Local municipal records are a relatively untapped source for family history research. The pages linked below provide a brief description of the types of records found at the Halifax Municipal Archives that document individual lives lived in the former municipalities of:
View a presentation highlighting the most popular of these family history sources, given by Municipal Archivist Susan McClure at the 2023 Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia conference; moderated by conference organizer Nat Smith. Thank you to GANS for organizing the conference and providing the recording.
Other genealogy links
If you’re just starting your genealogical research, before turning to the Municipal Archives you should check out these links that provide guidance on researching family history as well as other sources in Nova Scotia.
- Halifax Public Libraries, Local and Family History- Resource guide to the Halifax Public Libraries' genealogical and local history reference services, collections.
- Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics - Historical birth, marriage and death records for the province of Nova Scotia
- Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia - Association to collect and preserve genealogical material. Contains family histories and resources (by surname).
- GenWeb Nova Scotia - Nova Scotia section of GenWeb genealogical links.
- Library & Archives Canada - Genealogy Page - Full list of Canadian genealogical web sources, databases, and other web sites, including a Nova Scotia section.
- Canadian Museum of Immigration - The East Coast’s main point of entry for immigrants, Pier 21 holds a variety of local history and genealogical materials
- Census of Canada, 1911 - Searchable database of facts and figures and images of the 1911 Canadian census (searchable by geographical location).
- Automated Genealogy - Transcribed census data for all of Canada, including the 1901 and 1911 census. Searchable by name.