New Brunswick Crown Grant Maps

Hi All – I have been in contact with the office in Edmundston that has the Crown Grant Maps as I purchased 3 maps from them a few years ago. However, they no longer offer the maps for sale; but they do have them online now. I thought you and the Genealogy Society might find […]

Historical Trivia, March 2018

“Mind your own bee’s wax!” Personal hygiene left much room for improvement. As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee’s wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexion. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another […]

Fort Fairfield Newspapers Online

— Submitted by Leslie G. Poole, Rockland, ME I’ve been to the Fort Fairfield Library several times and agonized about perusing their old newspapers. They are so fragile and “crackly.” But now, thanks to librarian Jennifer Gaenzle, newspapers are now online to browse from the comfort of your own home, which, if you’re like me, […]

Researching Very Early British Nationals

Found while preparing a display on census records… British Aliens in the United States during the War of 1812 by Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc. 1979 Once war was declared, British subjects were now enemy aliens. They were given notice to report to the marshal of the state or territory. They had to report the people […]

Tips for Researching Irish Records

When doing Irish research you need to understand the territorial boundaries before you start. Province = the largest area in Irish records. Originally there were 8 counties in each of the 4 provinces. In 1922 Ireland was divided into 6 counties in Northern Ireland and 26 in the Republic of Ireland. County = the 32 […]

They Spelled It How?

Recently a friend and I walked through a cemetery in Wallagrass where many of her relatives are buried. Labbe is a family name and probably one of the simplest French names to spell. By the time we were done there were 4 different spellings, 3 of which we’d never seen before, Labbe, Labbee, Labby and […]

Genealogy Records

by Frances Heales There are three sorts of documents that are helpful in genealogy: Church records, Official Records and Family Records. My interest in family history was sparked by finding very informal record: a card in my paternal grandparents’ home. It wished’ cousin Janey and Jim a Happy Christmas from Janey and Arthur’. I knew […]

A Tale of Two Beautiful Roses from the Civil War Era

In looking for further information on Francis Cyr born as Francois Cyr, a Civil War Soldier from Van Buren,(using:, I found that he was married to Mary Belrose in Augusta, Maine on 21 September or 11 October 1863. I took the later date as most it highly likely it was when he got married […]

The Aroostook County Civil War Enlistments Book

(Fair project for 2015) by Linda Zapatka The book is to establish as many as possible men that enlisted from Aroostook County Towns. Would like to locate the men in the 1860 Census, where they were before enlistment and if they made it back, where they were in the 1870 Census, after that would like […]

Census Tips Continued…

1860 They asked for property value. Who knows how accurate that is! They probably didn’t like the tax man then either. 1870 They asked if parents were of foreign birth. If a person was born or married within the year, the month was given. 1880 First census to ask each person where their parents were […]