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Article Published May 18, 1999

Sandra Devlin EAST COAST KIN (Canada)
By: Sandra Devlin, Biography & Archived Articles

Genealogy Vacations

If you are planning a genealogy vacation this summer in the Maritimes, you may want to take in some of the events listed in this column. If you were not planning a Maritime summer vacation, maybe one or more of the following will change your mind. In no particular order and not intended to be all inclusive:

New Brunswick Ancestors - Arrivals and Departures - 20th Anniversary Conference sponsored by N.B. Genealogical Society - July 30-Aug. 2 Genealogists and family historians are invited to enjoy more than a dozen lecturers, panel discussions, research rooms, private consultations, computer lab and marketplace to be held at Atlantic Baptist University, 333 Gorge Rd., Moncton, N.B.

Keynote speakers: John Grenham from Ireland and Marjory Harper from Scotland.
Grenham's topic is To the Auld Sod - Finding Your Ancestors in Ireland. Harper's is Bridging the Atlantic - Scottish Emigration to New Brunswick.

Conference fee: $65. Accommodations and meals at reasonable costs available on campus - must be booked before July 15. More information on NBGS web site: Contact for questions: Victor Badeau (506) 458-2717 (evenings AST) or e-mail:

16th Annual Irish Festival on the Miramichi, New Brunswick. July 15-18. Concerts, parade, formal dance, workshops, historical talks, N.B. Archives genealogy display, crafts, story telling for children, dance workshops and more.

Clan McCarthy International Gathering of the Clan. Irish Festival Web Site: Festival Office, PO Box 415, Miramichi, N.B., E1N 3A8; e-mail:
McCarthy Clan registration/information: Marven McCarthy, 6 Snowball St., Miramichi, N.B., E1N 1X6; telephone/fax: (506) 773-6296; e-mail:>

9th Annual Summerside (P.E.I.) Highland Gathering. June 25-27. Genealogy will be added to the mix of attractions for the first time at the ninth annual Summerside Highland Gathering and Military Tattoo at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts. Robert Starratt of Edinburgh, Scotland will conduct Scottish Family History Services. Starratt is a full-time professional genealogist. For the past five years he has made presentations on Scottish Family History Research: Sources and Methods and represented the Scottish Association of Family History Societies at the New Hampshire Highland Games in Loon Mountain, New Hampshire. During the gathering in Summerside, the main assembly hall of the piping school will become the clan and genealogy area. There will be information tables, seminars and workshops. For more information contact: Sharon Smith, business and marketing manager,The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada, 619 Water St. E., Summerside, P.E.I, C1N 4H8; telephone: (902) 436-5377; fax: (902) 436-4930; Web page: or Ms Ripley; telephone: (902) 436-7733; e-mail:

Bridgewater, Queens County, N.S. ... Catch the Spirit -1899 - 1999 Bridgewater is poised for the biggest celebration in its century-long history. In June, construction will begin on a sailing vessel on the style of those built on the banks of the LaHave River in 1899. The vessel will be raffled at the end of construction, with tickets costing only $10.

The "Big Ex" from July 26 to Aug. 1 will feature events related to the Centennial Year. Other summer events will include a Homecoming Reunion at Bridgewater High School and a Town Criers Competition. On Labour Day, the Centennial Society will host a family picnic featuring amateur entertainers, an outdoor dance, turn of the century games such as potato sack, wheel barrow and three legged races and a a five-cent "fish pond".

Antigonish (N.S.) Highland Games, July 16-18. The Antigonish Highland Games are the longest running Highland games in North America. Ancient sports competitions; dance and piping competitions. All that and genealogy, too. Contact: Ronald B. Chisholm, 274 Main St., Antigonish, N. S., B2G 2C4; telephone: (902)86-4275

Earltown (Colchester County, N.S.) Pipers Picnic. Aug. 4. The Earltown Pipers Picnic supports the maintenance and refurbishment of the pioneer cemeteries; a tribute to the Highland ancestors, the pioneer settlers who came from Scotland in the early 1800s. Old-fashioned country picnicking at its finest. Drive to Earltown then ask anyone how to get to the picnic. Visitors begin to gather in the late morning and many linger until dusk. All are welcome. Proceeds of the Pipers Picnic are derived solely from the sale of home-cooked suppers and are used for the beautification and maintenance of the three pioneer cemeteries in Earltown. Donations are gratefully accepted and, if desired, can be designated for one cemetery.

Festival of the Founders Tignish (P.E.I.) Bicentennial. June 27- Sept 12. The Bicentennial project celebrates the arrival of the original eight Acadian families and chronicles the 200 year history and progressive development of the community of through to the present day. Family reunions for Doucet, Bernard, Chaisson, Richard, Gaudet, Poirier, Desroches and Arsenault. Among the Festival of the Founders features: Historical presentations, genealogy sessions and lecture series. Telephone: (902) 882-1999; e-mail: .

If Fish Could Sing - Children's Festival, Monday-Friday, July 1 to Aug. 31. Beaconsfield Historic House, Charlottetown, P.E.I . The P.E.I. Museum presents ,a toe-tapping sing-along Celtic show for ages 2 to 92. An afternoon program of art, Victorian dress-up and improvisation. Other programs also at Beaconsfield. Admission charged. Telephone (902) 368-6603; fax:(902) 368-6608; Web Page:

7th Annual Abegweit Pow Wow/Panmure Island Provincial Park. Aug. 20-22. Everyone is welcome. Craft tables and traditional food vendors available. Bus tours welcome. Admission is free. Contact: Native Council of P.E.I. (902) 892-5314.

Acadian Feast Day/Acadian Museum Aug. 15. Acadian Museum, Miscouche and in Wellington. The day begins with a procession of Acadian families, raising the Acadian flag, music, dance and refreshments. 9-11 am. Contact: (902) 432-2880.

Visiting Cousins and Family Kin; July 3-4. King's Landing Historical Settlement, Route 2 Exit 259, Prince William, N.B. Other events throughout year. Open May 29 - Dec. 23. Contact: Lynn Thornton, Prince William, N.B., E0H 1S0; telephone: (506) 363-4989; e-mail:

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