The Microforms Department of the University of New Brunswick Harriet Irving Library is pleased to present to the public the Marianne Grey Otty Database. The site, available on May 18th, offers information useful to genealogists and historians, as well as students. It may be accessed at http://vre.lib.unb.ca/motty.
The database contains Anglican Church records from the Gagetown, New Brunswick area, which provide vital data on Loyalist settlers and their descendants. A series of travelling ministers tending to scattered communities in New Brunswick kept extensive records from the years 1786 to 1841 detailing marriages, baptisms, and deaths along with anecdotal notes. The original materials were transcribed by author and local historian, Marianne Grey Otty (1890-1963). The records centre geographically on Gagetown, Queen’s County and particularly focus on the New Brunswick communities of Fredericton, Saint Marys, Lincoln, Grand Lake, Waterborough, Long Island, Wickham, Hampstead, Maugherville, Petersville, Sheffield, Kingston, Springfield, Greenwich, and Saint John. Entries, however, as far flung as Nova Scotia, Ontario, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York are included.
The Marianne Grey Otty database of The Loyalist Collection provides an opportunity to explore family connections, as well as providing a glimpse into eighteenth and nineteenth century New Brunswick.