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S. S. G. S. NEWS

September, 2005
South Shore Genealogical Society
PO Box 901 68 Bluenose Drive
Lunenburg NS B0J 2C0

Phone : 1-902-634-4794 Ext. 26

September Office Hours: Monday through Friday 1:00 to 5:00 PM

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President's Report

Strategic Development Committee

Four members of our Board and Candice, our summer staff, have been looking at ways/things we can do to perk up how we conduct business, what more we can do for you, our members, as well as develop new audiences and new revenue sources. We have been looking for funding to get some of our thoughts and dreams turned into reality. Areas of interest that have been targeted are: the web page, implement our Marketing Plan, develop new revenue sources, increase membership and volunteers for the office and/or hire paid office staff, review and upgrade our policies. To date we have had talks/visits/ help from the Council of Nova Scotia Archives, Passage Project re databases, a web page designer, Heritage Department of Nova Scotia and the Regional Development Agency.

Veterans Project

Thank you to those who have sent in information about our veterans. It is greatly appreciated. As you are checking out the archives in your area, why don't you take a moment or two and see if they have any information on Nova Scotian military people, especially those from Lunenburg County. Maybe "Great Aunt Harriet" wrote to her "Cousin Sophia" to say that "Uncle Reuben" returned home. If "Uncle Reuben" was a shy or reserved man, he may never have told his family what he had done or where he had been in his youth. Let's face it -we'd all want to have "Uncle Reuben" in our family tree. It may fill out that branch on the tree that seems a little splintered, and Heaven knows we all have a few broken branches in the tree.


Candice will be returning to her studies this fall. We wish her all the best. We also want to thank her for all the work in the office that she has done, and also for her insights and thoughts she has given us while working on our future. Thanks, Candice for a job well done !!!!

Unveiling At Lunenburg In memory of Great Pioneer Missionary

The following are excerpts from an newspaper article found in a old scrapbook about the infamous Jean Baptiste Moreau.

Lunenburg, May 6- His Honour Lieut-Governor and Mrs. Grant Arrived here last evening, motoring from Mahone Bay. The purpose of the visit was to unveil a tablet to the memory of his great grandfather Rev. Jean Baptiste Elizabeth Moreau, the first Anglican clergyman in Lunenburg and founder of the old St. John's church. Jean Baptiste Moreau was appointed a missionary by the Society for Propagating the Gospel in foreign parts, and held services in Lunenburg for seventeen years in English, French, and German. He preached his first sermons in Halifax in 1750 and came to Lunenburg with the first settlers in 1753, on June 17th. The first sermons in Lunenburg were held on the parcade, where he peached every Sunday until the church was built in 1754. St. John's Anglican Church was built by the government at a cost of 476: 16: 6. The material was imported from Boston. At various times it has been remodelled and today it is considered one of the handsomest churched in the province and is one of which the parishioners are justly proud. Mr. Moreau was a man of character and literary gifts, and was deeply religious. He was a preacher for seventeen years and his ashes rest under church which he founded. At the head over his grave is the following inscription: "Here lies the mortal part of Rev. Jean Baptiste El Moreau, for twenty years a missionary of a French congregation at Lunenburg who departed this life February 25th, 1770, age 59 years. " The eldest son of the missionary was born at Halifax on Christmas day, 1750, and is claimed to have been the first white child born in Nova Scotia. He was named Cornwallis Moreau after the then governor of Nova Scotia, who was a close friend of his father. His remains lie in a little cemetery at Crousetown, Lunenburg county, where a headstone was erected some years ago by the late T. Edwin Kaulback.

Acquisitions at SSGS

Audrey Heim Collection

The SSGS now has the work of Audrey Heim for view in the office. We have been busy indexing the material. The following list is a description of the collection; please note that due to a re-arrangement there is no Binder Thirty Nine.

Binder One- Baker Family Genealogy Index
Binder Two- Baker Family Genealogy
Binder Three- Baker Family Genealogy
Binder Four- Baker Family Genealogy
Binder Five- Baker Family Genealogy
Binder Six- Fancy Family Genealogy
Binder Seven- Faulkner Family Genealogy
Binder Eight -Fisher Family Genealogy
Binder Nine -Frauzel-Butler Family Genealogy
Binder Ten -Hamm Family Genealogy (Index Included)
Binder Eleven- Heim Family Genealogy
Binder Twelve -Henley Family Genealogy Index
Binder Thirteen -Henley Family Genealogy
Binder Fourteen -Henley Family Genealogy
Binder Fifteen- Gillmore Family Genealogy Index
Binder Sixteen -Gillmore Family Genealogy
Binder Seventeen -Gillmore Family Genealogy
Binder Eighteen -Gillmore Family Genealogy
Binder Nineteen- Gillmore Family Genealogy
Binder Twenty- MacKay Family Genealogy
Binder Twenty One -MacKay Family Genealogy (Index Included)
Binder Twenty Two -Meisner Family Genealogy
Binder Twenty Three- Slauenwhite Family Genealogy
Binder Twenty Four -Uhlman Family Genealogy Index
Binder Twenty Five- Uhlman Family Genealogy
Binder Twenty Six -Uhlman Family Genealogy
Binder Twenty Seven-Uhlman Family Genealogy
Binder Twenty Eight- Uhlman Family Genealogy (Index Included)
Binder Twenty Nine- Wagner-Arenburg Family Genealogy
Binder Thirty- Wentzell Family Genealogy
Binder Thirty One- Wessell Family Genealogy
Binder Thirty Two -Wharton Family Genealogy (Index Included)
Binder Thirty Three- Wile Family Genealogy
Binder Thirty Four- Wile Family Genealogy (Index Included)
Binder Thirty Five- Wile Family Genealogy
Binder Thirty Six- Crouse-Mailman-Robar-Weagle Family Genealogies
Binder Thirty Seven- Hirtle- Hallamore-Rhoddy-Langille Family Genealogies
Binder Thirty Eight- Keddy-Gillmore-Smith-Ward Family Genealogies
Binder Forty- Schnare & Hanley Family Genealogy
Binder Forty One- Shafner- Crouse Family Genealogy
Binder Forty Two- Weagle Family Genealogy
Binder Forty Three- Family Genealogies Name A-L
Binder Forty Four- Family Genealogies Name M-Z
Binder Forty Five- Miscellaneous Papers (Not Indexed)

- The Zwicker Family by David Zwicker & Lana Veinotte
- An Unofficial Person of History; Winthrop P. Bell by Lois MacLeod
- Thurlow Family File by James Lionel Thurlow
- Boehner Family Genealogy by Isabel Bailly
- As The Last Leaf Fell by Barbara (Mason) Peart
- Tancook Baptist Church- 150th Anniversary 1855-2005 by Francine Fortin-Levy
- Historical Atlas of the Maritimes, 1878. Introduction by Joan Dawson
- Etter Family File by SSGS
- Cook Family File by SSGS
- Thompson Family File by SSGS

Lunenburg of Yesterday

The following is an interesting story found in the Progress Enterprise (Wednesday May 24, 1944 pg.1) that gives some flavour to historic Lunenburg.

A few days ago, an old "letter head," used several years ago was handed to us. On its face is a picture of Lunenburg Waterfront and at one side a description of the Town. In the picture however, we note that the ships at the docks and at anchorage are the two masts fishing schooners type of today. Following is the story that appears on the "letter-head."Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. One of the largest and most thriving towns on the Atlantic coast, the shire town of Lunenburg County. Population 4,894. Chief industries are agriculture, fishing, ship and boat building. Principal exports, fish, lumber and farm products. Terminus of N.S. Central Ry. Has water communication with Halifax and Yarmouth by S.S. City of Monticello of the Yarmouth S.S. Co. Has three newspapers; two weeklies and a daily. Battery Beach at Battery point is a great bathing resort. Cannon Gate Park, situated on Kaulbach Hill, has the finest bicycle track east of Quebec. Beautiful drives and race course. Has a good harbor, from which sails one-tenth of the entire fishing fleet of the Dominion. Lighthouse at Cross Island shows two white catoptric lights, vertical, 35 feet apart; the upper one is 100 feet high revolving every minute, the lower one 65 feet high; visible 14 miles. (This is the east point Lunenburg Bay). Another Lighthouse at Battery Point having a fixed red light,, 50 feet light, visible 8 miles. Contains 48 stores, 4 hotels, 4 boat building houses, 2 ship yards, 5 cooperages, marine slip, iron foundry, planing mill [ ].Maritime and Dominion Savings Bank, Maritime, People's and Halifax Banks; Ovens Gold Mines, worked by Acadia Gold Reduction Co.; a county academy, the finest wooden building in the province, and 7 churches. Three splendid brass bands.On the back of the "letter-head" is a series of small advertisements on which we find the following: James Eisenhauer & co., Lunenburg: Laundry; John B. Young; Miller's Restaurant, (opposite King's Hotel); Frank L. MacNeil Bicycle Shop; R.A. Backman's Livery Stable; Hall's Hairdressing, Bath and Bill[i]ard Rooms; Zwicker & Co.; L.A. Hirtle's Furniture Depot and Photo Studio; Central House, G.W. Silver; King's Hotel;; J.J. McLachlan; Conrad & Anderson, Yacht and Boats; Adams, Knickle & Co.

How To Live One Hundred Years

How to live to be 100 years old is told by "Uncle Cape' Stanley, the centenarian of Downer's Grove, Illinios. Here are some of the rules that have governed his own life, seventy-four years of which have been lived in Chicago's western suburb:

Mind your business.
Don't quarrel with your neighbours.
Pay for what you get when you get it. Live within your means.
Don't eat between meals. Eat plain food and plenty of it.
Keep up your interest the news of the world.

Source: Family Scrapbook