What's all this about?
- These web pages document family tree information for William (Bill)
Chesley Garland and Elsie Frances Benson (my parents) that has been
gathered by their brood (and the better halves). This genealogical data
has been compiled into a database containing some 3500+ names including
my personal family tree (GARLAND + maternal lines BENSON / ALCOCK /
LETHBRIDGE ...) and that of my spouse and the spouses of my siblings
(PECKHAM / FRANCIS / ROBERTS / PERFECT / GOSSE / LESTER). Each individual
has been assigned a unique (but arbitrary) ID # for reference purposes.
- The geographical focus of this web site is the east coast of Newfoundland.
See the Maps page for some maps of Newfoundland
- On these pages I use 'Conception Bay Garlands' to denote the branch
that came from the Harbour Grace District and surrounding areas in Conception
Bay. This is a misnomer that I will correct at the next major site update.
- There are three main branches of Garlands in Newfoundland: the Conception
Bay Garlands (my line), the Trinity Bay Garlands (the famous merchants
of the 1700's) and the Lower Island Cove Garlands (north shore of Conception
Bay North). The available evidence is given below. No links have been
confirmed for these three branches but the search for connections continues.
Tradition has it that the Conception Bay Garlands (Harbour Grace and
area) are not related to the Lower Island Cove Branch (north shore of
Conception Bay North). For an quick overview of the main branches in
the database, view the following charts:
- Speculation #1: Are the Trinity Bay Garlands
connected to the Conception Bay Garlands?
- Disclosure policy: The full database contains information on
living people. Out of respect for their privacy, it is general practice
to not make public any information on living people other than their
names and position on the family tree. Thus, details on living people
have been 'cleaned' from the files and reports that follow. The full
versions of the reports and files are also given here as password protected
files. Only immediate members of my family have access to these protected
files, denoted [protected] on this web site. Unless so noted,
all files and reports on this web site have been 'cleaned'.
- The database is big and it is easy to get lost. To help you get your
bearings when you are viewing the database by the methods given below,
try starting with the roots of the main branches (oldest known persons)
that are stored under the surname AAA (eg Garland_Conception_Bay
AAA leads to the root of the Conception Bay Garlands).
- The database, zipped here as bk6all.zip
[protected], was created using a shareware program called Brother's
Keeper version 7 (BK7). I have not been able to figure out how to
create a 'cleaned version' of the BK database for general distribution.
- If you want to import the data into another program, download the
database, clean.ged, in the generic GEDCOM
- Browse the above GEDCOM database with Mudcreek's
GENViewer software. This is
the best GEDCOM viewer I have found. You can view, search, sort and
sift through the whole database with ease to see the big picture or
zoom in on the details.
- You can also view
the whole genealogy database by browsing the database online in two
different, but complementary, ways. These links will open up
in a separate window with no frames to permit better printing. Adjust
the text font size in your browser to get more or less text on a line.
and descendants - This is really cool - generated
Elegant and free! This view is great for seeing the bigger
picture of how people are related over the generations. Unfortunately,
ged2web does not retain the sources or the ID numbers of
the original BK database.
group sheets on-line - generated by Brother's
Keeper. Go to this view when you want to get the details
on a family or individuals, including sources and notes.
- Finally, the Indented Book Report (pdf 320kb) of all people in the database in a format suitable for easy searching and printing. This includes all dates, notes and sources for each person.
- You might find the associated Alphabetical Index of names useful (pdf 90kb).
- Hint: Search on the phrase '? link' in the above Indented Book Report to find names with speculative links made in the database.
- Brother's Keeper was used to generate Reports
(trees, indented book reports, etc) that are suitable for printing.
Other views are possible; all you have to do is ask.
- I am looking for better ways to display genealogy information on-line.
Did you find the above forms convenient and complete? Let me
- Stay tuned for updates...monitor this
- Lists of information sources that have been reviewed
(books, archives, cemeteries, personal correspondence, etc.) - To
prevent duplicate efforts, look here to see what has been reviewed.
- Maps for Newfoundland and Labrador gathered
from the web.
- Photographs of individuals and families.
John Berry's Census of 1675 from the Newfoundland
Grand Banks site. I have captured this page as a pdf
file (157 kb) for archival purposes.
- Newspaper article on the Garland name
(pdf 79kb), The Humber Log, Corner Brook, Nfld, 1978.07.05, page 3.
- Information on Charles Davis Garland
(#36) with reference to Charles' father, George Garland (#31) and Charles'
grandfather, John Garland (#32), supplied by W. G. Handcock (pdf 23
- Extract from: Newfoundland, As it was
and as it is in 1877 (pdf 987 kb), by Rev. Philip Tocque, A. M.,
chapter IV, pub by John B. Magurn, 1878. Some mention of Charles Garland
#36and W.C. St. John #2005, as indicated.
- Tourist information that may help your genealogy search
- The Newfoundland Trail - tourist information brochure for Poole, Dorset, England. Poole is a neat town
that any Newfoundlander will relate to. Well worth a visit if you get the chance.
See also Poole Tourism.
- Seary info. (pdf file)
- I'm My Own Grandpa (pdf 3 kb)
- Calendar for 1999 [protected]
(pdf format, 42 kb) showing birthdates of people in the database.
Links to Other Sites
Grand Banks - Super site with lots of information and links,
including links to personal web pages. The purpose of this site
is to provide original genealogical and historical data in the form
of census information, Provincial wide directory publications, church,
parish, and cemetery records, and many other original source documents.
It has been created for those desiring to do research in the Province
of Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador (formerly Newfoundland and Labrador Genealogical Society (NLGS)
- Start here for links to other web sites on genealogy in Newfoundland.
- Newfoundland and Labrador GenWeb
- Super site with lots of information and links, including links
to personal web pages.
- Dorset (England) Online Parish Clerks -
researches available historical data on a given parish, transcribes records and makes them FREELY available. Links to other areas in England. Lots of online records here.
Family Genealogy Forum - a popular forum on the Garland surname
brought to you by genealogy.com. Most of the messages are US and Canada
Family Research Association - US based. Contains many links to other
Garlands, an email list that you can join and a huge, searchable database.
- The Genealogy Web Project of Surname
Resource Centers - A searchable Registry, consisting of over
50,000 surnames links!
surname - gives links to Garland sites and researchers, and offers
a Garland email list.
- Excerpts from the Encyclopedia
of Newfoundland and Labrador: [uh oh, looks like the site is
of Newfoundland English Online - very handy reference.
- Canadian Genealogy and History Links - Newfoundland
- lots of great links.
and Labrador Heritage - great site for general background heritage
information on Newfoundland to help put the genealogy in context. Don't
miss the Gazetteer
section for tracking down place names.
- Centre for Newfoundland Studies,
Memorial University of Newfoundland. Genealogy link.
and Labrador Historic Map Archive - just a few maps here so far.
- Wessex Newfoundland Society - The Wessex Newfoundland Society fosters links between the people of Poole and Dorset and the surrounding areas of Wessex and those of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Society publishes a quarterly newsletter called The Link and seeks articles, and items of interest for inclusion. It welcomes suggestions for pursuing the aims as set out in its Constitution.
Contact Brian Galpin.
- Behind the
Name - The etymology and history of first names.
- Cyndi's List -
perhaps the best site for general information about genealogy.
- Identity theft concerns
- Personal web pages:
- Rebecca Garland #2020, b 18 May, 1885, Lower Island Cove, dau.
of Thomas Garland and Elizabeth (Betsy) Snelgrove, married Hector
MacNeil #2021, b. 26 June, 1880. One of their son's, Raymond Hector
MacNeil married Elisabeth Carones (Nancy) Burke. For more on the
Burkes, see Sonny
Burke's web site. A web site for the MacNeils and related families
is being planned and will be linked here when it is available.
Genes - look under 'Cook'
to see a Lower Island Cove Garland connection: John COOK , born
bef. 1894; deceased bef. 1903; buried in England, UK. He married
bef. 1897, Elizabeth CRITCH , born 9 Feb 1875 in Lower Island Cove,
Newfoundland, daughter of Charles and Mary Ann (GARLAND) CRITCH
. [uh oh, looks like the Cook section is not available at the
Genealogy - by Patrick Garland - US based, nice article on the
origins of the Garland
D. Garland's genealogy site - US based. [uh oh, looks like
the link is broken]
the Garland Family Tree from John and Susannah Nichols Garland
- US based.
genealogy - by Maureena Jordan. Not directly related to the
Garlands except through my wife's side (Perfect from Ochre Pit Cove).
Garland site - by Bernard Garland.
- Lady Newfoundland - lots of general Newfoundland links, including genealogy, tourism, music ...