889-1919
    Vital Statistics from Government Records
    CFB Gagetown Cemeteries
    New Brunswick Cemeteries
    Hutchinson 1865-1868 Directories
    Lovell Directory 1871
    Port Returns [including passenger lists], 1816-1838
    Land Petitions: Original Series 1783-1918
    New Brunswick Land Grants, 1784-1997
    Early New Brunswick Probate, 1785-1835 (Wallace Hale)
    House of Assembly Sessional Records 1786-1833
    Justice of the Peace Appointment Register, 1863-1963
    Mgr Donat Robichaud Genealogical and Historical Research Collection
    New Brunswick Irish Web Portal Databases
    Newspaper Vital Statistics (Daniel Johnson)
    Records of Old Revolutionary Soldiers and their Widows
    Registers of Letters Patent and Supplementary Letters Patent Issued, 1885-1976
    Teachers’ Licences and Payment, 1812-1882

If you so wish, you can search one specific database or all 3,023,544 names from 30 databases in one place!

The Federated Database Search, finds the exact spelling of the surname you put in. You can use the first initial of a given name or the exact given name.

I typed in the surname “KILPATRICK” with first name beginning with the letter “A”. In almost the blink of an eye, up came 76 Births, Marriages, Deaths - 24 Cemetery references - 11 in the Directories - 5 Land Records and 48 in the “Other” category.

Thanks to Wallace Hale, more gifts are waiting to be searched on the PANB website. Until recently Mr. Hale hosted a web site entitled Fort Havoc. The site includes transcriptions of many early and out of print publications and documents related to the Loyalists. His first project was Thomas Jones’ 1000+ page tome The History of New York During the Revolutionary War and he went on to build an impressive on-line resource of more than 300 significant research items including Reverend William Odbur Raymond’s scrapbook of Woodstock Dispatch articles, numerous items relating to the American Revolution and the settlement of the United Empire Loyalists in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, genealogies of the Sharp, Dickinson, Smith, and Shea families, and ships passenger lists.

But that is not all - a second component of the addition is Mr. Hale’s publication, “Early New Brunswick (Canada) Probate Records 1785-1835", abstracts from 2,354 early probate files and entries in the probate register. It is possible to search by family name, name of woman and names of Blacks, Freemen, Servants and Slaves. Cross-index to Vessel Type and by County is also available.

Wallace Hale’s long hours of painstaking work and his persistence are evident as you peruse the site.

His homemade created gift is an outstanding resource that is available world wide.

As the year draws to a close, I would like to say “Thank You”  to all who have put so much effort into making PANB, one of the top free websites of New Brunswick family history.

In 2010 -11 more than 22 million pages were viewed by over one million “visitors.” The website also provides the incentive and information to bring many descendants from all over the world, home to New Brunswick, to visit the land of their ancestors.

By the way, I look forward with anticipation to the resource material that will be added to the PANB website in 2013.
Query 1844
Cusack - Wilson: Joseph Cusack married Eliza Jane Wilson in New York on 2 Jan 1838. Both gave Ireland as their country of  origin, but we have been unable to find any trace of them in Ireland or Ulster and have been unable to ascertain how, where or when they arrived in the U.S.
That lack of information and the fact that they were married in a Presbyterian Church leads us to conjecture that they may have stopped in Canada on the way from Ireland to New York. Any help would be much appreciated.
Contact Peter Cusack by email

Query 1845
Kennedy - Howes - Stevens - Horne: I am seeking information on place of residence, land deeds, relatives of James Kennedy born 14 Dec 1860 in New Brunswick, died 30 Dec 1931, was married to Ida Jane Howes who was born 21 Sept 1862 died 08 Dec 1916. Also need information on James Stevens born 15 April 1840 in Ireland married Margret Horne who was born 29 May 1851 in Nova Scotia.
Contact Carol Rymes by email

Query 1846
Cooper - Yargo: Seek information on James Cooper who was born 1845 in Saint John. New Brunswick. I recently found him at age four living in the New Brunswick Alms House as destitute and at age eight released to a Charles Yargo of Hillsborogh, Nova Scotia according to the records in the New Brunswick Archives. In the1871 Census of Digby, Hillsborough, N.S., he is living with his wife Mary E, and a Charles Yangle(Yarrigle/Yargo) at age twenty. On the Death and Marriage Records, his parents were Edward Cooper (seaman) and Martha. By 1900 James and Mary E and all their many children moved to New Hampshire, USA. I have traced them in all the US censuses until their deaths. James and Mary Cooper's children were Edward, Mary E, Charlotte, George E, Alma A, John W, Annie, Alice and Burnham Lemont.

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