Databases on the Net have brought researchers from the horse and buggy days to the era of the jumbo jet
The clop-clop of horses' feet and the jostling sound of the steel-wheeled hay wagon woke me from a sound sleep. I knew by the sound of crickets singing in the field that it was going to be another hot summer's day.
I loved haying time. This meant I could hitch old Dan to the rake and gather hay that had been left behind. We called it gathering the rakings. Dan really didn't need a teamster; he knew what to do. As we approached the windrow of hay, he stopped so I could trip the rake. I really felt very important doing this task.
When I saw Dad approaching the barn with a load of hay, I knew I had to unhook Dan from the rake and give the reins to Cliff. As I think back, I sort of get the picture: Dad didn't consider me capable of hauling-off. This involved hitching Dan to a steel cable that was threaded through pulleys. The cable was attached to the pitching machine fork that had been stuck into the load of hay. Dan pulled steadily and the pitching machine moved along a track on the inside of the peak of the roof until it reached a suitable spot in the mow.
Dad then yelled, "Whoa!" for Cliff to stop the horse from hauling the cable any farther. I really don't think Cliff had to pull back on the reins, as Dan was probably listening for the signal. Dad then tripped the rope and the hay went tumbling into the mow.
The method of haying has changed. Tractors now cut the hay and machines roll it into bundles and wrap them for outdoor winter storage. The days of a kid taking the horse-drawn rake into the hay field and gathering the rakings are gone forever.
Raking up genealogical facts has also changed. These days, computers gather information for databases on the Internet.
By typing in a surname, you can sit at the computer and search the on-line database of the New Brunswick County Birth Registers Index, 1801-1899 and the Index to New Brunswick Marriages, 1887-1913. This information is on The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick site http://archives.gnb.ca/Archives/EN/default.aspx
At another Provincial Archives site, you will find "New Brunswick Directories" - Hutchinson name directories for 1865-1866 and 1867-1868 and Lovell name directory for 1871. I typed the surname "Cusack" into the database for Hutchinson's 1865-1866 and up popped seven Cusacks residing in Saint John, St. George and Barnesville, the occupation of Thomas Cusack of Barnesville was drover and his son Michael was tanner.
Data in "Irish Famine Migration To New Brunswick 1845-1852" at http://archives.gnb.ca/APPS/PrivRecs/IrishFamine/Default-e.aspx?PageLoad=SearchForm
is organized into over 16,000 individual records. Each record contains nine different information fields detailing the emigrant's: name, age, town or village of origin, county of origin, landing date in New Brunswick, location in New Brunswick, 1851, condition (reason for admittance to Alms House), a note detailing various personal and professional insights concerning the emigrants as recorded by contemporary media and government agencies, and finally the reference where the information is located.
The Land Grant Book Database at http://www.lib.unb.ca/gddm/data/panb/panbweb.html consists of records of land settlement in New Brunswick in the period 1765-1900. County or place of settlement can be searched, as can be primary grant holder names.
Search the Inventory of the Loyalist Collection of the Harriet Irving Library at http://www.lib.unb.ca/collections/loyalist/.
Hours can be spent surfing New Brunswick genealogical sites. Click on Todd Gilbert's http://nbgenlinks.new-brunswick.net/. It is a great resource for New Brunswick links. I also would suggest a visit to Canadian Genealogy and History Links New Brunswick at
Databases on the Internet have brought the researcher from the horse and buggy days to the era of the jumbo jet.
- Query 98-501
Kighline - Kichline - Kickline: I am searching for any information regarding the birthplace or residence before 1778, of Philip Kighline ( Kichline/Kickline). At this time he was held at a Court of Inquisition in Sussex Co., N.J. He then arrived in New Brunswick (Nova Scotia) in 1783 with wife and children, Joseph, Mary Ann and two other children under age 10. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Ralph B. Cathline, 108 Collier St., Apt. 308, Barrie, Ont., L4M 5R5. E-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Query 98-502
Ryder: My grandmother, Minnie Augusta Ryder, was born in Salt Springs, Kings Co., N.B., in 1865. She married my grandfather, Charles Brown, in 1894 in Boston. Her way to the United States was paid by her brother George. Her father, Joshua Ryder, died May 22, 1895, and is buried in Titus Hill Cemetery, Titusville. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has information on this Ryder family.
Diane Davis Fontaine, 150 Maple Ave., Rutland, MA, 01543. E-mail to email@example.com.
- Query 98-503
King - Bleakney - Steeves - Mann: These two King families share the same dwelling in the 1871 census, therefore, I am trying to find the link between them. Possibly they are father and son. Adam King was born in New Brunswick circa 1804 or 1805 and died in 1878. His wife was Catherine Bleakney, who was born circa 1795 and died in 1878. They were married on Oct. 30,1833, in Queen's County, N.B. Asa (Isaiah) King was born July 18, 1825, and died July 3, 1902. His wife was Elizabeth (Steeves) Mann who was born in 1832 and died in 1903. If anyone has any information these King Families, I would appreciate hearing from them.
Joyce Fraser, 15 Minto St., Amherst, NS, B4H 1H1. Or you can E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Query 98-504
Briggs: I have reason to believe that my great-grandfather, Robert Richardson Briggs, was born in or lived in Saint John, N.B. He came to Australia some time around the 1840s for the gold rush in Victoria. It is quite possible that his older brothers, Benjamie Spooner Briggs and James Briggs, where both ship captains. Robert sailed to Australia as a ship's carpenter, and may have been on a ship that his brother was the captain. If anyone has information on the Briggs family, I would like for them to contact me.
Geoff Briggs, 11 Rose St., Yamanto, Queensland, 4305, Australia. Or E-mail to email@example.com.
Ruby Cusack is a genealogy buff living in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Readers are invited to send their New Brunswick genealogical queries to Ruby at firstname.lastname@example.org. When E-Mailing please put Yesteryear Families in the Subject line. Please include in the query, your name and postal address as someone reading the newspaper, may have information to share with you but not have access to E-mail. Queries should be no more than 45 words in length.
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