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BRANCH HISTORY - Saint John Branch
 
On March 4, 1981 a group of interested persons held an organizational meeting to discuss forming a Saint John Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society with Peter Gilchrist acting as Chairman.  In the minutes of that meeting, we read that Mr. Gilchrist explained the chain of events that led to this particular meeting.
 
A group of would-be genealogists became interested in the possible formation of a Saint John Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society after they had attended a UNBSJ extension course on genealogy, which was given by Mr. Dan Johnson.  Several informal meetings were held, followed by a seminar on 21 January 1981.  It was then determined that there was sufficient interest to proceed with a Branch in Saint John.
 
The first official meeting of the Saint John Branch was held in the King George VI Room of the New Brunswick Museum on Wednesday, April 1, 1981 and the following slate of officers was elected:
 
President:      
Peter Gilchrist
Vice-President: 
L. W. Bagnell
Treasurer:      
Daniel Johnson
Secretary:      
H.M. Heckbert
Directors:      
Helen Brown
                  
Catherine Somerville
                  
Janice Dexter
                  
Graeme Somerville
                  
Lois Scott
 
 
On "Charter Night", April 1, 1981, the fledgling branch had 45 paid-up members. The current membership is 174.