REMEMBER - The Search
Program will only search the records actually on this site,
not the linked sites.
ABOUT THIS SITE
(Comments by Cleadie Barnett)
Betty Damery and I met some
20 to 25 years ago, and like most people interested in genealogy, rubbed
shoulders off and on from then on.
Betty's interest centered around
Queens County, and while traveling among the many cemeteries looking for
family members she became aware of a number of cemeteries with stones that
might soon disappear, so she decided to take photos of these stone, and
the whole cemetery. Her collection soon totaled over 4000 photos, and she
was looking for a way to share them with others. A casual remark let me
(cbb) to offer to make a website for her, and teach her how to continue
to add more herself. Unfortunately, her husband's illness and subsequent
passing, put this effort on hold, and it was at the suggest of a third
party that we got the ball rolling again this year.
Cleadie's interest in genealogy
began as a young child. Growing up in Saint John during World War II, cousins
by the dozen used our home as a stopping place while on leave, as did family
members visiting these boys. It took some doing to keep them all in proper
families in my mind.
I became one of the Provincial
Archives of New Brunswick's first "customers" when it opened in the late
1960s. One of my first volunteer projects was to collect all the many scraps
of paper that held cemetery records, and place them in an organized system
- by Counties eventually. Since I already had several transcripts of my
own, and many others were working along similar lines these files soon
grew quite large.
Since I also kept a copy of
the many sheets I made I eventually had a very large collection, which
I first published on my website - New
Brunswick's Past. A few years later I became associated with various
County GenWeb sites, and moved my copies to those sites - Sunbury, York,
Queens, Saint John Counties, and St. Andrews Parish, and now Kings County.
When I decided to dedicate my New
Brunswick's Past site to different topics I passed along the remainder
of my cemetery records to the other County sites. Some were used, others
were not. I have searched the various sites and have linked the one that
are on their sites to the corresponding lists on this site, and have added
all the information for those counties who have not used them (or will
by the time this site is fully revised.) With the digital camera I too
began to take photos of tombstones, and have added them to this site.
the month of March 2007, this site is undergoing a major revamping, and
expansion. The initial aim was to get all the cemetery transcripts held
by Cleadie Barnett, online, in whatever format was quickest, with a bit
of "fixing" to form a semblance of conformity (more yet to do.) From there
links were made to existing online items, either on this site, or elsewhere.
This gave us a good idea what direction to take to complete the overall
design, and steps were taken to bring them about. It will still take many
hours of formatting, sorting the photos, etc. before the work is caught
up to date with the materials on hand.
There are two little cameras
on the county list pages. The dark camera means there are actual photos
on the site they are beside. The camera may be linked to the site, or the
link may be made by the name of the cemetery. Just pass the cursor over
the camera to see if there is a link there.
The faded camera means we have
photos for that cemetery, but have not had time to mount them. If you are
interested in one of those cemeteries, drop a line to us at the e-mail
address above and I will put it next on my list to upload. (In the order
I receive the requests.)
= photos added
= photo waiting
There are many types of cemetery
listings on this site. Over time they will be refined, but for now they
are being added "as is" so that you will note the many places a cemetery
record might be found. There are a number of list for areas that are not
on the internet - such as:
- Published - for these you
could check with various Libraries -- often through Inter-Libray loans
- LDS Lists - check "Family
Search" - their films can often be ordered on Inter-Libray loans as well
- There are also lists made
by individuals and organizations - these are held in special collections
Since my last post a lot of changes have occured.
Most of the cemetery have been listed, many with their photos and updated
text. Unfortunately, a couple of years ago I ran out of time and energy
to complete the transcriptions, so I added the remainder of the photos
in Albums to make them available to researchers.
These Albums contained the photos of individual
cemeteries, but had no text, which meant they had to be viewed one at a
time. Earlier this month I began the task of removing the Albums and transcribing
the information on the stones, so they could be searched by names. Hopefully
this project will be completed within the next few weeks.