The Nova Scotia Archives

If you’re a Canadian genealogist, chances are pretty good that at some point in your research you will find yourself looking for records kept in Nova Scotia. Since the 1600s, settlers and explorers have traveled through the eastern gateway into Canada; some have stayed and established roots, and others were only here long enough to sign their names to a card at Pier 21. Either way, there is a lot of genealogical documentation to be found in Nova Scotia, and thankfully the province has done what they could to make that information accessible to everyone.

The Nova Scotia Genealogy Guide is a great research for anyone who is just starting out with their research, or who may be new to searching for records specifically within Nova Scotia. There are also over two centuries of birth, marriage, and death records digitized and available through the Nova Scotia Genealogy website.

If your focus is less about documentation and more about culture, the Nova Scotia Virtual Archives has a plethora of databases and collections on dozens of different topics. Lists of the deceased from the Halifax Explosion and the Titanic disaster, old recipes from traditional Nova Scotian kitchens, newspapers on microfilm, census records from the 1700s, historical maps, Acadian cemetery records — if it happened in Nova Scotia, chances are pretty good there’s a reference for it in the archive. For anyone who is learning about their heritage and finds themselves needing to know more about the land known as New Scotland, this website is a treasure trove of information. It’s definitely at the top of my bookmark list.

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