Nova Scotia Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Access the records: Nova Scotia Vital Records, 1763-1957 .
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Record Description

This index was created by the Nova Scotia Archives. The collection contains registered births from 1864-1877 with some birth entries as early as 1810, delayed births 1836-1907, marriages 1763-1932, and deaths 1864-1877, 1908-1957.

This collection will include records for the dates 1763-1957 when complete.

Images for these records can be viewed at www.novascotiagenealogy.com.

Citation for This Collection

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

Nova Scotia Archives. Nova Scotia Vital Records. Nova Scotia Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Record Content

These birth records may contain the following information:

  • Full name of child
  • Date of birth and place of child
  • Gender
  • Names of parents
  • Birthplace of parents
  • Registration date and number
  • Names of witnesses

These marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Full name of groom
  • Full name and maiden name of bride
  • Grooms father’s occupation
  • Bride’s father’s occupation
  • Names of parents for both bride and groom
  • Place of birth for parents
  • Place and date of marriage
  • Names of witnesses
  • Age at marriage

These death records may contain the following information:

  • Full name of deceased
  • Date and place of burial
  • Date and place of death
  • Occupation
  • Gender
  • Cause of death
  • Date and place of birth
  • Age at death
  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse
  • Name of parents

How to Use the Record

To begin your search in the birth records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of parents
  • Place of birth and approximate year of birth

To begin your search in the marriage records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of bride or groom
  • Approximate year of marriage
  • Names of parents for bride or groom

To begin your search in the death records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Approximate year of death

Search the Collection

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

Using the Information

Unable to Find Information?

  • Try looking in the census records for the possible place of residence at the time of the event.
  • Search for nicknames of the ancestor (Tom, Ben, Mike etc.) this might give you a clue if you can't find their full name on the record.
  • Look in the land records, this will give you a clue on where to search for the residence at the time of event.

Related Websites

Nova Scotia Genealogy

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citing FamilySearch 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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.