Nova Scotia Family History Societies

This section lists associations from Cumberland to West Hants providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Cumberland County Genealogical Society

Their aims are to provide people with a forum to exchange information, to assist with cataloguing resource material and collect and preserve historical material.  

Their aims are also to promote and encourage the study of genealogy in Cumberland County and to help with the distribution of genealogical material. 

Numerous documents are available for sale, including:

  • Amherst Daily News Vital Statistics 1905-1906
  • Back Issues of Cumberland Roots, their Newsletter, which was published in 2001-2002
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Cumberland Co. Early Settlers
  • Death Index 1909-1963
  • Down Memory Lane DVD Series
  • Gilbert Seaman Diary 1875-1885
  • History of River Herbert
  • Wills 1770-1830

The Cumberland Co. 1861 Census Index is available, along with a list of Surnames currently being researched by Members.

There is also a Local Resources section, which has information regarding:

  • Churches
  • Funeral Homes
  • Libraries
  • Map and Place Names
  • Museums and Historical Societies
  • News Articles
  • Newspapers
  • Towns and Villages
Website:
http://www.ccgsns.com


Hantsport and Area Historical Society

Numerous documents are available for sale, which include Survey of Hantsport Riverbank Cemetery, Hantsport on Avon by Hattie Chittick and Index to Wills and Estates 1763-1995.

Website:
http://nsgna.ednet.ns.ca/hantsport


Kings County Historical Society

The association has numerous archives which include:

  • Births, Marriages and Deaths
  • Censuses
  • Genealogies
  • Gravestone Inscriptions
  • Township Histories

Some Databases are on the site, including:

  • Acadian Enumeration Index 1671-1758
  • Births 1864-1877
  • Cemeteries Surname Index
  • Census Indexes 1871-1901
  • Church Registers 1671-1758
  • Death 1864-1877
  • Deeds 1764-1951
  • Probate 1784-1946
  • Weddings 1864-1908

Many publications are available for sale, incorporating:

  • 1871-1901 Census
  • Acadian Enumeration 1671-1758
  • Acadian Church Registers 1680-1757
  • Annapolis Valley Births and Deaths 1864-1877
  • Cemetery Inscriptions
  • Church Registers
  • Deeds 1764-1951
  • Probate 1784-1949
  • Township Books
  • Vital Statistics
  • Weddings 1864-1909
Website:
http://kingscountymuseum.ca/historical-society/


Nova Scotia Genealogical Association

The association has a Library where many documents are available, including:

  • Bibles
  • Cemeteries Inscriptions
  • Census Indexes
  • Church Records
  • Deaths, Burials and Probate 1749-1850
  • Directories
  • Funeral Home Registers

Archives also incorporate:

  • Genealogies
  • Maps and Atlases
  • Marriages and Deaths
  • Newspaper Extracts of Births
  • Obituaries
  • Passenger Lists
  • Reference Books

Databases and Indexes are accessible, incorporating:

  • Cemetery Transcriptions from Camp Hill, Maplewood and Newport Landing Cemeteries
  • Genealogies
  • Halifax Funeral Home Records
  • Vital Statistics from The Colonial Patriot 1827-1834

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Back Issues of their publication
  • Census Indexes
  • Deaths, Burials and Probate 1749-1850
  • Newspaper Vital Statistics 1769-1856
  • Reference Books
  • Religious Weddings in Halifax 1768-1841
  • St Pauls Halifax Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1749-1768
  • Surnames from Birth Registers 1864-1877
  • Sydney Post-Record Obituaries 1933-1956
  • Weddings 1752-1841 (Excludes Halifax)

There is also a list of Surnames currently being researched by Members.

Website:
http://www.novascotiaancestors.ca


Nova Scotia Icelandic Memorial Society

They have a number of Databases, including:

  • 1878 Census Index
  • Farm Names and Lot Numbers
  • Markland Families after 1879
  • Notable Settlers
  • Photographs of Settlers
  • Settlers
  • Single Men and Women in Markland
  • SS St Patrick Passenger List 1874

A number of publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • Errand Boy in the Mooseland Hills
  • Markland - Remembrance of the Years 1875-1881
  • The Icelanders of Kinmount - An Experiment in Settlement
  • The Story of Markland
  • The Young Icelander
Website:
http://www.nova-scotia-icelanders.ednet.ns.ca


Shelburne County Archives and Genealogical Society

They have a number of archives, which incorporate:

  • Bibles
  • Cemeteries Transcripts
  • Censuses
  • Church Records
  • Coroner's Reports
  • Directories
  • Funeral Home Books
  • Gazetteers
  • Heritage Homes Inventory

Archives also incorporate:

  • Marriage Licence Registrations
  • Newspapers and Vital Statistics, which include Newspaper Extracts of Birth, Marriage and Death
  • Obituaries
  • Photocopies of Early Land Grants
  • School Registers
  • Scrapbooks
  • Tax Lists
  • Voters' Lists

Some Databases are accessible, which include Deeds and Probate Indexes.  For a fee, they are prepared to send a copy of the appropriate Record.

A number of publications are available for sale, incorporating:

  • Barrington Township Documents
  • Births, Marriages and Deaths 1886-1889
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Comfort, Care and Cures: Doctors and Dentists of Shelburne County 1765-1965
  • Founders of Shelburne who came 1783-1793 and stayed in the area
  • Genealogies
  • Lost Mariners
  • Loyalist Foods in Today's Recipes
  • Mowatt Street Chronicles
  • Shelburne Co. Veterans
Website:
http://nsgna.ednet.ns.ca/shelburne/index.php


South Shore Genealogical Society

They have a specific interest in the South Shore Area, which covers Lunenburg and Queens Counties.  They have a number of resources, incorporating:

  • Assessment Rolls
  • Cemetery Inscriptions
  • Census Indexes
  • Church Records
  • Community Histories
  • Deaths, Burials and Probate
  • Funeral Home Books
  • Genealogical Reference Books
  • Genealogies
  • Journals

Archives also incorporate:

  • Land Grants
  • Newsletters
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Obituaries
  • Photographs
  • School Class Attendance Records
  • Township Histories
  • Vital Records
  • Vital Statistics from Newspapers
  • Will Books

A full list of resources held is accessible on the site.

Website:
http://www.ssgs.ca


West Hants Historical Society

They have a Genealogy Room where a large collection of resources are available, which include:

  • 1871-1901 Census Returns
  • Cemetery Records
  • Genealogies
  • Hants Journals
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Windsor Tribune Newspapers

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Community Histories
  • Gravestone Inscriptions
  • Falmouth: A New England Township
  • Family Histories and Genealogies
  • Newport: A Rhode Island Township
  • The Windsor Curling Club: Three Periods of Construction 1908-2008
Website:
http://westhantshistoricalsociety.ca