Nova Scotia Church Records
The Public Archives of Nova Scotia has many original church registers as well as microfilm copies. The Protestant registers generally cover 1780–1914. There are Catholic records 1679–1914. A list of these holdings can be found in Genealogical Research in Nova Scotia, by Terrence M. Punch.
Church records, besides those above, are generally found in the individual parishes or congregations or in church-diocesan archive centers. For more information concerning the whereabouts of certain registers, contact the appropriate denomination below:
Diocese of Nova Scotia
5732 College Street
Halifax, NS B3H 1X3
Written authorization is required to use these records. Some searches can be made by mail.
Vaughn Memorial Library
Wolfville, NS B0P 1X0
The Atlantic Baptist Historical Collection does not contain birth, baptism, marriage, or death certificates. The most useful genealogical information is the list of church members; it usually gives the dates members were received into the church, their date of baptism, and, if applicable, the date of their dismissal from the church.
Most registers are still found in the individual parishes. Sometimes information can be obtained from:
Archdiocese of Halifax
P.O. Box 1527
Halifax, NS B3J 2Y3
Presbyterian records are usually found in the individual churches. For more information, contact the church in the community in which you are researching.
United Church of Canada
Maritime Conference Archives
32 York Street
Sackville, NB E4L 4R4
E-mail: Maritime Conference Archives (Contact Maritime Conference Archives)
Contact Person: Ms. Judith Colwell, Archivist
For registers of other denominations (such as Adventist, Congregationalist, Jewish, and Lutheran), determine the location of the church, and then arrange to see any records that may exist.