Dear J., All the sites I checked say that Canadian Vital Statistics are kept by the provincial or territorial governments.Nova Scotia began keeping most of its vital records about 1864.The more recent records are in the vital statistics departments.The older records are in the archives department.Here is the page for genealogy research in the archives department of Nova Scotia.http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/access/vitalstats/genealogy.asphttp://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/access/vitalstats/genealogy.asp
I also looked through Family Search Labs' beta site and didn't find anyone in the right years.The same happened on Ancestry.com.I didn't try Rootsweb.
If you want to check for a baptismal certificate, the Archdiocese of Sydney serves Sydney, Cape Breton, and environs.Here is its home page.http://www.sydney.catholic.org.au/http://www.sydney.catholic.org.au/It took me some effort to sort out which were the Roman Catholic dioceses and which were the Anglo-Catholic and other Anglican dioceses.
Here is the page with the parishes that serve Sydney.Baptism records are ordinarily kept in parishes, but sometimes the older ones are transferred to the Archdiocese's archives.The policy is up to the Archbishop.St. Mary's Cathedral Parish is the oldest parish in Sydney, starting in 1821.http://www.sydney.catholic.org.au/parishes/churches_in_the_city_area.asphttp://www.sydney.catholic.org.au/parishes/churches_in_the_city_area.asp
You should write to the parish and request a copy of Elisa's baptism certificate.Say what your relationship is to Elisa.Usually only direct descendants can get copies.Give the date of her baptism, if you know it, or at least give the date of her birth.Church records are kept in registrys or ledgers by date, so the priest has to search the dates from her birth and for at least a month or two after, I think.
It's wise to include a search fee, because the priest has to go down into the records and look for the registry and then look for the date and name.It takes time, and the Catholic Church has a serious personnel shortage.Our archdiocese charges a $5 per record search fee.I have seen search fees as high as $20.Send what you think is fair and say you'll be happy to send more if the search fee is higher.Be sure to label it as a search fee, so they won't mistake it for a donation.The Catholic Church has a serious personel shortage, so the US bishops give priority to searches for couples needing to prove their eligibility to marry and to searches for immigrants needing to prove their residency status.The Church recognizes the value of supporting and strengthening a sense of family identity by providing genealogical data, but it isn't always able to doit.If the priest has no time to search for Elisa's baptismal certificate, he should return your search fee.Include a self-addressed stamped envelope so he can do it.Put on enough postage so it can carry the records, if he finds them.
In the US you address a priest as Dear Fr. Smith or Dear Rev. Smith.You address an archbishop as Dear Archbishop Smith.You use standard business form for your letter. Sincerely, Kate Hagel