Transcribe is the Nova Scotia Archives’ collaborative online workspace where the public can participate in enhancing access to our collections documenting over 300 years of Nova Scotia history, people, and culture. This is a great opportunity for participants to deeply experience our collections and index historical vital statistics.
Civil registration of births in Nova Scotia began in 1864, continued to 1877, then lapsed until 1908, when the province resumed record-keeping. Since 1 October 1908 the records have been maintained without interruption. This year we are working with birth records from 1920.
1920 births are now available! Well, mostly... The 1920 birth registrations have been particularly challenging. For the first time since 1864 all of the registrations are individual certificates. Previously, births were registered in ledger books with at least 6 entries on a page which meant fewer scans and less handling. Now, we have individual certificates and that takes a lot of time.
Online now are the first 10,000 birth registrations from 1920. There are approximately 7,000 more to come. These include delayed registrations and those 1920 records found among the birth records between 1910 and 1919. Like Marriages and Deaths, we are opening them up first for full transcription. We especially need your help with transcribing these records, since a portion of them do not have any indexing data, so they won’t be discoverable until the transcription work is done.
Individuals born in the province before 1908 who wanted their births officially recorded had to apply to a 'delayed registration' procedure at the Vital Statistics Office. Many of the 'late' registrations included additional information submitted to support the application, such as family Bible extracts, census abstracts, and copies of church-register entries. Again, we are working with delayed birth registrations for those born in 1920.
Please enter the record as accurately and completely as you can. You are also welcome to index additional content from the record like father's and mother's names, address, occupation, etc. We welcome your feedback – contact us or join the discussion on Facebook.
Q: Do I have to register?
A: No, registration is not required. You may use your name but it is not mandatory. If you enter your name you will be able to search for records you've been working on. Our system will not track you nor contact you. You can simply skip login but you won't easily be able to find the records you work on.
Q: What happens to finished records?
A: Records, once complete, reviewed and approved, will be downloaded and added to our online collections at //archives.novascotia.ca/vital-statistics/ as full-text for searching and reading. This will enhance searching by names, dates and locations.
Nova Scotia Archives — https://archives.novascotia.ca/vital-statistics/
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