Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Phase One of the NB Scottish web Protal Started

Stories like Capt. John Hamilton will be highlighted
The NB Scottish Web Portal Advisory Committee has held two meetings with our third coming up on April 21st.  We are on schedule with the project and have officially started phase one with the hiring of Melynda Jarratt and her business Maven New Media .  We have also started mapping the layout of the actual portal.   In April will we will begin the hard cord research that is going to be needed to bring the information and data to the portal.   We will be looking at the 1851 census and family histories and individual biographies.

It was the Scots who literally opened up New Brunswick
The committee is also looking at holding workshops around the province to provide training for those people who will be helping with the search.  This training will make sure that everyone recording the data is recording the information in a constant way and to establish some rules for everyone to follow to make sure we have a regular flow of material.

I would encourage everyone to review phase one to find what this phase will include and if you know of anyone that might have information that should be included on this phase please contact us.   

I would also like to encourage you to review the map that we have created listing Scottish settlements through out New Brunswick.  We might have missed a few and we want to make sure we don’t miss a settlement.  

We will be telling the story of people like Lauchlan Donaldson
Last but not least we are always asking for financial help to see this project through to its end.  If you make a monetary contribution to the project you can do so by visiting our donation section  

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The advisory committee came together for its second meeting.  The focus on Saturday was donations and grants.  As you know the project needs to collect $20,000.00 in seed money privately ( members and the general public) by March 31, 2012.   To date, we are happy to report as result our supporters we have raised almost $8000.00.  In just the last week alone we have received over $500.00 in donations. We would like to thank everyone for their kind contributions.  We also would like you to know there is no such thing as as to small of  a donation. 

 We have along way to go to meet our target by the end of this month.   To make a donation visit our donation section.

We have also started to tap into the media for help, in Friday's Daily Gleaner we had a story about the project. We also had an interview on CBC Radio and Television early Friday morning.  It is our hope that we can get the information into other newspapers around the province.
Back Row left: James Thompson-Caledonian of Restigouche , Barry MacKenzie-NBSCA,
Maxine Campell- Fredericton Society of Saint Andrew
 Allen Doiron- Provincial Archives, Melynda Jarratt-Project Manager,
 Front Row: Juliette Babineau Moore-Secretary
Dan Taylor- Chairman, Bill Donald-Miramichi Highland Society
Missing: Laurie Hossack- Saint Andrew's Society of Saint John and Chris Robbins-NBSCA
Included in today's update is this picture of the Advisory Committee.  As you will see the committee  consist of representatives from different areas of the province. We are continuing to search for a person from the Perth-Andover area.  To date we have not been successful in finding anyone from that area.  If you know anyone from that area that would be able to attend our meetings please let us know.

The Web Portal section of the NBSCA website has been up dated with a map of the different Scottish communities around New Brunswick.  These communities are the areas we will be focusing on for the Web Portal project.    We have also added the outline for the project in this same area.

If you are interested in helping out either financially or as a volunteer please contact the project directly. You will find our contact information on this blog.  We would also like to hear from you if you have a story of a family that should be included in this project.