While the old records at the Nipissing District Land Registry Office were being inventoried by members of Apolrod, three old registers were discovered which contain important information relating to early settlers. The Land Registrar gave permission for these books to be copied and the information is provided here for research purposes.
The first book contains an index of births, marriages and deaths in the Nipissing District; the second contains the original entries for 56 births; and the third contains the original entries for 27 marriages. The book containing the original entries for the 26 deaths has not been located as of November 1997. Most of the events in these records took place in the Mattawa area and contain many first nations people. Many of the marriages were of shanty men. Catholic priests, J.M. Nedelec, J.M. Poitras, and J.M. Gueguen and Protestant ministers, John McEwan, Robert Hamilton, C.V. Forster Bliss, Silas Huntington, and D.L. MacKechnie officiated the marriages.
The period covered by these records is:
– Births: February 1871 to March 1881
– Marriages: January 1871 to July 1883
– Deaths: February 1871 to December 1881