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Garth Woodward (#48152708)
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Bio Photo On this website I am mainly working on Winnipeg's very large Brookside Cemetery, and a little bit on Saint Vital Cemetery. I am also doing a small mount of work on some cemeteries around Treherne, Holland, and MacGregor, in Manitoba, Canada; and also some cemeteries around Leeds and Inverness, in County Megantic, Quebec, Canada. I also have an interest in burials for people involved in the Riel Rebellion / 1885 Northwest Rebellion / North West Field Force (N.W.F.F.).

Feel free to copy my photos and information and use them however you wish, however if possible you could mention the source was Find A Grave and Garth Woodward. Thanks.

In Winnipeg's Brookside Cemetery I have photographed all the existing gravestones in Sections 1 to 8, N, O, Q, R, S, T, and U. However I have not finished adding all of them to this website. These are some of the oldest sections in the cemetery, and many of the plots do not have gravestones. In 2015 I will likely finish all the stones in Sections D and M. I have taken quite a few pictures of the older gravestones in Sections B, E, F, L, K, H, W, 80 and 81 but they are nowhere near complete. In future years I will try to just work in the above areas, and on gravestones before 1920, except for photo requests. Here is the Brookside Cemetery map

Also, the paper records in Brookside's office are not completely online. The cemetery's paper records for approximately 1881 to 1906 have not yet been computerized by cemetery staff. The cemetery was founded in 1878. There are a lot of burials without gravestones in the older parts of the cemetery. However the records in the cemetery office are reasonably good, but sometimes have spelling and other errors, and a very small number of the older burials do not seem to have been recorded.

Manitoba Vital Statistics began in 1882. They have a free searchable index for deaths over 70 years ago, marriages over 80 years ago, and births over 100 years ago. This index provides only a small amount of information, but it does give date and location of death, age, and sometimes the date of birth of the deceased or the mother's maiden name. To get the full information you have to order a copy of the registration from the government website for $12. The free index is at Manitoba Vital Statistics index

The official website for Winnipeg's Brookside Cemetery, which has a searchable index of their burials, but no photos. Approx. 1881 to 1906 is not on the website yet:
Brookside Cemetery website index

Winnipeg Free Press obituaries from about 1999 to the present. Free of charge

Winnipeg Free Press Archives website. The entire newspaper from 1874 to the present is searchable. Membership required.

The first 25 years of the Treherne Times newspaper, 1899 to 1924, are available free online. This newspaper also serves the Rossendale and Lavenham areas, Manitoba.

For Winnipeg's very large Brookside Cemetery I sometimes give a little extra attention to the most common surnames. The most common surnames in Manitoba on the 1911 census were: Smith, Johnson, Brown, Anderson, Wilson, and then Campbell, Thompson, Johnston, Scott, Taylor, Stewart, Jones, Thomas, Clark, Young, Martin, McDonald, Williams, Ross, Jackson, Robinson, Bell, Robertson, Miller, White, Moore, Wright, Graham, Walker, Cook, McDonald, Hamilton, Watson, Hall, Mitchell, Wood, Davis, Davidson, Lee, and Green.
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RE: Carrie Michelle Culleton, age 2.5
I just saw you contacted Dan, and that she has a stone. Thanks for doing that.

Added by Christina on Dec 04, 2014 10:02 AM
RE: Carrie Michelle Culleton, age 2.5
Thanks... I thought about contacting Bocephus as well.

Her brother understands it may wait til spring. Hopefully there is something there.

Added by Christina on Dec 04, 2014 10:00 AM
Dan Culleton
RE: Culleton, age 2.5 years
Thanks Garth. I do know she has a grave stone as my mother told me they first made an adult size one by mistake, and they had to have a new one made to be child size. But yes, weather may still be an issue due to snow. I am willing to wait however until snow is no longer an issue. So any assistance when they weather is better would be greatly appreciated.


Added by Dan Culleton on Dec 04, 2014 12:03 AM
Special Request
If you look at the messages on my page, someone left a request for a photo of their sister's memorial. She died before they were born, and I was touched by the note they left.

I left them a response reminding them it was winter and that it may be a while. I just wanted to bring it to your attention in the event you are able to make it to Brookside.

Here is her info, and there is also a photo request for her (from her brother).

Name: Carrie Michelle Culleton
Burial: Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Plot: 44B-0264-0
Find A Grave Memorial# 111475975

Thanks much!

Added by Christina on Dec 02, 2014 9:57 PM
Sylvia Whaley
Charles Christopher Popham #111626320
Hi Garth,

I am not related. But thanks for asking.

Added by Sylvia Whaley on Nov 02, 2014 11:49 AM
Bill Lavery
Reginald Tugwell
Thanks for the message. I have corrected the entry for my great uncle Reg Tugwell. I am now contacting his grandchildren to see if anyone knows what happened to his cremated remains.

Bill Lavery
Added by Bill Lavery on Oct 08, 2014 4:48 PM
Olafsons in Brookside
Hi Garth, Thanks for the photo. Last year I requested that Bodvar and Ragnhildur's gravestone be straightened, and we visited it last month and it looked much better. Thanks for posting a photo. They were my grandparents.
Added by SRS on Oct 07, 2014 10:30 PM
A D Watson
RE: Doug Robertson
Hi, Garth

I had a list of 4 reasons why I accepted this birthdate. You found the censuses.

The others:
1) his parents married in March 1903.

2) his brother (b. 1906) was older.

3) somewhere I have his funeral card which gave his age, which matches this info.

Thanks for putting these memorials for the Robertson family in Find a Grave. His brother's grave is supposedly in Bethel Cemetery, too. Do you know anything about it? James "Gordon" Robertson (1906-1984), and his wife, Gertrude. Please let me know.

Added by A D Watson on Oct 07, 2014 1:35 PM
Julia Cruz
John Walter Yates
Thank you so much for adding the obituaries. That is great! Your efforts are greatly appeciated.
Added by Julia Cruz on Oct 07, 2014 1:11 PM
Frederick H Viggars photo
Hello Garth,

Thank you very much for your wonderful photo of Frederick H Viggars. I am sorry it took so long for me to thank you for this photo, but the notification from findagrave was lost in my inbox until now.

Thank you again.

Added by Susan on Oct 05, 2014 11:11 AM
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