Annapolis County, Nova Scotia

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This is a guide to historical and genealogical records available for Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, primarily those after 1759 when the County was established. For a general overview of Nova Scotia history and research resources, go to Nova Scotia and www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/


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History

1759 - Annapolis County was established in 1759, when Nova Scotia was divided into five counties. In 1836 and 1837, parts of Annapolis County were divided to create Yarmouth and Digby Counties.

Nova Scotia Archives & Records Management has a virtual exhibit on the early settlement of Port Royal (now Annapolis) and a searchable database of "the largest and most complete online presentation of primary-source documents relating to the Deportation of the Acadians from Nova Scotia.

Calnek, William Arthur, and Alfred William Savary. History of the County of Annapolis Including Old Port Royal and Acadia: With Memoirs of Its Representation in the Provincial Parliament, and Biographical and Genealogical Sketches of Its Early English Settlers and Their Families. Toronto: William Briggs, 1897. Online Copy at Google Books

Maps and Gazetteers

Populated Places Table

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POPULATED PLACE

FORMER NAME, if applicable TYPE

FHL  CATALOG

WIKIPEDIA

Annapolis          Link
Annapolis Royal         Link    Link
Annapolis Township        Link    Link
Bear River         Link   Link
Bridgetown        Link    Link
Clementsport        Link    Link
Granville Township        Link   Link
Lawrencetown         Link     Link
Maitland Bridge         Link    Link
Middleton         Link   Link
Moose River               Link
Northfield        Link    Link
Paradise           Link   Link
Port Royal          Link    Link
Wilmot        Link    Link 
Wilmot Township        Link   Link

Neighboring Counties

Kings County * Queens County * Digby County

Civil Registrations

According to Nova Scotia Archives Records Management:
"Civil registration of vital statistics began in Nova Scotia in 1763 with the introduction of procedures for obtaining a marriage licence; the procedure was optional and the surviving records are incomplete. Formalized registration of births, deaths and marriages began in 1864 and continued to 1877, at which time record-keeping lapsed for births and deaths, but continued for marriages. Compliance was not universal during this period and there are gaps in the surviving records. Since 1 October 1908, birth, death and marriage registrations have been collected and maintained continuously."

Birth Records

Marriage Records

Death Records

Census

In Canada, census returns are closed for 92 years after the time of enumeration. Census returns prior to 1851 are rarely complete for any area, and the census returns for Annapolis County in 1851 did not survive.

  • 1861 - For each county, the agricultural returns follow immediately after the personal returns for the whole county.
  • 1871 - The personal returns for each enumeration sub-district appear in schedule one. The agricultural returns are schedules three to five and are keyed to schedule one by page and line number rather than by name.

Online Searchable Databases, Books and Images

Year Name of Collection Where Available

1671

Acadian genealogy exchange - v. 5, no. 4 Oct 1976;

FamilySearch Books Online Acadian Families in 1671 begins on page 118
At various libraries (WorldCat)

1708 East Coast of Arcadia 1708 At various libraries (WorldCat)
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1714 Acadian families in 1714 At various libraries (WorldCat)
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1752 1752 census of Isle Royale (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia) At various libraries (WorldCat)
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1770 Nova Scotia 1770 census Nova Scotia Archives
Ancestry ($)
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1800-1842 Ontario and Nova Scotia Census, 1800-1842 Ancestry ($)
1811-1818 Nova Scotia Census Returns, 1811, 1817 and 1818 Nova Scotia Archives
1827 Nova Scotia Census Returns 1827 Nova Scotia Archives
Ancestry ($)
FamilySearch
WorldCat
1838 Nova Scotia Census Returns 1838 Nova Scotia Archives
1851 Canada Census, 1851 Archives of Canada
FamilySearch
Ancestry ($)
1861 Census of Canada, 1861 Archives of Canada
FamilySearch
Ancestry ($)
1871 Census of Canada, 1871 Archives of Canada
FamilySearch
Ancestry ($)
1871-1901 Jewish residents of the Maritime provinces in the 1871-1901 censuses of Canada FamilySearch
WorldCat
1881 Census of Canada, 1881 Archives of Canada
FamilySearch
Ancestry ($)
1891 Census of Canada, 1891 Archives of Canada
FamilySearch
Ancestry ($)
1901 Census of Canada, 1901 Archives of Canada
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Ancestry ($)
1911 Census of Canada, 1911 Archives of Canada
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Ancestry ($)
1921 Census of Canada, 1921 Ancestry ($)



Church Records

See also, Nova Scotia Church Records

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Annapolis County online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online


Tombstone Transcriptions in
Print
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more complete
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List of Cemeteries in the County

Court Records

Wills and Probate

City, Provincial, and Business Directories

Land Records

Online Records

Additional Reference

  • Gilroy, Marion. Loyalists and Land Settlement in Nova Scotia. Halifax: Public Archives of Nova Scotia, 1937.
  • Smith, Clifford Neal. Whereabouts of Some American Refugees, 1784–1800: the Nova Scotian Land Grants. 7 vols. McNeal, Arizona: Vestland Publications, 1992.
  • Land Registration Office - Annapolis County
    396 Main Street
    Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia
    (902) 584-7185

Military Records

Online Sources

  • Veteran Affairs Canada has a Virtual War Memorial with listings of graves and memorials, some with photographs and personal memorabilia. It also has excerpts from wartime letters and diaries.
  • 1910-1967 - The Royal Canadian Navy Virtual archive of non-governmental materials (postcards, letters, photographs, etc.)

Newspapers and Obituaries

  • List of Nova Scotia newspapers available on microfilm at Library and Archives Canada:
    Library and Archives Canada
  • Nova Scotia vital statistics from newspapers FamilySearch
  • 1752-1988 - Hicks, Brenda, Lynn Murphy, and Anjali Vohra. Nova Scotia Newspapers: A Directory and Union List, 1752-1988. Halifax, Nova Scotia: School of Library and Information Studies, Dalhousie University, 1990.
  • 1757-1957 - Tratt, Gertrude E. N. A Survey and Listing of Nova Scotia Newspapers, 1752-1957, with Particular Reference to the Period Before 1867. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Dalhousie University, 1979.
  • 1866-1931 - The Annapolis Valley Newspaper Extracts Project has published online transcriptions of vital statistics from selected newspapers covering 1866-1931.

Taxation Records

Repositories

Nova Scotia Archives & Records Management, formerly the Public Archives of Nova Scotia (PANS):
6016 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia
(902) 424-6060
www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/
The library holdings are only available for use on-site, but there are numerous databases and materials available through the Virtual Archives, including the searchable database of Historical Vital Statistics. If you're planning a visit to the library, you can search a portion of the catalogue online in advance (as of July 2010, 20,000 entries); the remaining 50,000 titles are listed in the Archives Reading Room Card Catalogue, available onsite. Search for 'Annapolis' in Acadia University's Planter Database for a more convenient way to view NSARM's record holdings.


Annapolis Heritage Society Geneaology Centre
O'Dell House Museum
136 St. George Street
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
(902) 532-7754
www.annapolisheritagesociety.com/genealogy
The Centre has significant collections of genealogies, local histories, cemetery and probate records, old scrapbooks, microfilms of vital statistics for Annapolis and Digby counties, church records and deeds and other pertinent information for researchers. Its primary emphasis is on Annapolis Royal and the old townships which were adjacent to Annapolis Royal: Granville, Annapolis, Wilmot and Clements. It also covers the early Acadian settlements prior to 1755.


Annapolis Valley Historical Society MacDonald Museum
21 School Street,
Middleton, Nova Scotia
Phone: (902) 825-6116
www.macdonaldmuseum.ca/
Holdings: family files; obituaries- various; photographic collection – local people and scenes; scrapbooks of local interest stories; church registers- various; cemetery inscriptions; Robert L. Hall Funeral home records, Bridgetown, NS (1907-1975); Township Books, Annapolis & Kings County; vital statistics, Annapolis, Kings, Digby & Lunenburg Counties; census records 1838-1901 Annapolis County; library of local history; land grants- various; Annapolis County probate records – abstracts 1763-1938; Annapolis County school records; local newspapers: Middleton Outlook/Mirror-Examiner 1901-present (indexed from 1901-1925), Bridgetown Monitor 1876-1902

Websites

References

  • Thorpe, Wendy L. Annapolis County. Nova Scotia Genealogical Sources"
  • Genealogy Source: Where to Find Genealogical Information in Nova Scotia. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Council of Nova Scotia Archives, 2002.
  • Elliot, Noel Montgomery, ed. The Atlantic Canadians, 1600–1900: An Alphabetized Directory of the People, Places, and Vital Dates. 3 vols. Toronto: Genealogical Research Library, 1994.
  • Marble, Allan E. A Catalogue of Published Genealogies of Nova Scotia Families. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Genealogical Association of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, 1984.
  • Morris, Julie. Tracing Your Ancestors in Nova Scotia. Halifax: Public Archives of Nova Scotia, 1987.
  • Morse, William I. Gravestones of Acadie: And Other Essays on Local History, Genealogy and Parish Records of Annapolis County, Nova Scotia. London: A. Smith & Co., 1929.
  • Peterson, Jean, Lynn Murphy, and Heather MacDonald. The Loyalist Guide: Nova Scotian Loyalists and Their Documents. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Public Archives of Nova Scotia, 1983.
  • Punch, Terrence M. Erin's Sons: Irish Arrivals in Atlantic Canada to 1863. 4 vols. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2008-2010.
  • Punch, Terrence M. Genealogical Research in Nova Scotia. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Petheric Press, 1978.
  • Punch, Terrence M. Genealogist's Handbook for Atlantic Canada Research. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1989.
  • Punch, Terrence M. In Which County?: Nova Scotia Surnames from Birth Registers, 1864 to 1877. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Genealogical Association of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, 1985.
  • Smith, Leonard H, and Norma H. Smith. Nova Scotia Immigrants to 1867. 2 vols. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Also digitized and searchable on Ancestry.com
  • County Guide Series, No. 5. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Public Archives of Nova Scotia, 1990.