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Garth Woodward (#48152708)
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Bio Photo On this website I am mainly working on Winnipeg's very large Brookside Cemetery, and a little bit on Saint Vital Cemetery. I am also doing a small mount of work on some cemeteries around Treherne, Holland, and MacGregor, in Manitoba, Canada; and also some cemeteries around Leeds and Inverness, in County Megantic, Quebec, Canada. I also have an interest in burials for people involved in the Riel Rebellion / 1885 Northwest Rebellion / North West Field Force (N.W.F.F.).

Feel free to copy my photos and information to use them on your own genealogy, and to add to websites where you have posted your own genealogy. If possible you could mention the source was Find A Grave and Garth Woodward. Thanks.

The records in Winnipeg's Brookside Cemetery office are not completely online. The cemetery's paper records for approximately 1881 to 1906 have not yet been computerized by cemetery staff. The cemetery was founded in 1878. There are a lot of burials without gravestones in the older parts of the cemetery. However the records in the cemetery office are reasonably good, but sometimes have spelling and other errors, and a very small number of the older burials do not seem to have been recorded.

Manitoba Vital Statistics began in 1882. They have a free searchable index for deaths over 70 years ago, marriages over 80 years ago, and births over 100 years ago. This index provides only a small amount of information, but it does give date and location of death, age, and sometimes the date of birth of the deceased or the mother's maiden name. To get the full information you have to order a copy of the registration from the government website for $12. The free index is at Manitoba Vital Statistics index

The official website for Winnipeg's Brookside Cemetery, which has a searchable index of their burials, but no photos. Approx. 1881 to 1906 is not on the website yet:
Brookside Cemetery website index
and here is the Brookside Cemetery map

Winnipeg Free Press obituaries from about 1999 to the present. Free of charge

Winnipeg Free Press Archives website. The entire newspaper from 1874 to the present is searchable. Membership required.

The first 25 years of the Treherne Times newspaper, 1899 to 1924, are available free online. This newspaper also serves the Rossendale and Lavenham areas, Manitoba.

In Winnipeg's very large Brookside Cemetery there are about 110,000 burials, spread over about 120 different "Sections". I am mainly just going to work on burials for the 1880s to the 1910s and some 1920s. In Sections 1 to 8, N, O, Q, R, S, T, and U, I have photographed all the existing gravestones however I have not finished adding all of them to Find A Grave. These are some of the oldest sections in the cemetery, and many of those plots do not have gravestones. In 2015 I will likely finish all the stones in Sections D and M. I have taken quite a few pictures of the older gravestones in Sections B, E, F, L, K, H, W, 80, 81, and the oldest rows in Sec 21 and 22 (which are roughly pre-1920) but my photography in these places is nowhere near complete. In future years I will try to just work in the above areas, and on gravestones from the 1880s to the 1910s and some 1920s, except for photo requests and misc. others. I do not plan to work much at all on Sections A, C, and P either, because they are a little bit too new. I describe all this in case other people want to attempt taking photos of lots of stones in some of the other Sections, and to reduce any duplication of work. Some duplication of work is probably inevitable though. There is another website also with Brookside cemetery, it is the Canada GenWeb project, but it has far fewer photos than on Find A Grave. Here is the Brookside Cemetery map

For Winnipeg's Brookside Cemetery I sometimes give a little extra attention to the most common surnames. The most common surnames in Manitoba on the 1911 census were: Smith, Johnson, Brown, Anderson, Wilson, and then Campbell, Thompson, Johnston, Scott, Taylor, Stewart, Jones, Thomas, Clark, Young, Martin, McDonald, Williams, Ross, Jackson, Robinson, Bell, Robertson, Miller, White, Moore, Wright, Graham, Walker, Cook, McDonald, Hamilton, Watson, Hall, Mitchell, Wood, Davis, Davidson, Lee, and Green.

Dingle-1121-Dzinka, Fanning-1515-Fulcher, McIntyre-3600-Myszkowski, White-1497-Wooley

Fanning, Infant Twin, 122677378
Fuhr, Tani, -- 122679611

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RE: Barbara Hedwig Hucaluk
Thank you. It was my daughter who took the photo.

Thank you again.
Added by Fugitive on Apr 18, 2015 7:15 PM
Ede Tanning Co.
RE: Ede family in Winnipeg, Canada
Hi Garth,

Thank you for the beautiful photo of Montaque Ede's empty cradle. Unfortunately, the family left Winnipeg due to economy depression, my great grandfather was in the real estate business. He moved to Sioux City, Iowa and opened a general goods store, post office and real estate business. Once again the economy collapsed and the family moved to Dubuque, Iowa to open a fur tanning company, Edes Robe Tanning Company. I have posted your photo on my blog and with your permission may I add your name as photo credit?

As for the surrounding graves, I do not know who these people are. Perhaps friends of the family.

Added by Ede Tanning Co. on Apr 06, 2015 8:32 AM
Phyllis Adamson
Canada births and deaths
Hi Garth,

Thank you for your responses. I will keep and use the links you sent. I do have a World subscription to Ancestry but didn't realize I would have to go to Ancestry in other countries to reap that benefit. And thanks for the info on how the cemetery info was collected: from records and not from headstones.

James' parents were George Morrison Cumming (1844-1927) and Louisa White (Whyte) Williams (ca.1848-1920). Whyte was her father's middle name and it's likely that was his own mother's M.S.

I do have the family listed in my tree on Ancestry, but nothing has popped up for James from any country. Not solely waiting for "hints", I did my own searches on Ancestry and on FamilySearch, with no luck. I will try your link to the Manitoba death records. Do they also have marriage records in Manitoba that are available online?

With such a common name, this search will take a LONG time!!

Added by Phyllis Adamson on Mar 20, 2015 10:59 PM
RE: the below message from Phyllis Adamson
Thanks, Garth. I was going to respond to Phyllis then I saw your message.

Added by Christina on Mar 19, 2015 9:45 PM
Aurorae Little U.E.
RE: Andrew Aikens
G'day Garth, I seen Daniel is in the same cemetery under Aitken.. There are various spellings... all hints lead to the next generation for linking.. Appreciate the extra info... Will continue to hunt.
Added by Aurorae Little U.E. on Mar 02, 2015 7:56 PM
Judy Imes
RE: Mary (Dryden) Lamb, died 1909
I have been trying to find out more about Mary Dryden Lamb. It appears that she was born 3 years before the marriage of Andrew Dryden and Elizabeth Kennedy. Andrew came to Ontario about 1834 so, if she is their child, she would have been born in Ontario. All the references indicate that she is indeed their child.
My aunt has a copy of one of the Dryden family genealogy books. I will ask her if the book contains any more information about Mary.
Andrew and Elizabeth's youngest daughter Isabel was my great-grandmother. She moved from Toronto to Indus, Minnesota as a mail order bride. Judy
Added by Judy Imes on Feb 02, 2015 11:45 AM
G. Lester
RE: Elizabeth Harvey Lester
Thanks, Garth. I did rearrange the photos and appreciate your help.

Added by G. Lester on Jan 27, 2015 8:48 PM
John Erwin
RE: John Wellington Perry (1852-1921)
Thanks once again for the additional tips on Mrs Hill (nee Perry). I don't recall seeing any footstones or similar near the main monument, however I wasn't exactly looking for them either when I was there last.

I am on Ancestry as well; I'll have to pull up the records you speak of.

Take care and thanks once again for passing along this valuable information.
Added by John Erwin on Jan 08, 2015 11:25 AM
Fay Carmichael
Charles Miller date
Thanks so much for catching that - my grandmother's brother!

Added by Fay Carmichael on Jan 08, 2015 7:04 AM
John Erwin
John Wellington Perry (1852-1921)
Hi Garth;

Thank you for the tip relating to the Daughter of John Wellington Perry being buried in the same plot.

BTW, although I didn't create this memorial I'm the current manager of it (I'm related). I would be interested in any additional information you may have.

Added by John Erwin on Jan 07, 2015 6:33 AM
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