NEW BRUNSWICK GENEALOGICAL BOOKS
Mum had sent her Christmas order early to Eatons. But she was quite
disappointed at the exchanges that had been made as well as the “out of
This was really good news for Cliff and me as she decided she would go
to the city on Saturday when Gramp took the cans of cream into the
Being the children of a farmer, money was scarce but that would not
hinder our joy of looking at all the toys and things that we knew we
would not be getting.
We were up early on Saturday morning and were surprised to see the
blowing snow as we watched out the window for Gramp’s black Oldsmobile
with the suicide back doors.
As we waited, I whispered to Cliff that maybe Gramp would treat us to
Ginger Ale at the soda fountain counter at Robbins Drug Store where we
could look for the unseen person who opened the door.
Gramp drove slowly as the roads were slippery. It seemed to take forever
to get to the Golden Ball Corner to start Mum’s shopping spree.
She took the list out of her purse and we walked across to Duval’s on
Waterloo Street to see if they had a jackknife that would be suitable
The wind was howling as we made our way along Union Street to check
at Davidson’s, the woolen goods store, where there was a beautiful
sheep guarding the door. Mum found a couple of skeins of mohair yarn for
Next stop was the Metropolitan Store on Charlotte Street for scarves for the twins.
The Five and Ten was handy so Mum stopped there as they might have Pot of Gold chocolates on sale.
As we walked through the City Market, I knew we were headed for MRA’s
Toy Land. We were allowed to stay there and look at all the beautiful
toys, to give Mum the opportunity to browse their Lower Price Store.
On her shopping list was the book “Rangers of the Lone Star” by Zane
Grey as she had heard Dad say, he would like to have a copy. But there
was a problem as Mum had no idea what store would have that title.
Things haven’t changed much over the years as we still search for a special book for a special person.
My Carrie’s generation would tell us to go online to search.
If you are looking for a local New Brunswick book, the Kings County
Museum, Hampton has an extensive collection of historical works by
authors and historians from throughout Kings County and across New
Brunswick. For more information, visit
http://www.kingscountymuseum.com/books. Telephone (506) 832-6009 or
Some of the titles would be:
Down with the Rigidly Righteous: The Poems
of John Dunham, edited by John R. Elliott - a collection of over 200
poems by an incredible – but little known figure - from New Brunswick's
past. John Dunham (1868-1944) was a keen observer and his witty,
insightful poems create a vivid depiction of life along the river in
Kings and Queens Counties. 317 pages - fully indexed with photos.
Diary of Philip Nase, 1836 to 1885: Family, Business & Politics on the Lower Saint John River.
This diary covers a fascinating mix of genealogy, local history, river history, and Canadian and world events.
The Land of Milk & Honey: A History of Upham by Edward Kilpatrick
takes the reader through the community of Upham, farm by farm, looking
at the original land grants of the area and how those properties passed
through families over time. Included are many images of the Upham area.
Other books at the Kings County Museum include:
The Bloomfield Area Remembered by David G. Keirstead.
Stagecoach Days on the Westmorland Great Road, 1835 to 1872 by W. Eugene Goodrich.
The Records of the Reverend James Gray, Kings County, New Brunswick 1857 to 1898.
Diary of Flora Somerville: The Lady of the Narrows Vol. 1 & 2 compiled by Graeme F. Somerville.
Hampton Consolidated School, A Story Worth Telling by David G. Keirstead and several other titles.
At the Albert County Museum http://www.albertcountymuseum.com/giftshoponline is
The World War I Diaries and Letters of Lieut. Louis Stanley Edgett - Tom Edgett & Dave
At the Steeves House Museum http://www.steeveshousemuseum.ca/#!merch-and-donations/c1nx6 you will find:
Heinrich and Regina: The Story of the First Steeves.
New Voices on the Shores.
The Search for Heinrich Stief.
The St. John River and its Tributaries.
Saint John Ships and Their Builders.
Back A Long Way.
The Quaco Library in St. Martins has:
Women In the Golden Age of Sail by Donal Baird.
The Sea Captain's Wife by Beth Powning.
Beach Detective by Peggy Kochanoff.
In the Great Days of Sail by Archibald MacMechan.
The New Brunswick Branch of the United Empire Loyalist Association of
Canada has the following books listed on their website at
Loyalists All by Gail Bonsall Pipes.
The Loyalists of New Brunswick by Esther Clark Wright.
Some Burial Records of the Loyalist Burial Ground, Saint John, NB, by
Graeme F. Somerville.
Loyally Yours 100 compiled & edited by
Frederick H. Hayward, UE.
Their Loyalty They Kept by Glen N. Wiche.
Pay a visit to the New Brunswick Museum Gift Shop at Market Square in Saint John, NB where there are New Brunswick books for sale.
The New Brunswick Genealogical Society has some books listed at
http://www.nbgs.ca/forsale.php and the Saint John Branch of the New
Brunswick Genealogical Society at http://www.nbgs.ca/cpage.php?pt=198
Also take a look at Charlotte County Gen Web at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nbcharlo/bib.htm
To me books are a gift to treasure for ever and ever.