The marriage certificate was
I was not able to collect it at the time due to distance and I suggested that it be taken to a local museum or archive. I figured that I would never get to see this piece of my own family history as it was too fragile to ship anywhere.
Last summer, 2009, my husband and I decided to take a vacation to Ontario, Canada to do some of my family research and visit the museums and battlefields.
I decided to track down the people who had found the certificate. It took a little digging and a friendly neighbor of theirs, but I located them. I gave them a call to see if they still had the certificate.
They DID!!! AND they gave it to me. I was totally thrilled to have this piece in my hands.
Since it was held at a Friend's meeting, all the people present signed the certificate, including the newly wedded couple.
I have since had it cleaned and preserved in archival materials, with a copy hanging on my wall.
This is truly a family treasure and I am still amazed that I ended up with this piece...