Linda Brown-Kubisch became interested in the Queen''s Bush
settlement while employed at the Kitchener Public Library in
Kitchener, Ontario. The staff of the library''s Grace Schmidt Room
of Local History frequently received queries about this
community''s inhabitants. Realizing that virtually nothing was
known about the settlement, she began to search for information
from a wide variety of sources - a process that would take several
years to complete.
Following her employment in Kitchener from 1987 to 1992, she
moved to the United States, where she received a master''s degree
in history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and then
worked for a number of years as a reference specialist for the
State Historical Society of Missouri. Linda wrote numerous
historical and genealogical articles for both Canadian and American
journals and published an entry in Organizing Black America: An
Encyclopedia of African American Associations (New York: Garland
Most recently, Linda lived with her family in Covington,
Louisiana, a small town north of New Orleans, and was employed as
the genealogy specialist for the St. Tammany Parish Public Library.
Linda Brown-Kubisch died at her home on December 20, 2003, after a
courageous battle with cancer.