Almost three centuries of records from one of Nova Scotia's oldest churches can now be researched, thanks to a massive multi-year effort by dedicated volunteers and the summer-long attention of a professional archivist.
"We’re thrilled out of our minds, but the whole process takes an awfully long time," said Fiona Day, a member of the archives committee of St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Halifax’s Grand Parade.
The committee began 10 years ago to catalogue the church’s records, which were disorganized and improperly stored after their removal from the parish hall just before that Argyle Street building was demolished in the 1970s.
The group of parishioners soon discovered the historic significance of the dusty old documents and fragile register books, which date back to a baptism and a burial on June 1, 1749, when Edward Cornwallis arrived in Halifax aboard the ship Sphinx.
You can read more about this new offering in an article written by Monica Graham in the (Halifax) Chronicle Herald at http://thechronicleherald.ca/Religion/994047.html.