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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Nova Scotia,  Canada
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Location of Nova Scotia, Canada
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Record Description
Record Type Church Records
Collection years 1720-2001
Languages English, Latin, French Word List|French
Title in the Language
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
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Antigonish Catholic Diocese


What is in this Collection?

These church records cover 1720-2001, and dates vary for each parish. These records include parish registers of baptisms, marriages, deaths, a few censuses, and other records for some Church of England in Canada and Catholic 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.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Nova Scotia Church Records, 1720-2001.

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

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

Cornwallis

First Microfilm Reel

When searching for records from Cornwallis, in the first microfilm reel, you will select the following series of links:
⇒Kings
⇒Cornwallis Square
⇒Church of England in Canada St John
⇒Baptisms, Marriages, Burials 1718-1911.

When you have reached the images, the following information (ordered by image number) will help you locate the records you need.

First Group

The first group of records seem to be drawn from what is often called the Cornwallis Town Book. These records are not the original contemporaneous manuscript records. They are typescript extracts of, presumably, the original records, presented generally in alphabetical order of the first letter of the surname, with some errors in grouping. For example, a handful of E entries might be found among the F entries. See also the third group for additional civil records.

  • Birth records, Cornwallis, alphabetical by first letter of suname, E (probably incomplete) through W, 1718-1825 (estimated), Image 2 to Image 51.
  • Title Page: RECORD OF BIRTHS for the TOWNSHIP OF CORNWALLIS - CORNWALLIS TOWNSHIP, Births, 1720-1825, pp. 1-50. Also includes some marriages and deaths. [A microfilm copy is mentioned.] Image 52.
  • Birth records, Cornwallis, alphabetical by first letter of suname, B through W, Image 53 through Image 103. This group of records seems to be a complete extraction from scratch that includes the first group.
  • Title Page: RECORD OF MARRIAGES for the TOWNSHIP OF CORNWALLIS - CORNWALLIS TOWNSHIP, Marriages, 1740-1825, pp. 1-32. [A microfilm copy is mentioned.] Image 104.
  • Marriage records, Cornwallis, alphabetical by first letter of suname, B through W, Image 105 through Image 139.
  • Title Page: RECORD OF MARRIAGES for the TOWNSHIP OF CORNWALLIS - CORNWALLIS TOWNSHIP, Marriages, 1740-1867, pp. 1-54. [A microfilm copy is mentioned. This is said to be a copy of the Cornwallis Township Book, Vol. 1, with additional marriages from 1825 to 1867.] Image 140.
  • Marriage records, Cornwallis, alphabetical by first letter of suname, A through W, Image 141 through Image 194. A considerable number of out-of-order entries are recorded in images 192 through 194.

Second Group

These records are not the original contemporaneous manuscript records. They are typescript extracts of, presumably, the original records, generally presented in date order.

  • Title page: RECORD OF MARRIAGES AT CORNWALLIS (St. John's [ms]), HORTON, ETC., by the REV. JOHN WISWALL, RECTOR: CONTINUED BY WM. TWINING, RECTOR from 1789 - CONTINUED BY ROBERT NORRIS, RECTOR from 1806. 1783-1829. CORNWALLIS  & HORTON, St. John's (Anglican) Church, Marriages, 1783-1829, pp. 1-17. Image 195.
  • Marriage records, Cornwallis, Horton, etc., by date, 1783 through 1829, Image 196 through Image 214.
  • REGISTER OF MARRIAGES IN THE PARISH OF ST. JOHN, CORNWALLIS IN THE COUNTY OF KINGS, Parish of ST. JOHN, MARRIAGES, 1839-1911, pp. 1-100. Images 215 through 316.
  • Title Page: BAPTISMS AND MARRIAGES OF THE METHODIST CHURCH - 1814-1827. CORNWALLIS METHODIST CHURCH. Baptisms, 1814-1827, pp. 1-13, with notes on the records by the ministers. Images 317 and 318.
  • Baptisms 1815-1827. Images 319 through 331.
  • Methodist Church Marriages, 1815-1827, pp. 1-5. Images 332 through 336.
  • Title page: RECORDS OF THE BAPTIST CHURCH OF CORNWALLIS. 1804-1822. Baptist Church Records, 1804-1822, pp. 1-8. Image 337.
  • Marriages, 1804 -1822. Images 338 through 345.

Third Group

These records are not the original contemporaneous manuscript records. They are typescript extracts of, presumably, the original records, generally presented in date order.

  • Title page: A BOOK OF RECORDS IN WHICH IS RECORDED THE TRANSACTIONS OF PROCEEDINGS OF THE INHABITANTS OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CORNWALLIS. CORNWALLIS TOWNSHIP. Town meetings, 1795-1862, pp. 1-42. Image 346. There appear to be gaps of many years in the record.
  • Town Meetings, 1795-1862. Images 347 through 387.
  • List of Heads & Families, 1771-1822. This is a census, in effect, intended to fill gaps in the vital records of the province. Images 388 through 390.
  • TOWN MEETINGS OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CORNWALLIS. 1771-1792. CORNWALLIS TOWNSHIP, Town Meetings, 1771-92, pp. 1-3. Images 391-394.
  • A folder of 47 loose docs. of births, marriages and deaths, 1718-1852, arranged alphabetically by name. (See Cornwallis Township Book (Typed), Births, 1801-1826, pp. 1-8.) Images 395 through 421.
  • Title page (cover): CORNWALLIS TOWNSHIP BOOK, VOLUME 1 (WITH TABLE OF CONTENTS). Image 422.
  1. Marriages, 1740-1825, pp. 1-97 (Includes some births.) Generally in alphabetical order of surname. Pages 14, 16, 29-30, 34, 58, 60 and 93 are blank. Images 423 through 472.
  2. Births, 1720-1825, pp. 96-201 (Includes some marriages and deaths.) Generally in alphabetical order of surname. Images 473 through 527.
  3. Deaths, 1760-1825, pp. 201-200 (Includes some births. See the listing on the title page.) Generally in alphabetical order of surname. Images 528 through 574.
  4. Township Meetings 1771-1792 (a few only), pp 300-302. Images 575 and 576.
  • Title page: CORNWALLIS TOWNSHIP BOOK, VOLUME 2

Digby

When searching for records from Digby, you will select the following series of links:
⇒Digby
⇒Church of England in Canada Trinity Church
⇒Baptisms, Burials 1807-1838. When you have reached the images, the following information (ordered by image number) will help you locate the records you need.

  • The first block of christening records begins in 1807 with Image 2 and ends in 1813 with Image 17. One may see (through the back of the facing page) that there are earlier records that were not included. Perhaps they are available on microfilm.
  • The first block of marriage records appears to start in 1786, beginning with Image 18, and ends in 1834 with Image 85.
  • A second block of christening records starts in 1814 beginning with Image 86 and ends in 1828 with Image 144.
  • A block of burial records starts in 1786 beginning with Image 145 and ends in 1811 with Image 166.
  • An account of the lives of the family of the Reverend Roger Viets is presented in Images 167 and 168.
  • A second block of burial records starts in 1814 beginning with Image 169 and ends in 1839 with Image 188.

Some of the records of this parish have been indexed here: Digby Trinity Parish.

Granville

When searching for records from Granville, you will select the following series of links:
⇒Annapolis
⇒Granville Centre
⇒Church of England in Canada All Saints
⇒Baptisms, Marriages, Burials 1779-1933.

When you have reached the images, the following information (ordered by image numbers) will help you locate the records you need.

  • Christening records, 1790 - 1801, Image 1 to Image 7
  • Marriage records, 1790 - 1801, Image 8 to Image 12
  • Christening records, 1829 - 1858, Image 13 to Image 38
  • Burial records, 1828 - 1918, Image 39 to Image 55
  • Marriage records, 1814 - 1882, Image 57 to Image 153
  • List of Town Clerks, Image 154 to Image 155
  • Family registers, marriage records, from 1761 to 1834, Image 156 to Image 229
  • Christening records, family registers and burial records, from 1830 to 1834, Image 230 to Image 301

Note that the "family registers" may have been included in this collection by mistake, due to a filming error, and may actually belong to Trinity Anglican Church, Digby. This gives the appearance of two events, such as a marriage occurring in Digby and another in Granville, when in fact there was only one couple and one event.

Collection Content

Sample Images


How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The name of a relative or date of the event

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page then:

  1. Select the County
  2. Select the City or Town
  3. Select the Denomination and Parish
  4. Select the Record Type and Year Range

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, marriage, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name, especially French or Latin versions.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Nova Scotia, Canada Genealogy.
  • Search in the Nova Scotia Archives and Libraries.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Catalog

Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation:

"Nova Scotia, Church Records, 1720-2001" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Catholic Church and Church of England parishes, Nova Scotia.

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, Church Records, 1720-2001.


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