Church Registers Being Transcribed
Provincial Archives of New Brunswick
St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Newcastle. Built in 1850,
earliest register starts in1879, photo taken sometime
after the 1860s.
February was slipping by with March fast approaching. With the
new month would come longer days and more strength in the sun.
But most important, it was the time for neighbours to help one
another to prepare for next year’s winter with the assistance
of the woodcutter saw, the one-cylinder gas engine that
powered it and the helping hand of those who lived by the old
saying, “One good turn deserves another.”
Much water has flowed under the bridge since I watched Mum,
with the help of relatives and other housewives, gather to
cook huge meals to feed the hungry woodcutters.
Things have changed, today I am tuned in to the frolics of
those interested in genealogy.
In May 2018 a small group from the New Brunswick Genealogical
Society officials met with Fred Farrell and Joanna Aiton Kerr
of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick to talk about the
possibility of joint projects between NBGS and PANB. One
of the projects that resulted from this meeting is the
Anglican Registers Transcription Project.
There are almost 800 of these registers in the Archives which
means that there are thousands of pages and tens of thousands
The staff at PANB have already scanned about 500 of the
registers and their scanning efforts are continuing.
A call for volunteers to all members of NBGS brought forth
willing neighbours to help, when over 40 people signed up,
including a technical team of four.
It’s difficult to estimate how long the project will take but
it is hoped that all registers will be transcribed and proof
read before the end of 2019.
When the task is completed and goes on line, there will be a
search facility to allow users to quickly locate the
information they’re seeking.
Helping our neighbour certainly plays a major role in
genealogy. Hopefully those seeking help with their brick wall
queries will get some answers.
If you have information to share, it would be appreciated by
those who have posted queries this month.
Doyle - Flynn: William Doyle married Bridget
Flynn in Northumberland on 5 Jun 1843. I am interested in the
names of his parents and siblings. The 1851 census in Nelson
says William was 35 years old, born in NB, and living next to
Lovatt: George T Lovatt, son of Ann Ellis and Richard
Lovatt, is buried at Tynemouth Creek Cemetery. Is it also
known as Brown's Cemetery, Bains Corner where George's
brother, Robert Ellis Lovatt, is buried? The daughter of
Robert Lovatt is buried at Elmwood Cemetery, Moncton
Curry: The Death Certificate of Edith Curry’s father -
Hamilton Curry Jr., refers his mother was probably from
"Barnesville", NB. A copy of a wedding recording references
Hamilton Curry of Portland of St. John and Margaret
Robinson/Robson from 1836; which I am assuming is Hamilton
Curry Sr. Could this be the same person who's father is George
Robson Sr. who had 500 acres granted by King George IV, for
service in the Royal Artillery. Any information on my Curry -
Robinson - Robson -family would be greatly appreciated.
Was there any "Photography Studio" located in Norton, New
Brunswick, in late 1800's to early 1900'a, or did one
have to travel to Saint John, New Brunswick, to have photos
taken? Several family photo's, in my possession, appear to
have same indoor setting.
Chaloner: My wife is a Chaloner with roots in Wales. I
have established a link myself with the Chaloners who came to
New Brunswick area from New England, starting I think with
Walter Chaloner as a Loyalist. Does anyone have information on
the Chaloners who settled in the Saint John and Kings County
areas. E-mail email@example.com
Collier: “A History of Riverview, Bridgedale,
Gunningsville, Riverview Heights Bicentennial Project 1984.”
mentions John Collier, husband of Elizabeth Wade Collier.
Seeking information on this couple. Any help that could be
provided would be greatly appreciated.
McGuire - Keenan: I have found a map on the website
showing the St Marysville/Pleasant Point area of Saint John
which I believe was drawn in 1875. On this map is listed a W.
McGuire. How might I find out whether this is a residence or a
commercial building and any details of the inhabitants. My
Grandfather was Anthony McGuire, born in Pleasant Point in
1875, and his father was William McGuire (wife Ellen Keenan).
So I’m wondering if this William McGuire is my Great
Grandfather. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Shaw Bakery: My great great grandfather was James Shaw
of J & W Shaw Bakery, Saint John, NB. I have the basic
history of the bakery's beginnings in 1868 but I have been
unable to find any photos of the business at any time during
its approximately 90 years. I am seeking sources of photos and
stories of the bakery. E-mail email@example.com