Dear Yvonne, I couldn't find Carol Test Companies.Now there are other testing companies within a mile or two of their address.A company with test in its name usually does engineering testing on products.It can do electrical testing, strength of materials testing, performance testing, etc.There are other kinds of test companies that do psychological or educational tests, too.
Your grandparents' address is very very close to a waterway and to the 16th St. Bridge in the heart of Pittsburgh.It's on the northwest end of the bridge.I used MapQuest to find it and checked the driving directions to the churches.It's over 4 miles to St. Paul's Cathedral.It's 1.5 miles to Epiphany Catholic Church which served as the proCathedral when they relocated and built the present cathedral from the heart of the city to Oakland.Epiphany has some beautiful art and marble in its building.Your family's home is only 0.98 miles from St. Patrick-St. Stanislaus Catholic Church.St. Patrick was the first Catholic church in Pittsburgh, and it's a beautiful church. Here is the website for Epiphany with photos.http://www.epiphanychurch.net/history.asphttp://www.epiphanychurch.net/history.asp
Here is the website for St. Patrick-St. Stanislaus Kostka.They are the official church for The Strip, which looks on the map like an industrial area along the canal or river.Your grandparents' home is directly across the canal or river from the Strip District.http://www.saintsinthestrip.org/5_0_0.htmlhttp://www.saintsinthestrip.org/5_0_0.html
Your grandparents' home is on the north side of the canal or river.They would cross the 16th street bridge into the heart of the city, go a short distance, and turn left to get to the church.
Just because a person's home is close to a church does not mean it is his or her parish church for weddings and baptisms, etc.I live 8 blocks from a church, but my parish church is too far to walk to.When I was a child, we lived close enough to a church for little children to bike there, but our parish was in the center of downtown, more than a half hour away.
The original St. Paul Cathedral was only a block or so from Epiphany.St. Paul's was in debt, and its land had become very valuable, so it was sold and torn down about 1902.The new St. Paul's in Oakland was opened in 1906. That means your family's ancestors could have lived in St. Paul's Cathedral Parish when it was in Uptown.
I have a list of the original parishes and their territories.I'm positive some of them have changed over the years.It won't keep its formatting, so I can't post it here.St. Patrick was downtown, to Strip District.St. Paul was downtown, to Oakland.
I would make my first guess for St. Patrick for 1932.Actually, I would phone the Diocese and ask the secretary which parish that address was located in.You could also ask if sacramental records from the 1930s and 1950s are kept in the parishes or the archives.Then you would know where to write.
If you check the public libraries, you can probably find the obituaries for the people who died.Libraries in my area will look them up for free and send a copy to you if you live in their service area.I paid $15 for an obituary from an out of state library. Sincerely, Kate Hagel