New Brunswick Monthly - August 2018

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Hear ye, hear ye! If you are interested in New Brunswick, and the people who made it what it is today, then the New Brunswick Project might be for you!

New Brunswickers in the News

Incorrectly Categorised New Brunswickers

Currently, there are 194 people connected directly under the New Brunswick category, rather than under the category for the city, town, or village where they were born, lived, or died. Those profiles need to be placed within the correct categories (if we can find out what they are).

Unsourced New Brunswickers

Currently, there are 20 people listed in the New Brunswick Unsourced Profiles category. Those profiles need to be sourced and have that category removed. (And, of course, doing that can earn you points in the Sourcerers' Challenge or upcoming Saturday Sourcing Sprints.)

New Brunswick Sources

This month, I'm going to focus on the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick site. The federated search lets you search 37 databases with one click, including birth registrations from 1800 to 1919, marriage records from 1847 to 1966, and death certificates from 1918 to 1967. 

You can see an example of a citation from the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick site in the profile for my great great grandfather, Allan West

Unconnected New Brunswickers

Currently, there are only 13 people listed in the New Brunswick Unconnected Profiles category, which I take as a sign that people have been busily connecting New Brunswick branches, so that's great. These remaining profiles need to be connected and have that category removed. (And, of course, doing that can earn you points in the Connectors Challenge.)

The profiles for the following New Brunswick premiers are open and unconnected:

(Note: I only listed the first 10, to avoid overwhelming anybody.)

Currently, there are 17 profiles listed in the Unconnected Notables New Brunswick report.

in The Tree House by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (512k points)
Greg, I’ve got a couple of New Brunswickers (such a thing? Brunswickians?), Loyalists who lived there after the War, a direct ancestor and his brother. These two qualify for inclusion in the New Brunswick category? If so, let me know, and I’ll give you the details.
If they lived there, they would qualify for having a category added. Which Loyalists? My own Loyalists were on PEI but my dad was from New Brunswick and one of my NB ancestors married a Loyalist for her fourth husband (Philip Hierlihy).

Anybody can have a location category added. They don't have to be notables. Actually, lots of people have multiple location categories: usually where they were born and where they died, but some also have other locations, so, for example, if somebody lived in a small town for most of their life, but happened to die in a hospital in the closest city, then it makes sense to use the location for where they lived, since that's where the real connection is. 

The theory is that, especially when it comes to smaller towns, people who lived in the same place at the same time might well be related to one another. So, for example, if you know that Ferdinand Grubstake grot married in Left Overshoe, New Brunswick, and his wife Grisella's maiden name was Pugsley, then if you find out that a guy named Mortimer Pugsley who lived in Left Overshoe and was born 20-30 years before Grisella, then it's at least worth investigating whether Mortimer was Grisella's father.

But ideally, we want the location category to be a city, village, or town, rather than just "New Brunswick". I have seen people use the province, or even just "Canada", but one of the principles of the Categorization Project is to use the lowest category which applies. (For more details on that, see the How to Categorize help page.)

Now, sometimes people end up having to use a higher level category, because they don't actually know exactly where the person lived or died. So, taking my great great grandfather as an example, the correct location category for his place of death is New Horton, New Brunswick. But if all I had was the county, then Albert County, New Brunswick would be acceptable, at least on a temporary basis. If I didn't even know the county, then using New Brunswick might be acceptable, at least temporarily, but personally, I prefer not even to add a location category unless I can at least pin it down to the county.

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Underwood-3146 and Underwood-4663. See the info on the profiles and let me know what you think. Thanks!
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
I'll do a little digging on these. Interesting that they took property in different counties (Sunbury vs. York) although the counties are adjacent. Have you platted the locations to see if they stayed close to each other?

For now, I would put them in the county they got their land grant(s) in.
No, I haven’t platted them. I’d need help with that (out of my skill set).
Unrelated to categorization, so far no one has joined the UELAC with either of these. An Alexander and a John Underwood are on the UELAC list but no members associated with them, either.

Is that a hint, Doug? laugh I’ve been thinking about it for a while. Might need to hop on that.

Always hintingsmiley. I joined and certified one ancestor earlier this summer. Do you have copies of the land grants?  If not, I'll try to get them next time I get to my local FHC or if not available there I'll get them when we go to Salt Lake in December (if not digitized). I need to get copies of some of my ancestors grants. Anyway, platting deeds, etc. isn't difficult once you get used to reading them.

I think you've seen the following:

The Henry that is mine is the one in the North Carolina Volunteers line. I’m going online to see what else I can find. I need to get my butt in gear and submit an application to UEL.

In case this helps your research: four land grants for Henry Underwood listed on NB Archives, and 2 for Benjamin.  For Henry, the land grant in which he participated with Fanning would help confirm the North Carolina service. There could be other North Carolina names on the list of grantees





Benjamin has 2: 



An article about Henry and Benjamin: Generations - journal of the New Brunswick Genealogy Society See page 3.

Ahhh, you found Charles’ article!! He’s the one who broke through all the rabbit holes I was down trying to get brought the oral history mess. Charles is my 3rd cousin. I don’t think he saw all of those grants. This is exciting!

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