Much of the material relating to the history of the history of the congregations before 1933 was destroyed in a fire. Most of the surviving records date from 1949 and were found in 1990 in the balcony of the synagogue. Extensive records of correspondence, annual reports, minutes, financial records, and membership lists were among what was found. There is also a large section of information available on bat/bat mitzvah, marriage and burial records for the genealogist. The cemetery records are the most complete as a database of all burials in the Shaarei Zedek Cemetery was compiled between 1997 and 2011. Material on these lifecycle events generally comes from personal memorabilia and newspaper records. A section on Jewish traditions and holidays is appended to show how these have been observed in this community and elsewhere.
Records for the communities in Moncton and Fredericton are very limited and include information found in public records including newspapers.
Item is a photograph of the Read home on Bridge Street, Sackville, NB (currently (2009) Marshland’s Inn) before repairs were made between 1905 and 1908. An unidentified girl stands in front of the house holding a pair of snowshoes.
Item is a postcard sent to Mabel (Wry) Alward from her sister J. Pearl C. Wry. The message reads, “Have all my work finished. Have had a wonderful time. Mrs. Read is a pet. Will see you Sunday if all goes well. In haste for 4:30. P.W.”
Items are a number of receipts with dates falling between 1949 and 1950. Included are the following: two receipts for water bills; one receipt for an Everyready Battery from Perry Electric and Supply Co.; a car insurance receipt for the Chevy; a lawn swing bill delivered by the Canadian Buffalo Sled Co. Ltd.; a receipt from Alden Hicks for pressing 16 tons of hay; two receipts from Perry Electric and Supply Co. for repairs to the Philco radio; a property tax receipt for 53 Lansdowne Street; one coupon for a pen from Federal Pen in Trois-Riviere, Quebec; and a news clipping about Dr. George J. Trueman, former president of Mount Allison University.