Nova Scotia Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description

These records cover 1720-2001, and dates vary for each parish.

This collection contains parish registers of baptisms, marriages, deaths, a few census and other records for some Catholic and Church of England in Canada parishes from Nova Scotia. Some parish registers are written in French or Latin.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Nova Scotia, Church Records, 1720-2001" Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2013.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These 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

These 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

These 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

These 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

How to Use the Record

To begin your search for baptisms, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of parents
  • Approximate year of birth
  • County

To begin your search for marriages, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Names of bride or groom
  • Approximate year of marriage
  • County

To begin your search for burials, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Approximate year of burial
  • County

Search the Collection

To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒Select the appropriate "County"
⇒Select the appropriate "City or Town"
⇒Select the appropriate "Name of Denomination and Parish"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type and Year 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.

Tips to Keep in Mind

Use parish registers to identify individuals, parents, spouses, event dates, places of residence, and possible relatives who may have served as witnesses.

General Information About These Records

Because civil registration of births and deaths was sporadic in Nova Scotia until 1908, church records are a very important source for birth or baptism, marriage, and death or burial information.

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Citing Family Search Historical Collections

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Nova Scotia, Church Records, 1720-2011," digital images, FamilySearch ( accessed 28 March 2012), Chester > Chester > Church of England in Canada St Stephen > Baptisms, marriages, burials 1775-1859 > image 23 of 478, John Green, 5 May 1795; citing Various Catholic and Church of England in Canada parishes throughout Nova Scotia, Canada.