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Hants County, Nova Scotia GenWeb Project

"Only a Genealogist regards a step backwards as progress."
"Only a Genealogist regards a step backwards as progress." - Unknown



Genealogy Research in Nova Scotia

Some Nova Scotia Tips from a Genealogist

Genealogy tips and links for anyone beginning their research within Nova Scotia, Canada. Let us know if you can add something to this page so that other researchers can benefit.

Genealogy Guides for Researchers

General Guides


To Begin Your Family Search

General Information

  • Gather information from family and relatives.
  • Write down names, dates, locations and family ties.
  • Begin your search with relatives closest to you, and work back from there.
  • Document every fact as you progress! Record information on pedigree charts and family group sheets.
  • If you have a computer, organizing your data in a genealogical program is most helpful.
  • Once you have determined all you can from relatives, you are then ready to start your search.
  • Attempt to determine where an unknown ancestor may have lived. This you may be able to uncover from obituaries or census returns etc.
  • Collect pictures and other material concerning family.
  • Join your local genealogical society and take advantage of workshops and all they have to offer.
  • Acquaint yourself with libraries and historical societies in your research area.
  • Visit the area, or write to the genealogical society of that area and hire a researcher to search records for any information which they might have on your ancestor.
  • Explore GenWeb sites on the Internet to look at what they have online, and to obtain the address of archives etc. where you could write for more help.
  • Use the GenWeb look-up services for publication resources of interest to genealogists and historians.
  • Post queries to connect with others who may have answers to find ancestors in your family line.

Nova Scotia Facts

General Interest about Nova Scotia


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