This week, I have made pretty good progress with the research on my family heritage. Seeking those timid records that love to hide in the dusty shelves and hard bound tomes of ancient times. Okay, so that's overstating it just a little bit. These days it seems its as easy as typing, to find the right bread crumb that leads to an old record. A little typing and a whole lot of patients that is.
I managed to find the marriage record of my my great grandparents. That’s them over to the left, some time after the marriage obviously. I found it on line, and was able to view the actual book in a neat little picture window. I could zoom in to where I had no trouble reading what was written there. The hand writing of whoever kept those records is absolutely gorgeous.
They were married on Dec, 17, 1895, in a Baptist ceremony by Rev. H.B. Smith witnessed by one John Robertson and one Nellie Terris (Terris is Great Great Grandmother Fentons maiden name, Although Nellie must be an aunt). The happy event took place in the village of Springhill, Pugwash Parish, Albert County, Nova Scotia. Their parents were listed as Thomas and Mary Pitt, along with John and Gracie Fenton. The record even listed the occupation of the fathers. It seems that my Great Great Grandfather Pitt was a Mariner, and Great Great Grandfather Fenton, a Miner. In the picture, my Grandmother is center front.
I also found many other records. Nova Scotia has the best records search utility. It checks birth, marriage, and death records, then shows the results in an easy to follow format. If you find the one your looking for, you just click the “view” button, and you get to see the book. I also found birth records of three great great great uncles and one aunt, all for free. If you want or order a digital copy, it costs $10.00, or you can get a certified paper copy for $22.00. You can view samples of the records here.
Here is a picture of the six Pitt girls Circa 1945, my Grandmother is center right, in the light coat and white hair.
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