Place:Grand Manan Island, Charlotte, New Brunswick, Canada

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NameGrand Manan Island
Alt namesGrand Manansource: Wikipedia
Grand Manan Villagesource: amalgamated village since 1996
Grand Harboursource: settlement on island
Woodwards Covesource: settlement on island
TypeParish, Island
Coordinates44.683°N 66.788°W
Located inCharlotte, New Brunswick, Canada     (1816 - )
Also located inWest Isles, Charlotte, New Brunswick, Canada     (1784 - 1816)
the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Grand Manan Island (also simply Grand Manan) is a Canadian island, and the largest of the Fundy Islands in the Bay of Fundy. It is also the primary island in the Grand Manan Archipelago, sitting at the boundary between the Bay of Fundy and the Gulf of Maine on the Atlantic coast. Grand Manan is jurisdictionally part of Charlotte County in the province of New Brunswick. As of 2006, the island had a population of 2,460.

Grand Manan Island was first settled in 1784 as part of the West Isles parish, but was given separate local government in 1816.

Grand Manan rests in the midwestern end of the Bay of Fundy, a body of water between the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and home to some of the most extreme tides in the world. It is 32 kilometres south of Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick. The point on the mainland closest to the island is in Washington County, Maine, near the town of Lubec, the easternmost point of the continental United States. Grand Manan is 15 km (9.3 mi) from Maine across the Grand Manan Channel. Grand Manan is 34 km (21 mi) long and has a maximum width of 18 km (11 mi) with an area of 137 square kilometres (53 sq mi).

The vast majority of Grand Manan residents live on the eastern side of the island. Due to limited access, 91-metre (300 ft) cliffs, and high winds, the western side of the island is not residentially developed.

The municipal government of the island consists of an elected mayor and village council. In 1995, the settlements of North Head, Castalia, Woodwards Cove (redirected here), Grand Harbour (redirected here), and Seal Cove were amalgamated into Grand Manan Village (redirected here). North Head, Grand Harbour, and Seal Cove had previously been villages, while Castalia and Woodwards Cove had been governed as local service districts. The new governing body came into effect on January 1 1996.

At the 2006 census there were 2,460 people living on Grand Manan, comprising 1,045 households and 700 families. The population density was 42.26 people per square mile (16.31/km²). There were 1,298 housing units at an average density of 22.29/sq mi (8.60/km²). The racial make-up of the island was 99.17% White; and less than 1% Latin American and Aboriginal populations. Those who were third generation or more made up 89% of the population.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick.

NOTE: The above description is completely different from that given in the Wikipedia article titled Grand Manan Parish, New Brunswick. Another Wikipedia has looked into this matter carefully and assessed that the Parish article is quoting figures for one of the smaller islands in the archipalego.

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The Charlotte County Archives in St. Andrews is a collection of thousands of original documents reflecting various individuals, groups, and businesses who have contributed to the social, cultural, economic and political life of Charlotte County, New Brunswick.

Research Tips

  • New Brunswick Provincial Archives. This is the introductory page. The tabs will lead you to more precise material.
  • The FamilySearch wiki. This lists the availability of vital statistics indexes for New Brunswick.
  • New Brunswick GenWeb. A round-up of a lot of genealogical information at the province, county and parish level. Lists of cemeteries and monumental inscriptions can be found here.
  • The Provincial Archives website titled The Placenames of New Brunswick has maps of all of its parishes and descriptions of some communities within them. This site contains "cadastral" maps for each parish illustrating the grantee’s name for land granted by the province. These maps are cumulative, showing all grants regardless of date.
  • Microfilm images of all Canadian censuses 1851-1911 are online at Library and Archives Canada, as well as at FamilySearch and Ancestry. The 1921 census appears to be available only at Ancestry.
  • More possibilities can be found by googling "New Brunswick province family history" and investigating the results.
  • The word "rencensement", found in Sources, is French for "census".
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This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original content was at Grand Manan Parish, New Brunswick. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with WeRelate, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.