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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Research: New Brunswick Ancestors  by Althea Douglas, MA, CG(C). The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

General Reference Works[edit | edit source]

Associations Canada: An Encyclopedic Directory/un répertoire encyclopedique (Toronto: Canadian Almanac and Directory Pub. Co., 1991- ).

Canadian Almanac and Directory (Toronto: Canadian Almanac and Directory Pub. Co., 1995- ). Useful source of addresses.

The Canadian Encyclopedia, 3 volumes (Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, c.1985).

The Canadian Encyclopedia  (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, c.1998- ) Available online.

CAR/Canadian Advertising Rates and Data (Toronto: Maclean-Hunter and Standard Rate and Data Service, 1966-monthly). For current addresses of all media.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography, 14 volumes [to date] (Toronto: University of Toronto Press; Québec City, Les Presses de l’université Laval, c.1966- ).

Directory of Archives(Ottawa: Canadian Council of Archives, 1990). Available online.

Directory of Associations in Canada/répertoire des associations du Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1973-c.1997).

Matthews’ List (Meaford, Ontario: Syd Matthews and Partners, 199?- ). Also known as Matthews Media Directory. Addresses, etc. of current publications.

Myers, Jay, L. Hoffman and F. Sutherland, compilers, The Fitzhenry and Whiteside Book of Canadian Facts and Dates, revised (Richmond Hill, Ontario: Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1991).

Story, Norah, editor, The Oxford Companion to Canadian History and Literature (Toronto, London, New York: Oxford University Press, 1967). Contains detailed accounts of most Canadian political divisions and places.

Wallace, W. Stewart, general editor, The Encyclopedia of Canada, 6 volumes (1935-37; reprint, Toronto: University Associates of Canada, 1940, 2nd edition 1948). Edited by a noted historian just before World War II, now an invaluable guide to the recent past. Town and city entries give the newspapers, major industries, and the railroads serving each community. Most libraries will have a copy, probably in the stacks.

Bibliographies, Catalogues, Etc.[edit | edit source]

Birkett, Patricia, Checklist of Parish Registers 1986, fourth edition (Ottawa: Manuscript Division, National Archives of Canada, 1987).

Bond, Mary E., Canadian Directories, 1790-1987: A Bibliography and Place-Name Index, 3 volumes (Ottawa: National Library of Canada, 1989).

Burrows, Sandra and Franceen Gaudet, Checklist of Indexes to Canadian Newspapers (Ottawa: National Library of Canada, 1987). Updated version is available on Library and Archives Canada website.

Canadian Newspapers on Microfilm (Ottawa: Canadian Library Association, 1959).

Cooke, Owen, The Canadian Military Experience 1867-1983: A Bibliography (Ottawa: 1983).

Craig, Helen C., and Mural Daniel, compilers, New Brunswick Newspaper Directory, 1783-1996/Repertoire des journaux du Nouveau-Brunswick, first edition [1989], second edition revised (Fredericton: Council of Head Librarians of New Brunswick; Conseil des directors de bibliothèque du Nouveau-Brunswick, 1996).

Filby, P. William, American and British Genealogy and Heraldry: A Selected List of Books (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1983). Contains a Canadian section with useful material.

Gilchrist, J. Brian and Clifford Duxbury Collier, Genealogy and Local History to 1900: A Bibliography (Ottawa: CIHM-ICHM, 1995). Old and rare Canadian books, periodicals and serials available on microfiche.

Hillman, Thomas A., compiler, Catalogue of Census Returns on Microfilm 1666-1891 (Ottawa: Public Archives of Canada, 1987).

Hillman, Thomas A., Catalogue of Census Returns on Microfilm 1901 (Ottawa: National Archives of Canada, 1993).

Morley, William F.F., Canadian Local Histories to 1950: A Bibliography, 3 volumes (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1967-1978); Volume 1: The Atlantic Provinces: Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island; Also available in the Scholarly Reprint Series Editions (1980).

Ripley, Gordon, editor, Canadian Serials Directory (Toronto: Reference Press, 1987).

Union List of Manuscripts in Canadian Repositories (Ottawa: Public Archives of Canada, 1975); Supplements (1979, 1982, c.1985).

Union List of Newspapers Held by Canadian Libraries (Ottawa: National Library of Canada, 1977, 1983).

Biographies and Directories[edit | edit source]

Elliot, Noel M., editor, The Atlantic Canadians 1600-1900: An Alphabetized Directory of the People, Places, and Vital Dates, 3 volumes (Toronto, Ontario: Genealogical Research Library, 1994).

Others in this series may prove useful in finding migrating New Brunswickers:

Elliot, Noel M., People of Ontario, 1600-1900: An Alphabetized Directory of the People, Places, and Vital Dates, 3 volumes (London, Ontario: Genealogical Research Library, 1984).

Elliot, Noel M., The French Canadians, 1600-1900: An Alphabetized Directory of the People, Places, and Vital Dates, 3 volumes (Toronto, Ontario: Genealogical Research Library, 1992). Also includes English-speaking Québecers.

Elliot, Noel M., The Central Canadians, 1600-1900: An Alphabetized Directory of the People, Places, and Vital Dates, 3 volumes (Toronto, Ontario: Genealogical Research Library, 1994). Includes Manitoba.

Elliot, Noel M., The Western Canadians, 1600-1900: An Alphabetized Directory of the People, Places, and Vital Dates, 3 volumes (Toronto, Ontario: Genealogical Research Library, 1994). Covers Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Alaska. One source was a 1901 directory listing people in both the Yukon and Alaska during the gold rush.

Hodges, Graham Russell, editor, The Black Loyalist Directory: African Americans in Exile After the American Revolution (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).

Jack, I. Allen, editor, Biographical Review Province of New Brunswick (Boston: 1900).

Johnson, J.K., editor, The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967 (Ottawa: Public Archives of Canada, 1968).

O’Byrne, William R., A Naval Biographical Dictionary: Comprising the Life and Services of Every Living Officer in Her Majesty’s Navy (London: 1849). Details of the naval career of every officer alive in 1849.

Prominent People of the Maritime Provinces (St. John, New Brunswick: Canadian Publicity Co., 1922 and 1938).

Rose, Geo Maclean, editor, A Cyclopaedia of Canadian Biography Being Chiefly Men of the Times (Toronto Ontario: Rose Publishing Company, 1888). Other title: Representative Canadians.

The Social Register of Canada (Montréal: Social Register of Canada, 1958, 1961).

Wallace, W. Stewart, editor, The Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography, 3rd edition (London, Toronto: Macmillan, 1963).

Whyte, Donald, compiler, A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to Canada Before Confederation, 2 volumes (Toronto: Ontario Genealogical Society, 1986-1995).

New Brunswick Reference Works[edit | edit source]

Bell, D.G., editor, The Newlight Baptist Journals of James Manning and James Innis (Saint John: Acadia Divinity College and the Baptist Historical Committee of the United Baptist Convention of the Atlantic Provinces; Hantsport, N.S.: Lancelot Press, 1984).

Belliveau, John Edward “Ned”, Running Far In: The Story of Shediac (Windsor, Nova Scotia: Lancelot Press, 1977).

Fellows, Robert, Starting A Family History Project in New Brunswick, Canada (Fredericton, New Brunswick: 1995).

Fellows, Robert, Researching Your Ancestors in New Brunswick, Canada (Fredericton, New Brunswick: 1979).

Grant, Barry J., When Rum Was King: The Story of the Prohibition Era in New Brunswick (Fredericton, New Brunswick: Fiddlehead/Goose Lane, 1984).

Hamilton, Willis D., Dictionary of Mirimichi Biography (privately printed, 1997).

Hebb, Ross N., Quaco-St. Martins: A Brief History: The First Hundred Year 1784-1884 (Fredericton, New Brunswick: Quaco/Springhill Press, 1997).

Holdsworth, Roger M., Faith of our Fathers: The Story of New Brunswick’s Centennial Churches and of Early Religious Life in the Maritimes (St. Stephen: self published, n.d. [c.1967]).

Larracey, Edward W., The First Hundred: A Story of the First 100 Years of Moncton’s Existence After the Arrival in 1766 of the Pioneer Settlers from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Moncton, New Brunswick: Moncton Publishing Company Ltd., 1970).

The Monctonians: Volume 1: Citizens, Saints and Scoundrels (Lancelot Press, 1981).

The Monctonians: Volume 2: Scamps, Scholars and Politicians (Lancelot Press, 1982).

Mowat, Grace Helen, The Diverting History of a Loyalist Town: A Portrait of St. Andrews, New Brunswick, third edition (1932, 2nd edition 1953; Fredericton, New Brunswick: Brunswick Press, 1976).

New Brunswick History: A Checklist of Secondary Sources (Fredericton, New Brunswick: Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, 1971).

New Brunswick History: A Check List of Secondary Sources: First Supplement (Fredericton: Legislative Library, 1974).

New Brunswick History: A Check List of Secondary Sources: Second Supplement (Fredericton: Legislative Library, 1984).

Peck, Mary, The Bitter with the Sweet: New Brunswick, 1604-1984 (Tantallon, Nova Scotia: Four East Publications, 1983). Well illustrated vignettes and biographies.

Punch, Terrence M. and George F. Sanborne Jr., editors, Genealogist’s Handbook for Atlantic Canada Research, 2nd edition (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997). An absolute “must have” for anyone researching in this region of Canada.

Schuyler, George, Saint John: Scenes From a Popular History (Halifax, Nova Scotia: Petheric Press, 1984).

Webster, J. Clarence, An Historical Guide to New Brunswick, revised edition (1941, revised 1944; Fredericton, New Brunswick: New Brunswick Government Bureau of Information and Tourist Travel, 1947).

Woodward, Calvin, The History of New Brunswick Provincial Election Campaigns, 1866.

Wright, Esther Clark, The Loyalists of New Brunswick (1955; reprint, Windsor, Nova Scotia, 1972 and 1977).

Wright, Esther Clark, The Mirimichi (Sackville, New Brunswick: Tribune Press, 1944 and 1945).

Wright, Esther Clark, Planters and Pioneers (Hantsport, Nova Scotia: 1978).

Wright, Esther Clark, The Petitcodiac (Sackville, New Brunswick: Tribune Press, 1945).

Wright, Esther Clark, The Saint John River (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1949).

Wright, Esther Clark, The St. John River and its Tributaries (Privately published: 1966).

Wynn, Graeme, Timber Colony: A Historical Geography of Early Nineteenth Century New Brunswick (Toronto, London: University of Toronto Press, 1981).

New Brunswick: Ships and Shipbuilding[edit | edit source]

Allaby, Eric, Shipbuilding in the Maritimes (Ginn and Co., 1973).

Armour, Charles A. and Thomas Lackey, Sailing Ships of the Maritimes: An Illustrated History of Shipping and Shipbuilding in the Maritime Provinces of Canada, 1750-1925 (Toronto, Montréal, etc.: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd., 1975).

Hogg, Peter L., Using Merchant Ship Records for Family Historians (Birmingham, UK: Federation of Family History Societies, 1997).

Manny, Louise, Ships of Kent County New Brunswick (Sackville, New Brunswick: Tribune Press, 1949).

Ships of the Mirimichi (Saint John, New Brunswick: New Brunswick Museum, 1960). Reissued by Miramichi Books, 2000.

Wright, Esther Clark, Saint John Ships and Their Builders (Wolfville, Nova Scotia: 1976).

Wright, Esther Clark, The Ships of St. Martins (Saint John, New Brunswick: New Brunswick Museum, 1974).

Maps, Atlases and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Andreae, Christopher, and Geoffrey Matthews, Lines of Country: An Atlas of Railway and Waterway History in Canada (Erin, Ontario: The Boston Mills Press, 1997).

Kerr, D.G.G., editor, Historical Atlas of Canada (Don Mills, Ontario: Thomas Nelson and Sons (Canada) Ltd., 1961). Three editions, published in 1961, 1966 and 1975. A slim single volume, probably more widely available than the newer 3 volume set.

Lovell’s Gazetteer of British North America 1873 (Milton, Ontario: Global Heritage Press, 1999). Canadiana Reprint Series, no 1.

MacManus, George E., Post Offices of New Brunswick, 1783-1930 (Toronto: J. A. Hannock Ltd., 1986).

Maddick, Heather, compiler, County Maps: Land Ownership Maps of Canada in the 19th Century (Ottawa: National Map Collection, PAC, 1976).

Matthews, Geoffrey J., Historical Atlas of Canada, 3 volumes (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1987). Harris, R. Cole, editor, Volume I: From the Beginning to 1800 (1987). Gentilcore, R. Louis, editor, Volume II: The Land Transformed 1800-1891 (1993). Kerr, Donald, editor, Volume III: Addressing the Twentieth Century 1891-1961 (1990).

May, Betty, Frank McGuire and Heather Maddick, compilers, County Atlases of Canada: A Descriptive Catalogue (Ottawa: National Map Collection, Public Archives of Canada, 1970).

Rayburn, Alan, compiler, Geographical Names of New Brunswick (Ottawa: Energy Mines and Resources Canada, Toponymy Study 2, 1975).

Genealogy and Methodology[edit | edit source]

Boudreau, Rev. Dennis M., Beginning Franco-American Genealogy (Pawtucket, Rhode Island: American French Genealogical Society, 1993). Has useful word lists and explanations of marriage indexes.

Douglas, Althea, Here Be Dragons! Navigating the Hazards found in Canadian Family Research (Toronto: Ontario Genealogical Society, 1996).

Douglas, Althea, Here Be Dragons, Too! More Navigational the Hazards For the Canadian Family Researcher (Toronto: Ontario Genealogical Society, 2000).

Douglas, Althea, Tools of the Trade for Canadian Genealogy (Toronto: Ontario Genealogical Society, 2000).

Harrison, Lorraine St-Louis and Mary Munk, Tracing Your Ancestors in Canada, revised (Ottawa: National Archives of Canada, 1998). Free on Library and Archives Canada website.

Mann, Thomas, The Oxford Guide to Library Research (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998).

Merriman, Brenda Dougall, About Genealogical Standards of Evidence: A Guide for Canadian Genealogists (Toronto: Ontario Genealogical Society, 1997).

Merriman, Brenda Dougall, Genealogy In Ontario: Searching the Records, 3rd edition (Toronto: Ontario Genealogical Society, 1996). The detailed descriptions of British colonial records generated in Ontario will prove useful regardless of what British colony you are researching.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown, Evidence! Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997).

United Church of Canada, Committee on Archives and History, Guide to Family History Research in the Archival Repositories of the United Church of Canada (Toronto: Ontario Genealogical Society, 1996).

Military and Militia[edit | edit source]

British Orders and Awards, 2nd edition (London: Kaye and Ward Ltd., 1959). Lists all the awards, honours and medals, with notes on military and other ranks.

Crowder, Norman K., compiler, British Army Pensioners Abroad, 1772-1899 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1995). Listed by regiment.

Stewart, Charles H., compiler, The Service of British Regiments in Canada and North America: A Resume (Ottawa: Department of National Defence Library, 1962). Copies of this typescript document are available in most major research and legislature libraries, including a few in the USA.


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