Nova Scotia Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Nova Scotia Church Records, 1720-2001
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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
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Related Websites
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?

The following information may be found in these records:


  • 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


  • Name of child
  • Date of baptism
  • Date of birth
  • Names of parents
  • Place of birth of parents
  • Names of witnesses


  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Their places of residence
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of officiator at ceremony


  • 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

Collection Content

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How Do I Search This Collection?

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:

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

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. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Cite the record. See below for help citing this collection
  • Look at an image of the original record. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index. To find a copy of the original record, visit the Antigonish Catholic Diocese page
  • Use the information you have found to find the person in census records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Consult the Nova Scotia Record Finder to find other records
  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This can help you find possible relatives.
  • Search the records of nearby areas
  • Check for other names. An individual might appear under an unexpected name for a variety of reasons:
    • They might have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name
    • A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband

Record Finder

Consult the Nova Scotia Record Finder Table to find other records

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Nova Scotia Church Records, 1720-2001." Images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Catholic Church and Church of England parishes, Nova Scotia.
Image Citation:
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