The Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia will hold its Annual General Meeting & Lecture on Saturday, May 10 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Akins A/V Room, Nova Scotia Archives, University and Robie Strrets, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The lecture will be given by Terrence M. Punch, and Terry will be talking about his latest publication, Montbeliard Immigration to Nova Scotia, 1749-1752. Do you have the surnames Bailley, Burgoyne, Boutilier, Dorey, Jodrey, Patriquin, Dauphinee, Jollimore, Langille, or Tattrie somewhere in your family background?
Come hear about where they, and other Montbeliardais, came from. You may learn some surprising facts; for example, at the time of the immigration to Nova Scotia from 1749 to 1752, Montbeliard was an independent Lutheran state.
Light refreshments to follow.
2nd Annual Book Sale
We will be selling back issues of the Nova Scotia Genealogist, duplicates from our library, surplus Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society publications, and much more. Bring along your cash and pick up some great bargains!
On Saturday March 22, 2014, the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia will present a Photo Workshop as part of the monthly meeting to be held from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Akins A/V Room, Nova Scotia Archives, 6016 University Ave, Halifax.
The workshop will be lead by Jenny Milligan, MEd, Socio-Costumologist, and will cover -
Learn to date old photo
Place people in your family tree
Help identify faces from your past
Browse & study a collection of historic photo & costume reference books
Bring your old photos!
Cost: $25 ($20 for GANS Members)
Register by email to info@NovaScotiaAncestors.ca
You may email 1-2 photos with your registration.
Please note that only 20 places are available for this workshop.
Ancestry.ca has taken the records from Nova Scotia Archives and under agreement with the archives, have put them online.
The Non-Census Records in the Collection Nova Scotia Poll Tax Rolls, 1791–1793. The index includes the name and location for each person. Records in this collection are from the following counties -
The tax records are from the Gideon White Family Papers. Gideon White was a loyalist from Massachusetts who moved to Shelburne, Nova Scotia, after the American Revolution. He served as tax collector for a time, and tax records for the years 1786–1787 are included in the collection.
The tax records provide names and addresses of Shelburne taxpayers, occupations, and county and poor taxes owed.
Spring 2013 edition of The Nova Scotia Genealogist with the lovely photo of the
painting of the West Hants Historical Society Museum in Windsor, Nova Scotia is
on the cover.
article entitled Visit to West Hants Historical Society by J. Fralic-Brown on
page 19 of the edition tells you all that you want to know what the museum holds
on its shelves and in filing cabinets.
main article is The Putman Family of Massachusetts and Nova Scotia by D. Armauda.
author says that the complete Putman family history has never been written to
his knowledge, and we just get a glimpse of his work in this article.
has everything sourced, and a very good genealogy explained in very easy to
understand terms as he traces them from England, to Massachusetts to Nova
have included the latest books in the Reference Department of the Spring Garden
Road Memorial Library, at the GANS Office Library, and the Scotiabank Family History,
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax.
One of our readers recently sent me information about
the Conversion List from the old street numbering
system to the new street numbering system on the Halifax Regional Archives.
Already the reader says that he has found
it very useful and have already looked at several ancestors' houses on Google
Street View using the modern address.
He continues on to say that “A lot of
my family research focuses on Halifax. Whether using City directories, deed
indexes, or death certificates, the civic address of my research subject is
often listed and can be used for many helpful purposes. Between 1958-1965
however, the City of Halifax renumbered all civic addresses from a 2-digit to a
4-digit number, so if you're interested in locating the current site of a
pre-1958 ancestor's residence you were out of luck”.
So take a look at the site and the list.
I had fun this afternoon looking at
their Virtual Exhibit which featured photographs, maps,
and anniversary events that have taken place in Halifax-Dartmouth over the years.
Thanks to Neal for sending
me information on this site.
Here is some news from Ron Zinck, who posts to the NSRoots mailing list quite often -
“I spent part of my Friday the Archives of Ontario working my way through
the collection of Rev. Ewen MacDonald. He worked for decades on Scottish
history and the McDonald family history. I have a number of scans that may
be of interest to researchers and I suspect I will have allot more after
every visit. This batch includes letters and a few charts that discusses
Antigonish, Cape Breton, and different septs in Scotland.
I hope that some of the MacDonald researchers will be able to help decipher, interpret and place these scans in context."
More 1921 census records have been added to Dwayne Meisner’s Nova
Some of them are -
Bill Bruhm has transcribed the 1921 census for several areas in
The areas are Northfield, which also includes West Northfield,
Cookville, Lower and Upper Northwest, Pine Hurst. He has also transcribed
the Chester Asylum, County Asylum, and the Indian Reserves.
In Halifax County, the following areas have been transcribed –
Lawrencetown, County Jail, City Prison, Sable Island Portuguese
Cove in Halifax County, Ketch Harbour, Chebucto Head, Duncan Cove, Bedford
Basin, Rockingham, Mount Saint Vincent, Hammond's Plains, as well as a few
names from Fairview.
Tom Downing has transcribed the census for Seal Harbour in
County. The census also includes Drum Head, Coddles Harbour
Alan Dinn has transcribed the 1921 census for Clementsport in
Wendy Morash has transcribed the 1921 census for Peggy's Cove in
County. The census also includes Hackett's Cove, Glen Margaret and Indian
There are other areas that have been transcribed, and he adds to the site daily, so check it often.
People in Nova Scotia are starting to take matters in their own
hands, and they are transcribing parts of the census themselves.
For example, Dwayne Meisner has “transcribed the 1921 census for
13 Mile House in Halifax County. The census also includes Beaver Bank, Kinsack,
Fall River, Windsor Junction, Lower Sackville, Middle Sackville, Upper
Click on "Halifax" on the map to open the dialog window, and then click on "Halifax County - 1921". If you are not already a member of my site, you will have to register to view the data. Registration is free.
Ships Duke of Kent, Charles Mary Wentworth and Earl Spencer
from a modern drawing by C.H.J. Snider. Medium: drawing Artist: C.H.J. Snider Reference no.: NSARM Photo Collection: Ships: C.M.
The War of 1812
began in June 1812, and the remaining British North American colonies — Nova
Scotia, Cape Breton Island (then separate from Nova Scotia), New Brunswick,
Newfoundland, Lower Canada (Quebec) and Upper Canada (Ontario) were
automatically at war with the United States.
The role of Nova
Scotia during the war was mainly at sea. The Royal Navy from its North Atlantic
Squadron base at Halifax, joined by privateer vessels from home ports along the
Atlantic coast and Bay of Fundy – like the ports of Halifax and Liverpool. There are
several virtual exhibits – Spoils of War:
Privateering in Nova Scotia – Read about the history of privateering in Nova
Scotia. For example, there are digitized
original log-books for the privateers Charles Mary Wentworth (1799), Nelson (1802)
and Dart (1813). Acadian Reporter
– This newspaper was published in Halifax beginning in January 1813, and this is
four-page weekly newspaper. This newspaper “carried local, provincial, British
and international news stories, a weekly almanac, shipping news, marriage and
death notices, and a wide range of advertisements” Black Refugees
1812 – 1834 - This is a virtual exhibit made up of 75 digitized documents, news
clippings, documentary art and print items.
Library and Archives Canada has updated the 1851 (1852) census.
1851 Census marked the second collection of statistics for the Province of
Canada (consisting of Canada West and Canada East). Information was also
collected for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
addition to searching by geographical information such as province, district,
and sub-district, users can now also search by nominal information such as
name, given name(s) and age of an individual.
Canada East and Canada West, the census was supposed to have been taken in 1851,
but was actually take in January 1852.
So, in the Canada East and Canada West, it will be the age of the person's next birthday in 1852, not in 1851 (Column 6).
Also, in Canada East and Canada West, there was an urban and a rural census, and they asked different questions.
Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, the census was taken between June and December
you are having difficulty finding the person you are looking for in the 1851-1852
census, not all schedules survived.
The Battle of the Atlantic was Canada’s single longest continuous military engagement of the Second World War. It took place from September 1939 to May 1945.
Today is remembered as the Battle of the Atlantic Sunday in Canada, and there will be many ceremonies that will take place across the country.
For almost six years, the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Merchant Navy fought the enemy in the North Atlantic to ensure vital supplies reached Europe.
After receiving more training, air cover, special intelligence and better equipment, the Battle of the Atlantic reached a turning point in May 1943
However, despite all efforts, enemy forces sunk over 70 merchant vessels, claiming the lives of over 1,600 Canadian crew members
The website with nearly a million possibilities for people to search for their Nova Scotia roots is now available in French.
The Historical Vital Statistics website, maintained by the Nova Scotia Archives, has a searchable database containing nearly one million personal names. Each is linked to a corresponding birth, death or marriage registration, digitized and available online. The earliest records date from the mid-1700s and the most recent from the 1960s.
"One of the ways the province is making life better for Acadian and francophone families is by creating more access to bilingual services online," said Communities Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra. "The Historical Vital Statistics website is an invaluable genealogical tool for Nova Scotians to explore our family history and learn more about our culture and heritage."
The website is the only one of its kind in Canada that people can browse for records about their genealogy free of charge. The website is a popular destination for family history researchers and community historians from Nova Scotia and around the world.
To search for records on the Historical Vital Statistics website go to www.novascotiagenealogy.com. People can also purchase electronic or paper copies of the documents by ordering online and paying via secure credit card transaction.
The Historical Vital Statistics website includes records transferred from Vital Statistics after 100 years for births, 50 years for deaths and 75 years for marriages.
of 12 March, 2013, Ancestry.ca has 8,299,563 people in their database of Canadian
TherThere are directories for
Kentville, Nova Scotia, and Henry B. Webster is listed there as a barrister in
1867, in the Hutchinson’s Nova Scotia Directory, 1866-1867, and in 1869 in the McAlpine’s Nova Scotia Directory, 1868-1869.
B. Webster was the son of Henry Webster of Kentville, Nova Scotia, and
Edwardiana Barclay, Shelburne, Nova Scotia, who was the only daughter of James
Barclay and Catherine Bingay, the brother to my g-g-g-g-grandfather George Barclay.
In Dick's blog this morning, there is news about a newspaper column written by Roxanne Moore Saucier in which she tells us about a great way to discover and read about our Acadian ancestors – through books and online.
As he says, “the term French Canadian describes those with Quebec ancestry, while Acadian refers to the French who occupied what is now Nova Scotia and parts of New Brunswick until the British deported them in Le Grand Derangement of 1755”.
People who want to join the Canada-wide celebration of Heritage Day can explore a new heritage property resource at the Nova Scotia Archives.
For the first time, records and photos of pre-1914 built homes, churches, railway stations, bridges and other community structures are available.
A selection of the records is now available for visitors on public computers in the archives' reading room. The records include photos, descriptions of the properties and information about historical features and architecture.
The Provincial Built Heritage Inventory Project began in the late 1990s to record and document all buildings built before 1914. The Heritage Property Program records were digitized then transferred to the Archives in January.
I checked the information that the archives has on the town of Shelburne and there is the paper-covered book containing list of assessments of Shelburne county and poor taxes for 1787, in semi-alphabetical order. I had never actually seen the book before, only a photocopy of it, so it was good to see the book itself as it was created in 1787.
The other communities that I have got to check when I have more time is Barrington, Tusket, Yarmorth, and Kentville.
Two other papers I noticed was the original signature of Andrew Barclay, and a postcard photo of James Barclay’s house, son of Andrew, in Shelburne, on page 9 image 4.
From Saturday January 19 to Sunday March 31, 2013 there will be an exhibit at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia where the History of Bling Told in Gold: A Nova Scotia Treasure will be open to visitors. It is the little known 150 year old story of Nova Scotia and its relationship with gold.
The press release says that “Co-curated by Shannon Parker, Curator of Collections at the AGNS and Debra McNabb, Director at the Museum of Industry, this multifaceted exhibition was inspired by the discovery and identification of 15 watercolours by Frederick B. Nichols, rare paintings that document the first of Nova Scotia’s three gold rushes, as well as other industrial landscapes around Halifax. An American engraver and mining engineer, Nichols moved to Nova Scotia in 1865 because of his interest in our gold fields, and worked here as a chemist, mining engineer and professor of geology.
Sponsored by Kinross Gold Corporation the exhibition also features an extensive series of oil sketches by the Group of Seven and all manner of gold items including a Nobel Prize, Anne Murray’s gold record for Snowbird, gold jewellery crafted by Nova Scotian artisans and a stunning collection of gold medals from Nova Scotian athletes”.
FamilySearch has updated the Canadian Merchant Marine Agreements and Accounts of Crews, 1890-1920 with 23,381added images.
As they say in their description, “This collection covers ports in British Columbia (primarily Victoria). Some records are from ports in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and a few foreign ports. The documents are organized by ship and include, among other information, the signatures of crew members, their ages and birthplaces. Each box includes a general inventory of its contents listing box and file numbers, date, ship name, location and owner. The original records are in possession of the British Columbia Archives in Victoria”.
In the records, they may have the following information -
■ Full name of crew member
■ Year of birth
■ Place of birth
■ Name of ship where the crew member last served in
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Booklet #1 - The War of 1812: Canada and the United States
The booklet, “The War of 1812: Canada and the United States”, gives a synopsis of the causes of the War, and details the battles that took place (who, where, and when), and which included British forces, Blacks, and Aboriginal warriors who fought on both sides of the conflict.
Booklet #2 – Migration: Canada and the United States
These headings offer good examples of those who came to Canada, or of Canadians who left for the U.S, and why. The booklet gives a synopsis of what records to look for, the books written on the subject, where to find online resources, and a bonus list of some famous Canadians who migrated to the U.S.