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Access the records: Nova Scotia, Church Records, 1720-2001 .
These records cover 1720-2001, and dates vary for each parish.
These records include parish registers of baptisms, marriages, deaths, a few census and other records for some Catholic and Church of England in Canada parishes from Nova Scotia. Some parish registers are written in French or Latin.
Nova Scotia church records are generally found in the individual parishes or congregations or in church-diocesan archive centers.
The individual parishes are found in the Nova Scotia Church Records article.
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
- "Nova Scotia, Church Records, 1720-2001" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.
Baptismal records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of baptism
- Full name of child
- Birth date
- Some church records record legitimacy of child
- Parents' names and their residence
- Father's occupation
Confirmation records usually contain the following information:
- Name of child
- Date of baptism
- Date of birth
- Names of parents
- Place of birth of parents
- Names of witnesses
Marriage records usually contain the following information:
- Names of the bride and groom
- Their places of residence
- Date and place of marriage
- Names of witnesses
- Name of officiator at ceremony
Burial records usually contain the following information:
- Name of deceased and their residence
- Age of the deceased
- Date of burial
- Name of person performing burial ceremony
- Sometimes, parents' names if deceased is a child
- Sometimes, a spouse's name if deceased was married
How to Use the Record
To begin your search for baptisms, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Name of parents
- Approximate year of birth
To begin your search for marriages, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Names of bride or groom
- Approximate year of marriage
To begin your search for burials, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Name of deceased
- Approximate year of burial
Search the Collection
To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒Select the appropriate "County"
⇒Select the appropriate "City or Town"
⇒Select the appropriate "Denomination and Parish"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type and Year Range" which will take you to the images.
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
Tips to Keep in Mind
Use parish registers to identify individuals, parents, spouses, event dates, places of residence, and possible relatives who may have served as witnesses.
General Information About These Records
Because civil registration of births and deaths was sporadic in Nova Scotia until 1908, church records are a very important source for birth or baptism, marriage, and death or burial information.
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