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Garth Woodward (#48152708)
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Bio Photo On this website I am mainly working on the older graves in Winnipeg's very large Brookside Cemetery, and a bit in Elmwood and Saint Vital Cemeteries. I am also doing a small amount 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 to use them on your own genealogy, and to add to websites where you have posted your own genealogy. If possible you could mention the source was Find A Grave and Garth Woodward. Thanks.

Winnipeg's Brookside Cemetery: The records in the cemetery'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
and here is the Brookside Cemetery map

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.

In Winnipeg's very large Brookside Cemetery there are about 110,000 burials, spread over about 120 different "Sections". I am mainly just going to work on burials for the 1880s to the 1910s and some 1920s. In Sections 1 to 8, N, O, Q, R, S, T, and U, I have photographed all the existing gravestones however I have not finished adding all of them to Find A Grave. These are some of the oldest sections in the cemetery, and many of those 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, 81, and the oldest rows in Sec 21 and 22 (which are roughly pre-1920) but my photography in these places is nowhere near complete. In future years I will try to just work in the above areas, and on gravestones from the 1880s to the 1910s and some 1920s, except for photo requests and misc. others. I do not plan to work much at all on Sections A, C, and P either, because they are a little bit too new. I describe all this in case other people want to attempt taking photos of lots of stones in some of the other Sections, and to reduce any duplication of work. Some duplication of work is probably inevitable though. There is another website also with Brookside cemetery, it is the Canada GenWeb project, but it has far fewer photos than on Find A Grave. Here is the Brookside Cemetery map

For Winnipeg's 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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Rossendale in order by death year

Brookside in order by death year for letter A

Brookside burials for 1906

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Stephen Farnell
There is a military grave of a private Rands in Rawmarsh cemetery Rotherham if you are interested

Added by Stephen Farnell on May 03, 2017 10:09 AM
Oh look, a chicken!
RE: your strange username
Many years ago, when I was just a little girl, I used to love going to my Grandma's and staying the night. This was always very special, since there were a number of us grandkids, and my grandparents only summered up here at that time. When I stayed with them I was always hoping that we'd go to the cemetery, because it was a place I always enjoyed.

Once when we went the cemetery I was helping her plant flowers, they were so bright and gaily clolored, yet she was unusually sad. She pointed out the grave we were at was her sister's, who was but a few years older than I when she died. It struck me that even all these years later she was missing Cleo, and hiw if I lost my sister I'd be so sad too. When she looked up she suddenly smiled and kinda laughed, pointing to the edge of the cemetery, saying "Oh look, a chicken!" and sure enough there was one, happily scratching away under the trees.

That always stayed with me. Such a small seeming thing, which to me isn't so strange or rude, but a memory of how old sorrow can sometimes be eclipsed with life's randomness, even if it's as simple as a foolish hen pecking among the graves.

I often wonder at people's user names. There are plenty that are straight forward, their real one or a nickname they have. Some are impersonal, just a society or cemetery name, or perhaps a number. Many more are plays on what they clearly enjoy, hunting graves, cemeteries, histories.

Then there are those I wonder about, those that might be seen as rude, or that some may take offense to, but which others think are a light hearted and enjoyed. I always wonder if they have a story behind them. I don't presume or take offense, it's only the internet after all; maybe those names carry an importance to the person.

My username is different, but to me it is inextricibly linked to cemeteries, my joy of them, and my Grandmother whom I still so love. I hope you can understand it's not a rude comment to anybody, it's a glimpse of a cherished memory.
Added by Oh look, a chicken! on Nov 13, 2016 12:56 PM
Margaret English
RE: Jamesina Bolton
Garth, I'm not sure I ever thanked you for finding the obituaries and putting them on their memorial sites for both Jamesina Bolton and Ethel McIvor and looking for other relations. They were sisters and had 11 other McLaren siblings. Thanks again, Margaret in Silverton, Oregon USA
Added by Margaret English on Nov 10, 2016 1:55 PM
Don Knibbs
Clara & Eliza Wykes
Hi Garth. I found their dad! Not sure about their mum yet. All thanks to their 93 year old niece in Australia who remembers where and when the parents died.
Added by Don Knibbs on Oct 14, 2016 10:12 AM
Janet MacDonald
Lena Downey Newton
Thank you for processing the edits for her. Sorry I forgot to request her connection to her parents the first time. Thank you for setting up the memorial for her and her husband.
Added by Janet MacDonald on Oct 12, 2016 5:57 AM
Don Knibbs
RE: Eliza and Clara Wykes
I'm not quite sure why I wrote that - I just wasn't thinking. At least it's readable thanks to you, and that's the important fact, so thanks for that.
I've searched high and low to try to find where her parents are buried, but nothing. I'll keep trying as it would be nice to have someone to anchor those two young girls to.
One day maybe!
Added by Don Knibbs on Oct 10, 2016 12:03 PM
Don Knibbs
RE: Eliza and Clara Wykes
Hi Garth....thanks for the message and also, many thanks for standing the stone up. I was hoping to find graves for their parents but they aren't on findagrave and whilst I know the approximate locations and dates for when they died, I don't know where they're buried.
I'm not directly related to them, but know a lady in Australia who is. She's the daughter of their brother who was born in Winnipeg, survived the illness his sisters dies from, and returned with his parents to live in England. The lady in Australia is now aged 93.
The headstone was a great to see. Whilst we knew there was a daughter Eliza, we'd not come across Clara before.
I'll pass on the details of your good deed, re-erecting the stone to their niece and I'm sure she too will appreciate what you've done.
This part of the family is on my website at The three names in the grey box are the three children we knew about (we had Elizabeth rather than Eliza as on the headstone). Clara will be added at the next update.
Thamks again for what you've done.
Added by Don Knibbs on Oct 09, 2016 12:34 PM
George Fulljames Info
Thank you for providing the name of the cemetery where George Fulljames was most likely buried. I have transferred him to Brookside. It would be great if all cemeteries had on their Find A Grave home page a description of the date the cemetery was established and details as you provided to me. Your help is much appreciated. v/r Cara
Added by cara on Sep 19, 2016 9:55 PM
Jim Hicks
RE: Marguerite Fryer in Elmwood Cemetery
Hi Garth, nice to hear from you. I'm not surprised if there is an error like you suggested, I've run in to so many there, many that have been caught and corrected. In fact, 2 out of every 5 or so need attention. I often check, but miss some. I cannot remember the details of this one, but do remember that Marguerite maiden name was Murray. I'll look closer when back in town and adjust accordingly. Thx for the keen eye! Cheers, Jim
Added by Jim Hicks on Sep 17, 2016 8:51 AM
SJ Hearn
Re: F/O J. W. SCHMIDT (# 116113483 )
Good morning, Garth-
Many thanks to you for so generously allowing me to add so much information to your memorial page for Flying Officer John William Schmidt. I hope it meets with your approval.
Take care and, again, thank you!
Added by SJ Hearn on Aug 30, 2016 6:43 AM
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