LIFELINES Genealogical Research
for the fifteen Counties of New Brunswick, Canada
Primary records research with documentation to help you
learn more about your New Brunswick ancestors
This website offers genealogical research services. Many do their own research and this page contains links to New Brunswick record repositories. Some will want research help so read on to learn how to do that.
Large numbers of immigrants booked ships passage to North America in the 19th Century. An Atlantic voyage to US ports of entry was longer and more expensive than passage to the British North American ports. Passenger head fees were also levied on landing at US destinations. For these and other reasons, emigration from the British Isles and Europe to St Andrews, Saint John, Chatham and other New Brunswick ports of entry was greatest from the 1840's to after 1900. While many lived their lives here, some or their children moved on to points west and south. Today, there is scattered in every Province and State of North America descendants of these New Brunswick settlers. This website and research service is dedicated to helping these descendants learn more about their ancestors.
LIFELINES Genealogical Research
Research Fees and Expenses
Why Hire a Professional Researcher?
The Researcher's Work
Research Assessment and Index Search
c/o Don Dixon
129 Burpee Street, Fredericton
New Brunswick, E3A 1M6
Telephone: 506 459 1512
- Certified Genealogist (C) Genealogical Record Searcher GRS(C) Certified by the Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes UE United Empire Loyalist Certificate. The genealogical research competency designations contained herein are Canadian for research in Archives and other record repositories in Canada.
- Past-Member Executive, New Brunswick Genealogical Society, Capital Branch, Box 3235, Station B, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3A 5G9. Currently a member of the Society.
- Experienced Professional Genealogist, fifteen years of family history, land and estate records research .
- Research original and published records at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (PANB) and at other record repositories in New Brunswick.
- Record groups of particular research experience: Loyalist, Census, Land records, Wills and Probate.
- Research experience with government record series and private manuscript collections at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick and with the records in the Newspaper and Loyalist Collections, Reference and Archives Sections, Harriet Irving Library, University of New Brunswick. Both repositories located in Fredericton.
- Research services vary from a basic vital statistic lookup to a comprehensive search of all available records for an individual name or names in a family group. Research assignments result in a detailed letter report with information sources cited plus photocopies of all discovered documents including those of any relevant maps or survey plans.
NEW SERVICES: Missing People, Living Relatives, Heir Research, Photography.
- Research productivity and the time needed to discover the information desired is in direct proportion to the assignment input. Most of the Provincial archival records are grouped by County. If possible, provide this basic information: the County or Community in New Brunswick where your ancestor was born or resided, the known or probable Church denomination plus all dates and ages as currently known. Productive research can result without these basics due to the availability of several Province-wide place and individual name indexes.
- To complement the work and to avoid possible duplication of findings, copies of your present documentation and/or compiled information are requested with your direction regarding specific research objectives and priorities.
- The services are based on hourly fees. Expenses are normally document or microfilm copies, long-distance calls and air-mail costs. Out-of-town travel is usually not necessary since most New Brunswick records are on deposit at PANB or at the UNB Harriet Irving Library in Fredericton. Where necessary, liaison with a local researcher will assure complete record coverage while avoiding travel expense. A deposit by personal check or money order is required prior to research. Ask about INTERAC email money transfers, your bank teller will tell you how to do it
- The records research experience of the local researcher is the prime consideration. Sometimes, genealogical research of a family line comes to an end because of missing records or other reasons. An experienced researcher can often solve this problem by researching record groups you are not aware of or are not available to you.
- Physical distance from a record repository is a common reason for needing local research services. While we are today seeing more indexes of original database material online, full information is still only available at a record repository.
- The research service objective is to find information about your ancestors from original and published records. The New Brunswick records of individual historical names are comprehensive at the above repositories. On first search, the researcher will study the normally most productive indexes and record groups to find ancestor information contained in these records. Most assignments will be completed in thirty days or less.
- If you have questions, these are best communicated by email message. However, if you want to speak with the researcher for a more personal research assessment, you are invited to phone the number above. Any calls taken by the answering machine will be returned the same or next day. Please record the time of the call, your name, phone number and the best time to call you back.