The fonds consist of Gordon Myles' family and community research files. It includes an exhaustive collection of genealogical material as well as some completed family histories and a history of the community of Grand Bruit on the south coast of Newfoundland. The main families included in Myles study are the Billards, Kinslows, Myles/Miles, MacDonald /McDonalds and Melbournes. The research material consists of photocopies from parish records, cemetery inscriptions, census, land grants, newspapers, directories, yearbooks and published material. Myles' research notes are meticulously compiled and organized, and include questionnaires, pedigree charts, data sheets containing vital statistics and draft monographs.
All the material was collected or created between 1984 and 1996. In the case of photocopies and transcripts, the dates of the original material are included in the file level description.
The fonds has been organized into seven series and sub-series to clarify the original order. Order within the files has been maintained. Series are: 1. Correspondence. 2. Family history. 3. Community history, Grand Bruit. 4. Vital statistics. 5. Family records (genealogies). 6. Name files. 7. Research material.
Myles, Gordon (Sydney Gordon)