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  Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
  Place: Multi-purpose Room Saint John Regional Library
    Market Square
    Saint John, New Brunswick
  Time: 7:00pm
  Programme: Professor Grant Aylesworth and Brent Suttie from Mt. Allison University will share how they are using 3D software technology to read and record illegible tombstones from the 1700s. The fact that this technology is freely available holds great potential for archaeologists, researchers, and genealogists to digitally preserve old tombstones and monuments.
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Loyalist Day
The celebration of the landing of the first group of Loyalists on 18 May 1783
(and the granting of the charter of the City of Saint John on 18 May 1785)
The celebrations will start on Sunday, 15 May with a Loyalist Church Parade at Trinity Anglican Church in Saint John.  Participants, in period costume if desired, will gather at 10:15 a.m. at the front of the church (i.e. at the Germain Street entrance) in preparation for the 10:30 service.
The festivities on Wednesday, 18 May will get under way at 10:15 a.m. with a concert to be presented by St. Mary's Band at City Hall Plaza.  This band has a history in Saint John stretching back more than 100 years and has participated in many Loyalist Day celebrations in the past.
This will be followed at 10:30 by welcoming remarks from the gathered dignitaries and the raising of the Canadian, New Brunswick and Queen Anne flags by the colour party and dignitaries.&nbps; The Mayor of Saint John will then invite all attendees to enjoy a piece of the City's birthday cake.
At noon the City will be honoured by a 21-gun salute by the 3rd Field Artillery (the Loyal Company).
We will bring the celebrations to a close with a reception and dinner to be held at the Union Club in Saint John.  This historic location has been the site of many important meetings over the decades and is a wonderful place to commemorate the contributions made by our ancestors.  The reception will start at 6:15 p.m. with a cash bar.  Dinner will follow at 7:00 and then we'll be privileged to hear a presentation by noted architect John Leroux who will talk about “The Loyalist influence on Architecture”.  You may reserve places at this event at a cost of $40 per person by contacting any of the persons listed below.  I'd like to remind you that guests are very welcome.  In fact, we would really like to open all these events to the largest possible audience.  On a cautionary note, we really need to hear from you by 11 May at the latest - reservations requested after that date may be problematic.
Frances Morrisey
Jim McKenzie
Dave Laskey
We look forward to seeing you at all these Loyalist Day events.
NBGS, Inc. Annual General Meeting
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Fredericton Inn
1315 Regent Street
Fredericton, NB
Schedule of Events:
10:30am: Presentation on the Land Grant Registry by Mary-Ellen Badeau, Archivist PANB.  The presentation will last approximately one hour.  All members welcome.
11:30am: Board of Directors meeting (thirty minutes)
1:00pm: Annual General Meeting.  All members welcome.  (Depending upon business brought forward, duration is 1 to 2 hours)
Saint John Fire Department Seeks Descendents of Fallen Firefighters
The Saint John Fire Department has been operating since 1786.  To this day, the citizens of Saint John have been extremely supportive of their Fire Service.  They recognize the risks that are inherent in the oldest incorporated city that is the most industrialized in eastern Canada, and has a vast land mass of 126 square miles.
The families of the City of Saint John’s fallen firefighters are being sought as the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation prepares to unveil a new national monument in Ottawa in March 2012.  The names of all fallen firefighters, since records have been kept in Canada, will be included on the memorial.
The fallen firefighters from Saint John are:
Robert Greer, May 24, 1874
George R. Parks, November 4, 1924
Robert B. Douglas, February 18, 1941
George McGowan, February 23, 1941
Lloyd J. Hayward, October 22, 1958
Frank O’Brien, March 15, 1970
Talmadge Loughery, October 25, 1970
Robert Belyea, December 27, 1983
The first service at the national memorial, which was designed by Canadian artist and author Douglas Coupland, will be held on September 11, 2012.  In 2011, the Saint John Fire Department will be the host department for the annual memorial.
To contact the Saint John Fire Department, please call (506) 658-2910 or email
The Hatheway Trust
The Hatheway Trust April 28th Monument Committee, cordially invites the general public to attend the unveiling of the April 28th “Day of Mourning” Monument.  The Monument is to honour all workers who have been killed or injured on the job.

The Ceremony will be held on the official “Day of Mourning,” Thursday, April 28th, 2011 at 12 noon.

The unveiling will take place outside the W. Franklin Hatheway Labour Exhibit Centre, 55 Lake Drive, Rockwood Park, Saint John, N.B.

Part of the “Day of Mourning” ceremony will be the laying of wreaths at the base of the Monument.  Organizations or individuals are encouraged to participate.  Anyone wishing to participate in this ceremony by laying a wreath in memory of a worker/workers killed on the job, please advise George Vair prior to April 25th at 672-1412 or by e-mail

Following the ceremony, a reception sponsored by WorkSafeNB will be held inside the W. Franklin Hatheway Pavilion.
New Brunswick Genealogical Society Spring Seminar Series 2011
Three Saturday Mornings in April and May 2011 at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick
23 Dineen Drive on the UNB Campus
Fredericton, NB
Saturday April 16, 2011, 10:00am to 12 noon
Introduction to Genealogical Research in New Brunswick
and New Brunswick Vital Statistic Records
Saturday April 30, 2011, 10:00am to 12 noon
Land Petitions, Land Grants, Land Registry and Maps
Saturday May 7, 2011, 10:00am to 12 noon
New Brunswick Church Records
Bring your own lunch
Research time in the afternoon

There is no registration fee for these seminars.
Donations to the Associates of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick will be accepted.
For more information contact:  Victor Badeau
Telephone:  (506) 458-2717 or by email:

George Sabean
Isaiah Gables, colored, died April 1879 at age 80.  I am looking for the names of his parents, wife, siblings and children.
McLaughlin, Catherine
Betty MacDonald
Looking for information on my Mother's birth family.  Mother was born and baptized in August of 1923 in Saint John, NB.  The Baptismal document states she was baptized Mary Margaret McLaughlin and was the daughter of Catherine McLaughlin.  There is nothing under father's name.  Fr. Roy M. McDonald officiated with Annie Tebbo as her only sponsor in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.  Mother recalls being in a Catholic Orphanage (her earliest memories) and was adopted by an Acadian family (the DeVillers) from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.  As we are pursuing the genealogy of our Dad's family as well as our Mom's adopted family, her children would like to know about Catherine McLaughlin as well as her family.  Our Mother always believed her Mother was Irish.  Where might we look to find further information on Mother's birth family?
Harold Edward Clarke
Looking for information on William Godsoe, born 1774 in prob. Ipswitch, Essex, MA.  Died 10 Feb 1830 in Saint John, NB.  Buried in Loyalist Burial Ground, Saint John, NB.  Occupation High Constable of the City of Saint John.  Info had been in Saint John since 1765.  He married Hulda Thomas born 10 May 1762 in Providence, RI who is also buried in Loyalist Burial Ground, Saint John, NB.
Heather Taylor Clark
Looking for information on the Charles Taylor family from Dukes Ward, District 24, St. John’s, NB (per 1881 Census of Canada):
Charles Sleygard Taylor was born 1831 in Nova Scotia, died Jan 12, 1904 (Mother’s name Alice?) Lists job as ‘harbormaster’; religion as ‘epis; nationality as ‘English.  Wife- Margaret W was born 1840 (NB or NS).
Children- Charles, Byron, William H born 1865 in Nova Scotia (my great grandfather who immigrated to the US in 1888), Emma, Vesta, Alice (assuming she’s Charles’ mom) born abt 1810 in Nova Scotia, religion listed as ‘Baptist’.


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