Ruby M. Cusack
RESEARCHING FAMILIES ON NBGS WEBSITE PLUS
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
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 https://nbgs.ca/.
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
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
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. https://nbgs.ca/upload/files/Genealogies/Spurgeon_Carpenter_Book%2C_Revised_June_11%2C_2006.pdf
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 www.cassidys.ca. 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