Nova Scotia Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description

Parish registers of baptisms, marriages, deaths and other records for some Catholic and Church of England in Canada parishes from Nova Scotia. These records cover 1720-2001, and dates vary for each parish. Some parish registers are written in French or Latin.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in parish registers are:

  • Name of person who was baptized, married, or who died
  • Names of parents (sometimes includes the maiden name of the mother) in birth or baptismal records
  • Names of parents or name of spouse in death records
  • Date of birth or baptism, marriage, and death or burial
  • Place of birth or baptism, marriage, and death or burial

How to Use the Record

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

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Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Nova Scotia, Canada. Various parishes in Nova Scotia. Parish registers. Various Catholic and Church of England in Canada parishes throughout Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Citing Family Search Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

Example of a Source Citation 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.

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