Here it was Fall, yet today the very warm weather made
it feel like July. The teacher had the windows up but the room was very
hot and humid.
September 30th, 2017 at Market Square Atrium in Saint John
When we arrived home, and stepped inside, it was really warm as Mum had a
fire going in the kitchen stove. There was the aroma of bread
cooking in the oven. We spotted several pies ready to be baked.
Mum’s face was very red as she sat on a chair, next to the open window, peeling potatoes.
Her first words to us were, “I am glad you are home as I need your help.”
Before she could finish, we heard Pal barking. When we rushed to look
out the window, we saw a dapple gray team hauling a threshing machine
coming into the yard, followed by Gramp’s team hauling a large gas
engine and then came Dad’s team, pulling an empty hay wagon.
Mum continued, “The threshers were not to come until next week but
the men think we are going to get the tail end of the hurricane that is
doing so much damage in the States so they will try to get the oats
looked after before the rain and wind hit.” “This means, I
need to have enough food cooked for tomorrow to feed at least six men
or maybe more, as several of the neigbours have been helping one
another. I don’t know who will show up.” “It may end up as a good old frolic as friends come to help with the work load.”
Members of the Saint John Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical
Society and others have been working together to prepare a Genealogy
Fair on September 30th, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Market
Square Atrium in Saint John.
The Genealogy Fair is an “Open House” for anybody interested in doing family research. It provides an opportunity to view what other researchers are working on.
Most Genealogists enjoy talking about the information they have dug up
which could be from not only the Saint John area but all corners of New
Brunswick, as well as the rest of Canada, the US or across the ocean.
Don't forget to drop by the "The Beginner's Corner". Included are
nine colourful display boards created for the McLeod Reunion held in
Penobsquis in 2016. These boards expand on nine family legends with
research, art and a little fun - Certificates, deeds, maps, aerial
photos, land petitions, grant plans, news clips and a few tall tales.
Those doing family research will often bring along the reference
information they found helpful - such as Cemetery Transcriptions,
Scrapbooks, Family Group Sheets, Charts, Church Records. Sometimes the
information is hand written and not available in libraries or other
Others will have their laptops and can quickly skip to different
sources. John Elliott will be in attendance with his computer that has
an extensive personal genealogical database of New Brunswick families -
particularly Kings and Queens Counties - as well as cemetery
transcriptions for nine of the fifteen parishes of Kings County and his
very informative personal abstracts of the first fifty years of Kings
County Land Registry deeds. He will also be bringing along
research books as well, with many of them Loyalist related.
The NB Archives Roadshow will be able to answer many of your
questions about how to find out about an ancestor, what the archives do
and what type of records are held there. They are located in Fredericton
and are open to the public. They will also provide information about
other archives people might want to access - archives in New Brunswick
or neighbouring provinces, Library and Archives Canada, how archives in
other countries operate, and where online people can search. They will
also inform people about new avenues of research or the availability of
sources, they might not be aware of. Among such news for this session
would be the 1921 census, Google newspapers, and Brunswick News
publishing online newspapers.
Technology permitting, there will be a computer on site that can be used
to search content on the Archives website or just provide visitors with
an introduction of how to use the website (http://archives.gnb.ca/archives/default.aspx?culture=en-CA) so they are more comfortable
to access it on their own.
As part of this event, there will also be a sort of "antiques roadshow"
component, where people can bring in archival items, textual documents
or documents in other formats and can get answers about the age,
importance, preservation, and uniqueness of the items they have.
Here is your opportunity to bring along an old family photo and gain
some information from Fred Farrell, a photo archivist from the
Provincial Archives, who will be present to try to date your old photo
and also explain what can be learned about your family member.
Find out what the New Brunswick Genealogical Society does and how it can help with your genealogical research. Lots of information can be accessed on their website https://nbgs.ca/.
The Saint John Branch of the NBGS and individual exhibitors will have an
assortment of Genealogical and Historical books for sale.
Time is getting short but there may possibly still be a free table that
can be reserved for you to display your Genealogical Research Material.
Contact David Fraser by E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, September 30th, 2017 all roads will lead to the
Market Square Atrium in Saint John for the folk researching their family
tree, whether they are just starting out or an experienced researcher. Admission is free.
By the way, the Genealogy Fair will be set up in the hallway between the Atrium and the
Trade and Convention centre. There will be signs to help guide you.
Come and enjoy a day discovering the past.
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