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Genealogy & Family History

Since Champlain arrived in 1604, Nova Scotia has welcomed people from all over the world. As a result, Nova Scotia genealogy is deep and diverse. Far beyond our native Mi’kmaq ancestry and popular Acadian history, Nova Scotia's founding cultures include Acadian, English, German, African Nova Scotian, Scottish, Irish, and yes, even American. Twenty-five million people in North America - Canadians, Americans, Acadians, Cajuns - can trace their family tree back to Nova Scotia during the past 400 years. Are you one of them?


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One million new possibilities in searching for your Nova Scotia Roots. Search for family names in Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics with links to over a million original copies of birth, marriage and death records available.

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MemoryNS provides access to archival records from institutions across Nova Scotia, and is an initiative of the Council of Nova Scotia Archives. Search MemoryNS to find detailed information about the records and their creators as well as contact information for the contributing archives.

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