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Learn all about the Cape Bre­ton Ge­neal­ogy & His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion.

It is nice to be back pro­vid­ing ar­ti­cles for the Cape Bre­ton Post. My name is Nor­man Mac­don­ald and I am cur­rently the pres­i­dent of the Cape Bre­ton Ge­neal­ogy and His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion.

It has been many months since I have writ­ten an ar­ti­cle and I will be­gin with a re-in­tro­duc­tion of our group.

The Cape Bre­ton Ge­neal­ogy and His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion is a Nova Scotia reg­is­tered not-for­profit so­ci­ety formed in March 2003. The found­ing meet­ing saw 22 mem­bers join the group and our full mem­ber­ship has grown to more than 1,000 mem­bers.

We have nu­mer­ous mem­bers lo­cally and the Cana­dian mem­ber­ship makes up 64 per cent of our group, the United States mem­ber­ship is 33 per cent and the re­main­der of our mem­ber­ship comes from Aus­tralia, New Zealand and the United King­dom.

New mem­bers are al­ways wel­come and you can be­come a mem­ber by click­ing on ‘mem­ber­ship’ on our web­site, www. cb­gen.org, and com­plet­ing a few sim­ple steps. Yearly mem­ber­ship is $25.

The goal of the as­so­ci­a­tion is to gather as much Cape Bre­ton­re­lated ge­neal­ogy in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble and to make it eas­ily avail­able for mem­bers any­where with an In­ter­net con­nec­tion.

We en­cour­age good qual­ity re­search and en­cour­age the shar­ing of in­for­ma­tion among re­searchers.

In or­der to make our re­search ma­te­rial avail­able to many peo­ple, we main­tain a high qual­ity, mem­ber-sup­ported web­site on which we post our vast col­lec­tion of ma­te­rial.

We are con­stantly gath­er­ing ad­di­tional ma­te­rial and the web­site is up­dated each month. Mem­bers can see all the new ma­te­rial in our monthly elec­tronic news­let­ter, the EZINE, or they may use any of the records by look­ing through the full web­site.

Our ex­ten­sive records in­clude an ever-in­creas­ing col­lec­tion of Cape Bre­ton-re­lated ma­te­rial. We have the fol­low­ing type of records — books, ceme­tery records, cen­sus records, fam­ily trees, his­tor­i­cal records, land grants, his­tor­i­cal maps, help­ful links to other sites, mil­i­tary records, obit­u­ary records, parish records, school records, a photo sec­tion, how to re­search sec­tion and more.

Our web­site houses the largest col­lec­tion of Cape Bre­ton­re­lated ge­neal­ogy ma­te­rial avail­able any­where. We are par­tic­u­larly proud of our ceme­tery record col­lec­tion. We are near the com­ple­tion of a multi-year project that in­volves list­ing and pho­tograph­ing all head­stones in ev­ery ceme­tery on Cape Bre­ton Is­land. We have reached more than 95 per cent of our goal and our vol­un­teers will com­plete the re­main­ing ceme­ter­ies in the near fu­ture.

When a ceme­tery record is com­pleted it is posted to our web­site and the in­for­ma­tion and the photo of a head­stone can be eas­ily ac­cessed.

We are reg­u­larly search­ing for more ceme­ter­ies and we have been di­rected to a num­ber of “lost ceme­ter­ies” in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions through­out the is­land.

Our web­site has had nearly one mil­lion vis­its as mem­bers use it to help with their re­search. The as­so­ci­a­tion has a wide va­ri­ety of mem­bers from novice to vet­eran re­searchers. Mem­ber­ship also in­cludes a num­ber of other Cape Bre­ton ge­neal­ogy groups and in­sti­tu­tions, sev­eral museums and two li­braries that all use the records avail­able on our web­site.

The Cape Bre­ton Ge­neal­ogy and His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion is a vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion and is op­er­ated by a board of di­rec­tors that in­cludes Nor­man Mac­don­ald, pres­i­dent, Mau­reen Mac­Neil, vice-pres­i­dent, Roger Tobin, di­rec­tor and web master, and di­rec­tors Philip Irons, Al­bert Zwicker, Philippe Ca­mus and Ger­rod Glauner. Nor­man Mac­don­ald is the pres­i­dent of the Cape Bre­ton Ge­neal­ogy and His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion. He is a re­tired banker, con­trac­tor and re­tail store op­er­a­tor and a life­long res­i­dent of Cape Bre­ton Is­land. He has been do­ing ge­neal­ogy re­search for more than 40 years. He is also a di­rec­tor of the Old Syd­ney So­ci­ety.

Nor­man Mac­don­ald Ge­ne­ol­ogy

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