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In his early years when Dr. Chris Young was teaching and for some time thereafter, he used to perform chemical magic under the stage name The Wizard. The actual Wizard Cove, New Brunswick, Canada, is in front of his cottage he had inherited from his parents. Additionally, Chris in the late 1990's was one of the first amateur genealogists--historians to utilize the Internet as a free sharing vehicle for his years of Foreign Protestants research.

His original website of the Wizard's Cove ( has now been integrated into the Society's current website.

The quote below from his introduction to this website best represents Chris' true selfless and enduring value to all descendants of Foreign Protestants:

Drop your anchor in the Wizard's Cove and come ashore for a spell.
Tis no longer a tik o'fog, you as it can be in the Marimtides
 Let my web pages introduce you to some of the mysteries of my world,
whether it be trying to find who has swum in my gene pool, how
to grow crystals, what goes on in my alchemy lab, or laugh a bit.
Perhaps we can also spin a few yarns about other fish swimming in

your gene pools as well.

Interested in Finding Your Ancestry?
Below are introductions to the web Indexes to Lunenburgers, primarily those of the original website, but also of other sites. This Index provides links to some 40 web pages that provide details on those individuals who first settled in Lunenburg, and their ancestors. Links are also then provided to the other sites. 

The following lists are from Dr. Chris Young’s original website.  If a link does NOT currently open to an active website, it means that its original content owner has removed the original content or the website has been taken down. We will be gradually attempting to replace these links with current like-kind replacements. Please also note that any email me links to Chris Young are no longer valid.

Lunenburg Township First Families 1750-1784 MASTER INDEX 
This Master Index provides links to some 40+ individual web pages found in the Original Wizard's Cove website with key details on those individuals who first settled in Lunenburg and their ancestors. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PAGE IS VERY LONG!!

The following selected LISTS for the most part are duplicates find in the above MASTER INDEX: 

Were Any of Your Ancestors from Lunenburg County? 
 6,000 Lunenburg County Family Names 1750 to Present
Here is an Index to about 6,000 family names as recorded in about a dozen records over the past two and a half centuries. Individuals are not mentioned. You can find out...
   ...if a name has been recorded and in which document. Weblinks to
   ...what other spellings have been or are still being used. Some
      family names appear in more than two dozen variants!

Were Any of Your Ancestors Among Those Who Founded Lunenburg?
Lunenburg First Families
Here is an Index to about 700 family names who were present within the first 20 years of the founding of Lunenburg as noted in Civil (e.g. Victualing Lists, Land Registries, Military Lists) or Church (Birth, Marriage, or Death) records. This index covers only Lunenburg Township and not Chester or Dublin Townships. This index covers only Lunenburg Township and not Chester or Dublin Townships. The information (in the process of being uploaded) is in four sections:

  • Family name and variations in spellings.
  • Documents where the family name has been cited (e.g. Books,  Cemetery Inscriptions, Census Records, Church Records, Maps, Military Records, Monuments, Obituaries, Probated Wills.)
  • Origin in Europe, on what ship they came over, and what land they were given upon arrival. (more data to come)
  • Family Group Records for those who were born before arrival. (more data to come) 

Did Any of Your Ancestors Help Build Zion Lutheran Church in Lunenburg?
Lunenburg, Zion Lutheran Church and School: Members and Contributors 1770-1787
Here is an Index to over 200 individuals who contributed by their financial donations, labour, and/or membership between 1770 and 1787. This was new information added in August 2000.

Did They Leave You Anything in Their Will?
Consolidated Index to Lunenburg County Probated Wills 1770-1999
Here is an Index to the 15,600 wills that have been probated in Lunenburg County over the period 1770-1999. Names are recorded as printed (thus the Name Index, to convert seemingly unconnected names such as UELSHE to HILCHIE).  You can use the probate year given to estimate the year of death. For the actual wording of the will, you will have to view the probate records in Bridgewater or view by microfilm (details given).
   -Texts of Selected Wills (Dead Link) 
   -Where were they buried? (Dead Link)
If you know the name of the community and cemetery in which they are buried, the exact location of the cemetery can be located in nearly 200 small communities utilizing:
   Index of Lunenburg County Place Names*to find a place on the 
   Place Name Map of Lunenburg County using its grid designation.
   (Low View).
   *SPECIAL NOTE:  email me, SSGS, & NRC are Dead Links.

Were Any Communities, Land, or Water Features Named after your Ancestors? 
Index To Location of Places in Lunenburg County Based on Family Names
Here you can find a listing of over 500 communities, land features, and water features in which part of the name is derived from a Family Name. (The you can contact me link is Dead.)

Who were our initial ancestors and where did they live in Lunenburg County?

  1.  We should first look at the Passenger Lists of the ships that brought our ancestors to this land. People from southern Germany, southeastern France, and northern Switzerland gathered at Rotterdam, Holland. In the summers of 1750-1752, about  2400 left Europe to cross the stormy north Atlantic to Halifax.
    * About 10% failed to survive the voyages on the...
     Ann 1750Betty 1752Gale 1751, Gale 1752Murdoch 1751Pearl 1751Pearl 1752, Sally 1752Speedwell 1751Speedwell 1752.
    These folks congregated in Halifax until it was decided where to was chosen and plans were made for transport.  By the time they arrived in June of 1753, the name Lunenburg had been chosen.
  2. Next, we should look at the initial records of the some 1350 individuals who finally landed. They needed to be supplied with food and other necessities. Three such records are the Victualling Lists for Lunenburg in 1755 (Bryan Keddy's DEAD site) 1756 (taken from Ruth E. Kaulback's book Historic Saga of Lehève (LaHave) and 1757.
  3. Another record: Lunenburg Town Lots Grantees in 1754 & 1762. This lists who were given what plots of land (see picture above) downtown. There is also a  Map of the organization of the town into Divisions and Sections, and Maps of the 48 Sections showing who lived there in 1754 and then 1762. There was a considerable turnover of lot ownership. Finally, there are Bird's Eye View Maps prepared in 1879 and 1890 that show the location of buildings in the old town.
  4. So that the new settlers could start to provide for themselves, Garden Lots were provided at the eastern edge of the town. In this list, you will find assignments to about 500 of the nearly 600 lots available and a Garden Lots Map showing the layout. The initial registration was made about 1753 and an assessment of vacant plots (owners moved on) was recorded in 1762.
  5. To entice continental Foreign Protestants of Europe to settle in the new world, the British authorities promised them 50 acres of free land per member of the household. When push came to shove in Lunenburg, the initial result was a 30 acre plot out in the country.  These 30 Acre Lots were assigned per family by lottery in 1753/4. A follow-up registration made in 1760 showed that again there was
    considerable turn over of ownership. See Maps of the location of individual lots of  the occupants of 30 acre Lots by Division:
    1st Peninsula A     
    B    2nd Peninsula A    B    Center A    B   Clearland A & B     Common   Indian Point    Kingsburg
    LaHave River A   B   C   D   E    F    G    Mahone Bay A    B    C    Middle Range A      B  
    North West Range A   B    Oakland     Rosebay  South A   B   C   D    place them. Those that required provisions showed up on  victualling lists in 1752  (Source: Gale Facini Edwards) and 1753
    Eventually, the site of a former French encampment called Merligash.
  6. Once the conflict with the Indians had been resolved and more countryside land was surveyed further 300 Acre Lots were handed out. See Maps of the location of individual lots or of the occupants of 300 acre Lots by Division:  
    2nd Div.    3rd Div.     4th Div.    5th Div.  South Div. (dead link) 1st Div.    
  7. Ever Wonder if the Early Folks Held On to Their Land Grant Allotments? Well, they didn't. To prove it, here is an Index to the nearly 1200 land transfers that occurred between November 1759 and March 1775 in Lunenburg Township.The data was taken from Volume 1 of the Listing of Land Deeds for Lunenburg County. The index lists individuals who sold or bought land.
  8. With the passage of time and the naturalization of the new citizens, there came time to formally transfer ownership to the landholders. This was done in 1784. The Land Grants (dead link) list only who received a specified acreage corresponding to land holdings at that time. These holdings ranged from 5 to 2000 acres. The locations of these grants were not specified.
  9. All of the above Land Grant information has been pulled together in a Consolidated Land Grant Index covering 1754 to 1784. (Added in Aug 2000)
  10. Who Was Living in Lunenburg County in 1838? 
    This alphabetical index for the 1838 Census lists:
    -the names of heads of households (for 1872 families)
    -the total  number of individuals in the family (range 1-18; average 6.4)
    -the head of household's occupation (82% were farmers and there was 1 beggar)
    -where the family resided.
  11. The next available document surveyed was the Map prepared by the Ambrose Church Company. They made maps of all of the 18 counties of Nova Scotia, including Lunenburg beginning 1864. It is not absolutely certain when the Lunenburg map was prepared but the best estimate seems to be about 1880. Their mandate was to show the locations of towns and villages, basic topographic features, and the names of residents. The Lunenburg County Index of Heads of Households lists about 3900 individuals (First Initial, Last Name only). This index is organized by name and by community, with cross-references to location on the Lunenburg County Place Name Map.

Registry of Marriages 1864-1887
Full Marriage Index 1864-1908

Respected Source

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