Family Names of Calvert (Caplin Bay), Newfoundland

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Calvert, Newfoundland - circa 1935


This page provides access to a collection of family trees for Calvert (Caplin Bay), Newfoundland. The information was gathered from church and civil documents, on-line genealogy sites, family records, living recollections of residents and family/community lore passed down through the generations. In the absence of relevant records, the process of elimination may have been used to try to establish possible kinship where no other method was possible. The main effort has been to identify family structures present before Caplin Bay became Calvert, i.e. 1922. Towards that end, the Newfoundland 1921 Census - Caplin Bay has been used as the starting point to launch research backwards towards the earlier years of settlement. This settlement took place primarily from the late 1700s to the mid 1800s. The majority of our ancestors were from the south-eastern counties of Ireland, while some are known, or believed, to be from counties in the west of England.

The family tree database is powered by a web-based program and at the present time contains over 6200 individuals. The link to each family tree on this page has been arranged to access the founding male family ancestor known to have settled at Caplin Bay. However, once you have accessed the database, searches may be carried out to find other related individuals. The database has been optioned to protect the privacy of living individuals by hiding detailed information concerning these individuals. For this reason, it may appear that some details have been omitted for some living descendants named in the family trees. On the other side of the issue, if any details of living individuals are inadvertently shown, please contact me and I will immediately suppress that information.

Like most family trees, many are far from complete. The loss of parish records and the absence of vital statistics have made it very difficult to accurately reconstruct families earlier than the 1870s. However, looking on the bright side, Ferryland District has been blessed with quite a lot of secondary documents, some of which have survived from the late 1700s. It is hoped that the publication of these family trees may bring to light additional resource information that individuals are holding privately. Not all of the database information has been updated at this time, but records are being added, reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis. Some additional features of the database program have not yet been fully explored, but if deemed worthwhile, they will be expanded at some later date.

References to Newfoundland

Although we are now citizens of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, references to our homeland have changed quite a few times since it was discovered by John Cabot in 1497. Depending on the interpretation of various historical documents, down through the centuries we have been referred to as: 1497 - 1583 - New Founde Lande - (English territory of)
1583 - 1783 - Newfoundland - (English colony of)
1783 - 1825 - Newfoundland, (British North America)
1825 - 1907 - Newfoundland, (British colony of)
1907 - 1949 - Newfoundland, (Dominion of)
1949 - 2001 - Newfoundland, Canada (Province of)
2001 - ....... - Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada (Province of)

In order to eliminate the complexity of trying to record each event with the full name associated with the appropriate era, and to conform to restrictions imposed by the database software, the reference to our homeland that has been used (as consistently as possible) is just Newfoundland.

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