Nova Scotia, Halifax County Deed Indexes (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Nova Scotia, Halifax County, Deed Indexes, 1749-1958 .
This article describes a collection of records at
Halifax, Nova Scotia,  Canada
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Location of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Record Description
Record Type Land Deeds Index
Collection years 1749-1958
Languages English
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Related Websites
Land Registry Office, Halifax

Why Should I Look at these Records?

Land deeds are especially useful in finding family members. Some land deeds may even mention a relationship (such as 'mother' or 'brother-in-law') which can help you to locate missing family members. Additionally, land deed provide insight to where your ancestor lived, who his or her neighbors were, how much they paid for the land, or who they may have inherited the land from.

What is in this Collection?

This collection dates from 1749 -1958.

These records contain grantee and grantor indexes to deeds, wills and other court files.

The Public Archives of Nova Scotia has an alphabetical file of draft land grants and petitions for land. This file covers the years from 1763 onward. There are indexes for 1784–1877. Petitions often mention a petitioner's name, country of origin, date of arrival in Nova Scotia, and other information.

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Deed records usually contain the following information:

  • Name of the Grantee
  • Name of the Grantor
  • Year land was granted
  • Occupation
  • Book and page number where the deed is located
  • Location of purchase

How Do I Search the Collection?

View Images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page. Once you've reached the browse page, follow these instructions to get to the images: ⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Years, Alphabet 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.

What do I do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?

  • This collection is just an index to the actual records. You will want to read the actual land deed that the indexed entry refers to. Find out which microfilm you'll need to look at here. Then you can order a copy of the microfilm to be sent your nearest Family History Center or visit the Family History Library for to view the microfilm.
  • Analyze the information found in the land record. Don't forget to keep track of other names and dates mentioned in the land deed, especially if they are of any relation.
  • You can also learn how to plat the land your ancestor owned to get an idea of how big it was or its shape.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, Now What?

  • Don't forget to try variations on the spelling of the names, as they could have been spelled differently.

Citing This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Nova Scotia, Halifax County, Deed Indexes, 1749-1958." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing Registrar of Deeds. Land Registry Office, Halifax.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Nova Scotia, Halifax County, Deed Indexes, 1749-1958.

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