Preface to the Online Scrapbook
Local history has always been fascinating for me. Coming to Harvey in 1954 offered the challenge of archiving the history of a community which was settled in 1837 by people who had migrated from the same part of eastern Borders between England and Scotland.
Attempts to form a local history club never succeeded until 1989 when we unofficially formed the "Harvey Historical Association".
My focus was to find families who had made, and kept up-to-date, scrapbooks. We borrowed them, photocopies them and preserved them in a filing system. From these and other sources (personal visitation) I began writing articles of an historical nature for a local newspaper published by Fred Baxter. Later the Harvey Lion Newsletter asked me to write similar articles for them. The local public response to these articles was very positive and inspired publication of 12 more Harvey-area family genealogies.
This outcome pleases me greatly for I have always been a firm supporter of the following concept "what we shall some day become will grow inexorably out of what today we are, and what we are now, in its turn, comes out of what our early ancestors were; out of what they did and thought and dreamed and hoped for" (spoken at the Roanoke Island Historical Commission 1958 -- author unknown).
I hope that you enjoy these articles reprinted here as much as I enjoyed researching and writing them.
Rev. Dr. William "Bill" Randall,
Fredericton, New Brunswick,
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