Our History

Miramichi Genealogy Society History

The feasibility of founding a genealogical society on the Miramichi became apparent to Carmen Williston as he searched and compiled records of his family connections. Born in Bay Side, on the shores of the Miramichi, he graduated from Miramichi Rural High School and joined the Military. Upon retirement, the family chose to locate in Miramichi.

While doing his research, he talked to other genealogists, including Carl Landry at St. Michael’s Museum, visited other genealogy groups and spoke to interested local people.
With assurance of support, a notice was put in the local paper that a meeting to establish a Miramichi genealogical society would be held at the Chatham public library on April 10, 1991.  The Miramichi Genealogy Society is a Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogy Society.

Eighteen people were present and the following executive was elected:

  • President – Carmen Williston
  • Vice President – Donald Ross
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Carl Landry
  • Committee Chairman – Steven Quinn



Present – vacant (Faye Baisley – Acting)
Past President – Faye Baisley
Vice President – Dianne Mullin
Treasurer – Elsie Stefanyk
Secretary – Roger Savoy
Membership Chair – Terry Savage
Directors – Bill Donald, John Fogan, Anna MacDonald