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On March 4, 1981 a group of interested persons held an organizational meeting to discuss forming a Saint John Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society with Peter Gilchrist acting as Chairman.  In the minutes of that meeting, we read that Mr. Gilchrist explained the chain of events which led up to this particular meeting.  A group of would-be genealogists became interested in the possible formation of a Saint John Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society after they had attended a UNBSJ extension course on genealogy, which was given by Mr. Dan Johnson.  Several informal meetings were held, followed by a seminar on 21 January 1981.  It was then determined that there was sufficient interest to proceed with a Branch here in Saint John.
The first official meeting of the Saint John Branch was held in the King George VI Room of the New Brunswick Museum on Wednesday, April 1, 1981 and the following slate of officers was elected:
President: Peter Gilchrist
Vice-President: L. W. Bagnell
Treasurer: Daniel Johnson
Secretary: H.M. Heckbert
Directors: Helen Brown
  Catherine Somerville
  Janice Dexter
  Graeme Somerville
  Lois Scott
On "Charter Night", April 1, 1981, the fledgling branch had forty-five paid-up members.  Today membership numbers 174.
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Date of Last Update:  September 16, 2014
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