I discovered mention of the book “Arrivals 99 — Our First Families in New Brunswick” about 10 years too late.

But all is not lost. The compilation has grown to include some 7,400 of the first families in New Brunswick — and the information is available through Brunswick Genealogical Society Inc.’s Web site, www.nbgs.ca.

Scroll down to Items of Interest and click on First Families. Or you can get there directly by going to www.nbgs.ca/firstfamilies.html.

The files are organized alphabetically by surname. Within a surname, they’re organized by first name.

So the patriarch of the Steeves family, Johan Heinrich Stieff Steeves, is listed after Christian, Frederick, Henry and Jacob, but before John, Lewis and Matthias.

Heinrich, born in Germany, married Regina Stahleker in 1745 in Munsingen, came to Pennsylvania in 1749, and moved to Hillsborough, Albert County, New Brunswick, in 1766, so there would be enough land for his seven sons.

Sources are cited for each family, sources that are available at the Provincial Archives in Fredericton.

Keep in mind that this material on the First Families Web site is compiled material.

That tells us two things. These aren’t original records — you should document the information by researching primary records.

Further, “compiled” implies that someone — or more than one person — has put together items to create what you read. The interpretation used in compiling is always subject to human error.

Here’s an example that I believe is mostly correct, but contains a mistake:

“TAYLOR: William Tate Taylor was born c1736 probably in County Antrim, Ireland, died 20 Jun 1820, s/o William Taylor and Martha McReady: came to NB and settled in Hillsborough Parish, Albert County: m. Rebekka Wallace born 1776 at Horton, NS, died 22 Mar 1859, d/o John Wallace and Catherine Cochrane.”

The entry goes on to list Tate Taylor and Rebekka has having 11 children between 1798 and 1816. The source is listed as Ken Kanner’s “Early Families Revisited.”

But I think the 1736 birth date is that of Tate Taylor’s father, William Taylor, the one who married Martha McReady.

That’s because my information on William and Martha came from their gravestones in the cemetery in Hillsborough, which my husband and I visited in 2001.

I have death dates of June 20, 1820, for William Taylor, and Jan. 24, 1813, for his wife, Martha McReady. I figured their birth dates as 1736 for William and 1729 for Martha.

I remember being very excited that the stone listed Martha’s maiden name.

I believe we also found Rebekka Taylor’s gravestone in the same area with a death date of March 22, 1859. I marked her as buried in Hillsborough.

Yes, I took photos of these three gravestones, but of course I don’t remember where I put them. May that be a lesson to all of us!

Tate Taylor, who fathered 11 children from 1798 to 1816, could theoretically have been born in 1736, but I think it’s more likely he was born about 1759 in Ireland.

Obviously, I’ll need to follow up with other sources on this topic.

I didn’t look for John and Catherine (Cochrane) Wallace in this graveyard, as I didn’t know then that Rebekka was a Wallace.

The real reason we sought out that graveyard was to find burial places for Heinrich and Regina (also referred to as Rachel), and that we did.

Do you know the difference between a cemetery and a graveyard? Technically, a graveyard is located next to a church, whereas a cemetery is not. I read that in “American Spirit,” the historical magazine of the Daughters of the American Revolution.


“Putting Your Genealogy Information Online” is the topic of a workshop sponsored by the Wassebec Genealogical Society, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 16, at Thompson Free Library, Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft.

The presenter will be Dale Mower, president of the Maine Genealogical Society and Web master for several sites.

Learn how to upload photos and pedigree charts, build a Web site or create a blog. The library has wireless access, so bring your laptop computer. Experienced and beginning genealogists are all welcome.

For information, contact Tootie and Wayne Bennett at 876-3073 or Jack and Nancy Battick at 564-3576.

The Washington County Genealogical Society will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the home of Valdine Atwood, 17 Colonial Way, Machias. This is the house with the red shutters at the corner of Free Street and the former Main Street, across from the Burnham Tavern.

Those who wish may take the opportunity to inspect the research in Atwood’s collection.

The group meets the third Saturday of the month, April to November. Dues are $10 per year, sent to WCGS, c/o Christine Small, P.O. Box 28, East Machias, ME 04654. Members receive the quarterly “Weirs & Woods.”

For information, contact president Frances Raye, 853-6630; or secretary Valdine Atwood, 255-4432.

Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402; or e-mail queries to familyti@bangordailynews.net.

Roxanne Moore Saucier

Family Ties columnist