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Source Information

Ancestry.com. Nova Scotia, Canada, Deaths, 1864-1877, 1890-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
Original data:
  • Vital Statistics Division of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, compiler. “Death Registrations: 1864–1877; 1908–1960.” Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com/Deaths.aspx, 2010.
  • Vital Statistics Division of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, compiler. "Death Registrations, City of Halifax: 1890-1908." Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com/Deaths.aspx, 2010.

About Nova Scotia, Canada, Deaths, 1864-1877, 1890-1960

Historical Background

Permanent European settlement in Nova Scotia began with the French in 1604. The area would alternate between British and French control into the next century, and war and politics would play a significant role in determining the eventual demographics of the province. Scottish settlers began arriving as early as 1621 and would become the dominant ethnic group in a province they would eventually share with the English, Irish, German, First Nations, Acadian French, African Nova Scotian, and others.

About the Records

Nova Scotia began civil registration for deaths in 1864, but registration lapsed after 1877, and records compiled during the period are incomplete. Registration resumed 1 October 1908, and the province has maintained records consistently since then. This database does include records from two City of Halifax registers 1890–1908.

Though early records may be missing some data, death registrations can include:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Registration year, book, and number

Additional information may be found on the images themselves. This can include birth date, birthplace, occupation, marital status, spouse, names of parents, place of disposition, attending physician, and information on the informant.

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