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Name: Nancy Heath Jones <>
Date: 2015-06-06
I visited Harborville in 1999 with my two sisters. It was of special interest to us because my grandmother, Alice Jane Chute, daughter of Thomas Handley Chute, was born there in 1863. A lovely place, we had lunch at the little restaurant and wished we could have stayed longer. I have the book, A Genealogy and History of the Chute Family written by Wm. E. Chute that has amazing information in it, a real treasure to me.


Name: Lynne Hellmers <>
Date: 2013-11-23

I am looking for descendant of my g g grandfather, Samuel Chipman of Kentville. My g grandfather was his son, Samuel. My grandmother was Dora Chipman Davis. She lived in southern California until her death in 1951. I have been to beautiful Nova Scotia and intend to return for another visit.


Name: Ross Gordon <>
Date: 2010-12-06
Found your site very interesting. Spent most of the afternoon here and not through it yet. My search for Phineas Taylor (gg grandfather)has led me here. All I have is his name and that he married Sarah Joyce and lived in Port Greville, Cumberland County area. 1871 census has Sarah, married with children but no Phineas. His daughter Alvretta married Henry Smith of Parrsboro and had 14 children. Trips across the bay then were very common. Any idea`s. Bye for now from Great Village.

Name: Ann Corkum Gray Barnaby <>
Date: 2010-07-13
thankyou for the service I use it is very good and am locating both marital partners as I did locate some that they would have liked to know. The Barnaby is deceased and was searching the web site for his deceased wife for my pension approval.

Name: Raymon K Jackson <>
Date: 2009-05-27
Family name was Jackson, Wagner... Looking for info on both that lived near morden NS. Frank Jackson and Ruby Wagner.
three sons and one girl. Francis Otto Jackson and Kenneth Morris Jackson, Bernard Jackson, Marion Jackson.

Would like to hear learn of any information, on the history etc.




Name: Rosanna Dodge <>
Date: 2009-05-10
Thank you so much for this fantastic site. Much time and effort went into producing this for the benefit of all of us. This is an invaluable research in tracing my family history.

Name: Peter Lagasse <>
Date: 2007-12-19
Your site was the first place I have ever received any information about David Anderson and his father Alexander Anderson. They were my great grandfather and great great grandfather respectively. Now I hope I can find even morer information. Thank you for giving me a lead.


Name: Richard McAuley <>
Date: 2007-07-31
My grandfather was Eustace Meldon McAuley (1879-1939), son of William Grant McAuley (1830-1900) and Theresa Bolsor (1848-1904), afterwards wife of William S. Robinson who murdered her in 1904. Was curious about the Cook Family genealogy, particularly Captain Isaac Cook, whose wife was Mary Ann McAuley (1842-1890), daughter of Alexander McAuley (1796-1887) and uncle of William G. McAuley. Also, William's second eldest son, Charles Beckwith McAuley (1869-1936) served on Melborne Cook's schooner, Sunshine, in the 1890s.

Name: catherinesmith(*) <1531westernavenueseattle,wa-98101-1521>
Date: 2007-06-14

Name: Gordon Jones <>
Date: 2007-03-18
History is more interesting than many people believe,nice to see more about Berwick than one would expect,just by googling for a certain name.

Name: Donna Kemp <>
Date: 2007-02-04
Thank You, I am a senor. I research old time things.


Name: Linda Zapatka <>
Date: 2006-06-25
Great article, could I ask a question, my gggrandfather was William Henry Cook and he passed away June 23, 1917 and was buried in Phinny's Cove, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, he was blost to one hundred years old. I'm looking for some kind of article on him at the time of his death and or an obituary, I've checked the cemetery where he is supposed to be bueied and there is no stone. If you could lead me in the right direction I'd appreciate the info.
Linda Zapatka
47 Belanger Road
Caribou, ME 04736


Name: peter woolrich <>
Date: 2006-02-15
"how grandmother was lost" <br>the little boy who was lost and then found in this story, isaiah shaw, was my great great great grandfather .....important to me because i wouldn't have been born had he not been found <br>thank you for your contribution in maintaining this web site...........peter

Name: Phil Vogler <>
Date: 2006-01-20
Happy 2006 everyone, I hope to be adding a lot of data this year!!

Name: Eric Fisher <>
Date: 2005-12-01
Wonderful site. My son Sean was doing a grade 9 project on his family tree. Going through the family bible and old pictures he asked more about our relative Avon D Saxon, Nova Scotia's famous baritone singer. I could not find a news paper article writen during his time, how he sang before the King and Queen of Belgium.His project was due next day. Tried the net and here you were with an article I had not seen before.Thank you so much. We will enjoy your indepth site. My mother(84yrs) is a Benjamin from the Berwick area.I have pictures of Avon Saxon, his half brothers Fred and Wiley ( Fred also a baritone singer)

If your interested in any of this material, I would be happy to share it with you.

Eric Fisher
Ph: (902) 435-2255
wk: (902) 469-2255


Name: Ivan Boudreauq <>
Date: 2005-10-26
I'm looking for information on the poet, Alma Scott Macmellon.
I'm a songwriter and would like to get permission to use "The Old Tusket River" published in 1938 in the Register.
I've located a family member, but she doesn't have info on who might hold copyright, or how to reach others.
Also, do you have the year that she passed away, as this might be all that's needed.
Great site for someone like me, who was born in Nova Scotia, but raised elsewhere. Wonderful!
Ivan Boudreau


Name: Karen <>
Date: 2005-05-30
I would like to thank you for fabulous source of information your site has given me. I have just started researching my family, and have enjoyed reading the articles relating to Thomas Lawson and his family. They have provided a wonderful insight into my Great, Great Grandfather.




Name: Beverley Sherry <>
Date: 2005-01-09
I found your site from message on Nova Scotia Genealogy site.
I am always looking for any information on the Schofield family of Morse Rd., Bridgetown. My grandfather, Arthur Schofield, was born there in 1883. By 1909 he and brothers Aaron and Allen were living in British Columbia.
I've never found a record of marriage of his parents, John and Mary Anne (Leary) Scofield. After John Scofield died, widow "Annie" married "McDonald" and "Wilkins". Never found place of her death. Thank you for all your research.


Name: jackie <>
Date: 2004-12-16
great site i enjoy my trips to teh valley everyyear.. i am looking for marjorie webster or her relatives i have a name to add to their geneology list... thank you for your time

Name: Jeanne Sandford <>
Date: 2004-09-06
Always looking for information for my Chambers lineage.

Name: Sally ( Rafuse) Cote <>
Date: 2004-05-12
Your site is amazing!! My parents were both born and raised in Advocate,NS the history you have provided is just great, my family is in awe! Great job and thank you so very much to all!!

Name: P. B. Wagner <>
Date: 2004-03-09
I am impressed with this web site. Have found photos of Nova Scotia and information about each - I haven't been able to view every page or read every article. There are other article which I would like read but this will have to wait for now.

Name: Alcantara <>
Date: 2004-02-03
Nice website.Good articles.
I was going through some Canadian sites and found yours.

Brasilia - Brazil


Name: Keith Mahar <>
Date: 2004-01-29
Excellent site. As a native of the area and having spent summers at Harborville and Black Rocks I found so many interesting topics from Cape D'Or,Isle Haute,Capt. Bloomfield Morris,Harborville etc.Thanks very much

Name: Denise J Rice <>
Date: 2004-01-22

Found these a great source of info and recommend this site to anyone.Have passed the site on to others.
Keep up the good work.And maybe we'll see a few more years added. Would love to see 1937.


Name: Mary Chipman <>
Date: 2003-12-02
Thank you....a wonderful trip into the past! 8-)

Name: Mary Chipman Heuberger <>
Date: 2003-12-02
A terrific site that I have enjoyed so very much! Thank you, all! Mary 8-)

Name: Kristin Frnci***** <Jgr.frnci*****>
Date: 2003-11-20
very nice i love it but i still didn`t find who invented kerosence???????????
Help me lord pleassse!


Name: mollie lapinsky <>
Date: 2003-10-25
my interest is in parkers cove and granville and annapolis. I did find marriage entry for my great grandfather capt. john hall,his second marriage to abbigail in the bridgetown monitor. thanks, mollie

Name: Jason Ward <>
Date: 2003-10-07
Fantastic site, keep up the great work!!

Name: Ben MacDonald <>
Date: 2003-09-28
I am interested in knowing if any congregational records exist from the Grafton Convenanters Church from 1860 to 1877.

I would also like to know if the church is active and who to contact regarding birth, christening, death, and burial records at the church.

I have a family Bible from that period that records the date of death of Dr Wm Sommerville at Somerset. It belonged to my GGF, Alexander McDonald (MacDonald) who also wrote of himself as a "Reformed Presbyterian Minister" (Covenanter). Alexander named his 3rd son William Sommerville McDonald in 1775.

I have been told that Alexander MacDonald's 1st wife, Lavinia Harris, who died of TB at age 35 in 1876 is buried in the Grafton Convenanters Church Cemetery. Lavinia was the said to be the daughter of Elijah and Sarah Harris of Welsford

Alexander and Lavinia were listed in the Kings Co 1861 census as living in Harbourville along with 3 of their 5 children (Annie Sarah, Jerusha, and John Chalmers). 2 other children were born to Alex and Lavinia, Charles Harris and William Sommerville.

After Lavinia died, Alexander married Eunice Ann Steadman, a daughter of Benjamin Steadman and Eliza Harris.

If anyone has any interest in this family, I would like to hear from them

Ben MacDonald
Glendale Arizona


Name: Frances Taylor <>
Date: 2003-08-12
Currently I am doing research on the Black Rock, Canady Creek area. The information on this site, (the community news, and vital statistics) has been a great asset to me. I look forward to any new items which might be posted in the future.

Name: Ed Coleman <>
Date: 2003-08-07
Congrats! You've done a tremendous job on your website - one of the best historical sites on the web in my opinion.
Ed Coleman


Name: Carol Elliott <>
Date: 2003-07-18
This is very interesting site. I haven't had much to do with the valley area, especially Berwick. We lived in Hortonville one year, my mother, Donna Wheaton taught school in the Hortonville school. My sister married Stewart Kelly and lived there for over 35 years.Her husband died 4 years ago, also her nephew, Bruce Kelly and her son Alfred Kelly have all passed away in the last 4 years. She has moved back to the homestead in Port Greville on the Cochrane Road. Our father, Lawrence Wheaton, worked at the Port Greville shipyard which was run by Wagstaff and Hatfield at that time. There is nothing left on the beach now not even a road. The breakwater went out in a bad storm and took most of the cottages with it. It doesn't look anything like it did when we were growing up in Port Greville. Keep up the good work, enjoyed this site very much. It was sent to me by a friend that visits the shore in Cumberland County quite often. Thanks again

Name: Michelle Desrosiers <>
Date: 2003-07-04
Great site! I'm especially intrigued with the articles on the Mary Celeste, there are so many theories on what actaully occured. Are there a sites in which I might view these articles on microfilm? Or any sites where I could read first about first hand accounts on the incident? Please email me if you can answer my questions or provide any additional information. Keep up the great work and Thankyou!

Name: ann kremer <>
Date: 2003-07-03
Absolutely the most helpful of any single site I've used in the previous several years. All the Numerous bits of information found scattered over the years included made it possible to solve a number of puzzles - Craig, Tupper, McConnell, Patterson etc. Couln't have succeeded without this site.

Name: duncan rand <>
Date: 2003-06-10
thanks for the information!

Name: Joseph Garron <>
Date: 2003-06-05
I just found your site.Hopeless it will help me.
I am iooking for my grandfather his name Clemment Kennedy.
I don't know went he died.He was married to Effie Brewster
my grandmother she died May 21,1976.They were from Margaretville Annapolis Valley Nova Scotia.Hopeless someone
can me fine out someing about him.If anyone know anything about him please let me know by.
Thank You
Joseph A. Garron


Name: Laurie NICHOLS <>
Date: 2003-06-01


Name: Dorothy Rafuse <>
Date: 2003-05-26
Excellent site..........looking for my roots. Hazel/Barkhouse/Lockhart/Jess/Pineo/Costley, etc.

Name: Ward Cunningham <>
Date: 2003-05-19
Thank you for putting up such a wonderful site, full of useful information, in a format that downloads quickly and is easily understood.

Efforts of this sort make genealogy just that much more enjoyable.


Name: Barry Swindell <>
Date: 2003-05-11
Great site!

Have found valuable information about my Swindell family heritage. Thanks


Name: Dorothy Rafuse <>
Date: 2003-05-04
A great site, one which I feel will be useful to me searching my roots..............Lockhart/Costley/Pineo/Hazel/Barkhouse etc.

Thanks for all your hard wonderful work !!


Name: Gerry MacLeod <>
Date: 2003-03-23
I have just added your site to my favorites list. This site is awsome. Being a collector of old Nova Scotia Newspapers dating back to 1842, I really enjoyed this site. I also collect old photos.

Gerry MacLeod


Name: Wendy Hudson <>
Date: 2003-03-16
Great site! I found a number of new items. Thanks!

Name: Barb Henderson <>
Date: 2003-03-16
I had a great time going through the Vital Stats in the Berwick Register (1878 to 1930), looking for Burbidge, Phinney, Pudsey and Ruggles.

Thank you for making these records available.

Barb (nee WELLS) Henderson
Hamilton, Ontario
Maternal Descendants - Burbidge (Ruggles), Phinney (Pudsey)


Name: Judith Quinlan <>
Date: 2003-03-13
What a neat site!!!! Keep up the good work. Found this site while trying to find some NS newspapers!!

Name: Jessie M. Belcher <>
Date: 2003-03-12
Sorry, Stephanie - didn't mean to omit you from the recognition you so richly deserve too! Thank you sincerely!

Name: Jessie M. Belcher <>
Date: 2003-03-12
You cannot possibly know the extent to which you gentlemen have assisted those with N.S. roots to expand their family research. As a whole, I am sure we are all indebted to you in more ways than one and I am most grateful for the hours and hours spent in transcribing these records. You are deserving of the same numbers of hours of leisure time basking in sunshine or your choice of relaxation! Thank you so very much!

Name: James E. Welsh <>
Date: 2003-03-08
Great site. Keep up the great work.

Name: nancytingley <>
Date: 2003-03-05
Thank you .I found an article about Stannage Morash. .Hard work went into this.nancy

Name: John MacAskill <>
Date: 2003-02-06
Where do you live search engine
Great site. I lived in Berwick for most of my youth, my father, Alex, is still a resident. Keep up the excellent work!

Name: rose Mconnellmason[nee] CoRBIN <>
Date: 2003-01-27
Where do you live extremely helpfu
Thank you very much . I have found Information on Ransford Bucknam MY fathers 1/2 brother.And I am so HAPPY!!! and I believe THAT I also found 1/2 sisters . must keep on THANK YOU AGAIN ,sincerely Rose McConnell Mason [ nee ] CORBIN

Name: Lisa Russell <>
Date: 2003-01-26
Where do you live Through Rootsweb
How did you find out about our site
Wow - I really appreciate all the effort and hard work you've all gone to in creating such an invalueable website on the local history. I found birth/death/marriage information on my WHITE and BURGESS family relatives by looking through the different years of the Register. And the community columns were neat to read. :)

Thanks again,


Name: Phil Vogler <>
Date: 2003-01-11
Leave a mesage for others to read. Maybe a memory of how you remember Berwick and the surrounding areas!