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The weatherman could not seem to make up his mind this January. The wind would howl and the snow would come down thick and heavy for days. Then it would warm up and the rain fell but soon changed back to the below zeros.

This morning Mum had wrapped scarves around our faces, but we knew the wind would blow right through them. Even walking backwards would not help.

We dreaded going into the cold school and getting the fire going but the job was ours and no such thing as a snow day.

As we were just about ready to go out the door, we heard Pal barking and the sound of sleigh bells. To our delight it was Gramp coming to get us since Dad was working in the Glebe with a lumber crew.

As we climbed in, we cuddled under the buffalo robe and felt the warmth of the bricks that had spent the night in the oven.

Upon entering the school, we felt warm air as Gramp had stopped to put the fire on.

Gramp picked up an Almanac that was on the teacherís desk and thumbed through until he found todayís date. He announced we were lucky as a warm spell was coming today.

This January, family researchers are very lucky to find some very interesting and informative Family Histories on the New Brunswick Genealogical Societyís website at

AITON FAMILIES IN NEW BRUNSWICK: THE SCOTTISH IMMIGRANT HUGH AITON (1874-1862) AND HIS DESCENDANTS AND RELATIVES IN CANADA - From the pen of researcher and historian Thomas Paterson, these pages tell the stories of Hugh Aiton (1784-1862), his influential Presbyterian minister Andrew Donald (1806-1891), Andrew Aiton (1803-1881), Andrew Aiton (1853-1924), and their families and communities primarily in the Province of New Brunswick, Canada.

JOHN LONDONíS BLACKSMITH LEDGER 1824-1846. John London was born in 1782 and came to this Province with his Loyalist father, Ralph London, a blacksmith, and his mother, Ann (Seaman/s) London who had married in New York City in 1781. John followed his father in his trade, prospering as a blacksmith in Carleton County.

It was John's great-great-grandson who gave the Ledger into Pamela Fulton's safe keeping forty-five years ago. Having now completed the transcription and indexing of the Ledger, she is pleased to make it available to New Brunswick genealogists and historians.

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ARTHUR SPURGEON CARPENTER, written by his grandson, Miles Ludlow Carpenter, presents the information that the author was able to gather about his grandparents, Lena and Spurgeon Carpenter.

The author's intention is to treat each family as a separate entity. His first goal is to do this for as many as possible of Spurgeon Carpenterís brothers and sisters and for his parents. When this task is completed, he plans to move backward in time doing the same for earlier ancestors. This work is not just intended to be a chronological record of the members of the Carpenter family. Rather, it describes what life was like for each generation being documented.

THE CASSIDY STORY: FROM IRELAND TO CASSIDY LAKE AND BEYOND tells the story of the family from the beginning in Ireland, to the homestead at Cassidy Lake, to the far corners of Canada and the United States. New in this book is information on our ancient ancestors in the 1300 AD time frame. Of more recent times, we chronicle the assembly and divestiture of the homestead property at Cassidy Lake from 1823 to today. The book is essentially a print version of what's in these web pages without subsequent updates. For more information about the Cassidys of Cassidy Lake (Kings County, NB), please visit the family website at By the way, the Gathering of the Clan at Cassidy Lake is set for Aug. 11, 2019.

Hopefully others will contribute their family histories to be posted on the NBGS.CA website.

Another great source to the family researcher is the all Canadiana content included in Early Canadiana Online, as of January 1, 2019, at no charge to users.

I have been spending hours searching through the full scans of McAlpine's Saint John City Directories from 1869 - 1899 where 28 issues/editions can now be viewed online. If you have ancestors who lived in Saint John during that time period, you can probably find out where they lived and what they did.

Hours on a cold evening in January will slip by as you search through

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