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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.