The Reference Department at the Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library collects a wide range of local history and genealogical resources related to Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada.
Unique Dartmouth resources are available at the Alderney Gate Public Library.
Sunday: (Sept-May) 2-5pm;
Friday and Saturday: 10am-5pm
Joanne McCarthy O'Leary
Call Joanne McCarthy O'Leary for tours, donations, etc.
Researchers, please use department contact information for research or collection inquiries.
Side street parking meters. Pre-paid parking lot spaces are available across the street.
Special Group Tours Offered
Contact Joanne McCarthy O'Leary for tour bookings.
Scope of Holdings
Collects primary and secondary resources about Nova Scotia.
Resources include "how to" research guides, obituary indexes, Halifax newspapers, surname dictionaries, primary source indexes, record transcriptions, community and county histories, Books of Remembrance, published family histories, city directories, maps and atlases, high school yearbooks, genealogical newsletters, and government documents, Online access to Nova Scotia vital statistics, census records, and Ancestry.com Library Edition.
Extent of Holdings
268 shelves of Nova Scotia and Halifax Regional Municipality local history/genealogy resources; 16 filing cabinets of local newspaper clippings, brochures, newsletters, etc.; 600 reels of national and local newspapers on microfilm; 2 cases of Nova Scotia and Halifax Regional Municipality maps; 1 spinner of 44 history and genealogy periodicals
Founding Family Names
Over 447 Nova Scotia family histories
Reference staff are available for research assistance and to recommend other genealogical research centres within the province.
Photocopy: $0.25 per page
Computer printout: $0.10 per page
Mail/email inquiries: $5 for up to 10 pages of photocopies, including postage. Additional photocopies are charged $0.25 a page.
All Nova Scotia communities, with special emphasis on Halifax Regional Municipality communities.
Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Camp Hill Cemetery, St. John's Cemetery, Fort Massey Cemetery, Holy Cross Cemetery, Mount Olivet Cemetery, Mount Hermon Cemetery, St. Paul's Cemetery, The Old Burying Ground, plus numerous Nova Scotia cemetery transcriptions.
Regular local history and genealogy public programs throughout the Halifax Public Libraries system.
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