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Following article posted Jan. 07, 2000, Vol. IV Number 01

Roving Reporters
   Ruby M. Cusack,


When I was a kid, getting dressed for special occasions really wasn't much fun. Mum would get us ready and park us on one of the kitchen chairs to wait and wait until it was time to go.

July 10, 1943, was no exception. It was Aunt Ethel's wedding day. I had a new pink dress that tied in the back and of course a big pink bow in my hair. Cliff wore a two-piece white suit with a bow tie. The youth of today, would say it was a blazer and shorts. Mum was really under pressure as she was having the wedding supper at our house.

Since I was 18 months older than Cliff, I was expected to look after him. He was always a good little fellow and as usual sat quietly playing with a set of letter blocks.

The appearance of my kitten Daffy took my attention. She would go round and round the chair, attempting to catch the end of the string that I held in my hand, but the end was always out of her reach.

When Dad called for all of us to load into the car for the trip to the Manse in Hampton, I jumped up and dashed out the door.

"Where is Cliffy?" he asked.

I just shook my head and shrugged my shoulders.

Mum found him in the back porch with a paint brush and a can of green paint busily painting his little chair. Luckily not a drop of paint was spilled on his clothes, but all the way to the wedding we could smell the turpentine that was used to clean up his little green hands.

Dorothy Wiggs of Fredericton (New Brunswick) has probably been getting lots of blue ink marks on her hands transcribing the Marriages of New Brunswick for the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick

Thanks to Dorothy and the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, researchers can sit at the computer and search for marriage information from 1888 to 1916.

Drop in a pay a visit to

The process of a central registration of New Brunswick Marriages began in 1888. Previously from 1812 to 1887, marriages were registered within each county.

All marriages may not have been made in heaven, but the genealogical information they hold, can make the family researcher think they are in seventh heaven.

About The Author:

Ruby is a genealogy buff and professional researcher living in Saint John, New Brunswick.

She writes a genealogical and queries column in the Good Life, Saint John Times Globe. The columns are archived on her website at

She welcomes New Brunswick queries to be posted in her column in the Saint John Times Globe. E-mail your query to Ruby Cusack at:

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