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Nova Scotia is the second-smallest province in Canada, but the most populous province in the Maritimes. Its capital, Halifax, is the most important city in the region. At one time, Nova Scotia included both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Nova Scotia was one of the four original provinces of Canada in 1867.

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Census records

1851/2: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch
Automated Genealogy | | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1861: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1871: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch
Mortality schedules | | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1881: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1891: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1901: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch
Automated Genealogy | | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1911: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch
Automated Genealogy | | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1921: Library and Archives Canada | | MyHeritage

1931: Library and Archives Canada | Ancestry

Birth, marriage and death records

Births: Nova Scotia Archives 1830-1922 | Ancestry 1840-1915
FamilySearch 1702-1896 | FamilySearch 1864-1877
FamilySearch 1763-1957 | FamilySearch Delayed 1837-1904
Marriages: Nova Scotia Archives 1763-1947 | Ancestry 1763-1940
FamilySearch 1711-1909 | FamilySearch 1864-1918
FamilySearch 1907-1932 | FamilySearch 1763-1957
Deaths: Nova Scotia Archives 1864-1877; 1890-1972 | Ancestry 1864-1877; 1890-1965
FamilySearch 1864-1877 | FamilySearch 1763-1957

Nova Scotia Vital Statistics
The government department responsible for registration of vital events of birth, death, and marriage in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Archives
With several searchable databases, as well as information on using the archives, getting started in genealogical research, and finding aids. The vital statistics page is one of the best around, with easy access to digitized registration documents.

Nova Scotia Church Records, 1720-2001
From FamilySearch

Antigonish Catholic Diocese 1823-1905
From FamilySearch

Find a Grave Nova Scotia cemeteries
A great finding aid by Bruce Gordon makes searching for burials much easier.

Billion Graves
International cemetery site includes Nova Scotia.

Canadian Headstones
A national cemetery site.

Cape Breton Cemetery Transcriptions
Information on more than 60 cemeteries in Cape Breton.

Advocate Cemetery Transcriptions
A searchable database, with photos, of all gravestones in Advocate Cemetery in Advocate, Nova Scotia. Researched by Roy Scott Taylor.

Churches and Cemeteries of the Maritimes
Pictou, Colchester Antigonish County Cemeteries.

Lunenburg County Cemetery Listings
Listing of about 40 cemeteries in Lunenburg County.

Index to Lunenburg County Probated Wills 1770 - 1999
An index to 15,000 wills probated in the county. The original website is no longer; this is a link to the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.

Fortress of Louisbourg Parish Records 1713 - 1758
Parish priests maintained records of the births, marriages, and deaths at the Fortress of Louisbourg.

Saint James Anglican Church Cemetery
With the name, date of birth, date of death, colour of the headstone and other various comments for the Saint James Anglican Church Cemetery, Boutilier's Point, Halifax County.

Registers St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Sheet Harbour
Baptism and marriage records for St. Peter's Sheet Harbour RC Church from 1857 to 1906. Also, link to complete cemetery transcription of St. Peter's.

Other sites for genealogy

List of digitized newspapers
Includes newspapers from a variety of sources.

Ship Hector Descendants Project
The Ship Hector Descendant Project is designed to research the families of the passengers who arrived on the ship in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773, as well as their descendants, and to connect to present day descendants.

Nova Scotia Genealogy Network Association
Formed to provide access to and promote genealogical resources pertaining to Nova Scotia and support the efforts of the local and county historical societies in the province.

Cape Breton Genealogy and Historical Association
A membership site with 400,000 pages of information dealing with Cape Breton – 11 gigabytes of data.

Nova Scotia court decisions
Includes information on probate and divorce cases

Nova Scotia GenWeb Project
The Nova Scotia provincial page of the Canadian GenWeb Project.

Lunenburg County Surname Registry
A registry for anyone researching their Lunenburg County ancestors.

Planter Studies Home Page
Devoted to the 8,000 New England residents who migrated to Nova Scotia between 1759 and 1774. With the Planter Database, containing records from about 3,000 documents or collections of documents on the New England residents who migrated to Nova Scotia between 1759 and 1774.

Chignecto Isthmus and its First Settlers
An account of the settlement of the Nova Scotia - New Brunswick border area known as the Chignecto Isthmus, which separates the Bay of Fundy from the Cumberland Strait.

Roots Cape Breton Genealogy
From the Highland Village Museum in Iona.

List of Emigrant Ships to Pictou - 1767 to 1849
List of Emigrant Ships that arrived at Pictou, 1767-1849.

Hector Passenger Lists and Discussions
The Ship Hector arrived in Pictou Harbor in September of 1773 bringing the vangard of a great number of Scots, Highlander and Lowlander, to the Maritime provinces and to Upper Canada.

Ship's Passenger Lists for Pictou
Passenger lists for the the Commerce, the Hector, The Dove, the Sarah, the Lovely Nelly, the Oughton, the Spencer, the Humphreys, the Isle of Skye, the Elizabeth and Ann, and more.

Clips and Snips - Genealogical Information from the Acadian Recorder
Information of interest to genealogists including marriages, deaths, and ship news, extracted from the weekly newspaper published in Halifax in the 1800s.

Eastern Passage and Cow Bay
Information on Eastern Passage and Cow Bay area families, census, cemetery survey, 85th Battalion Nova Scotia Highlanders Nominal Roll, as well as a surname registry.

Sheet Harbour GenWeb
History, census, marriage registers, cemetery records and photos.

Colchester Historeum
Research your roots in our archives, which house historical and genealogical data for Colchester County and beyond.

Historical and Genealogical Record of Colchester County
Genealogical adaptation of the book Historical and Genealogical Record of the First Settlers of Colchester County.

From Montbeliard to a New World
Until 1793, Montbeliard was the independent homeland of about 420 French-speaking Protestants brought to Nova Scotia by a Dutch shipping agent.

Genealogical societies in Nova Scotia

Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia
The Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia was formed on June 19, 1982 and had its genesis in a standing genealogical committee of The Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society.

Cumberland County Genealogical Society
Sharing information and assisting in the identification and cataloguing of resource material so that it can be readily available to everyone for both research and education.

Hantsport and Area Historical Society
The Churchill House and the Marine Memorial room, meetings and membership, publications for sale, and the Hantsport Genealogical index.

Icelandic Memorial Society of Nova Scotia
Settlers, census, notable names and information from Markland and Lockeport Settlements.

Kings County Historical Society, Kentville
The largest and most comprehensive genealogical archives in Kings County and an extensive archives of material relating to the communities which form Kings County.

Shelburne County Archives and Genealogical Society
Aims and objectives, membership, meetings and workshops, newsletter, publications, and contact information. They also have a listing of research tools available.

South Shore Genealogical Society
A non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to developing and providing genealogical information for Lunenburg and Queens Counties. This page includes information about the society, summary of holdings, membership information, etc.

West Hants Historical Society
Information about the museum, genealogy room, publications and genealogy links.

Nation-wide sites worth checking

Library and Archives Canada (Free)
A huge amount of information, including census, immigration and military information. A key resource for all Canadian genealogists.

FamilySearch (Free)
From the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Includes an index to several censuses, civil registration extracts, a guide to the library catalog, submitted and extracted records, and more.

Canadiana (Free)
Quick access to about millions of documents held in Canadian libraries, museums and archives, compiled into one resource for convenient searching. This site has many resources not found elsewhwere. (Commercial)
Ancestry has an extensive collection drawn from census indexes, immigration sources, and other material from different provinces.

FindMyPast (Commercial)
A collection of sources that is still being developed. FindMyPast includes census indexes, birth indexes, and many scanned books, as well as newspapers.

MyHeritage (Commercial)
The Canadian arm of a site known for its strong European material. It includes the major resources found on other sites.

Automated Genealogy (Free)
Includes free indexes to the 1851/2, 1901, 1906 and 1911 censuses.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online (Free)
Notable people who died before 1930.

Ancestry Canada

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