Nova Scotia Archives

What's New

02 December 2021

Nova Scotia Archives Photographic Collection

The Nova Scotia Archives Photo Collection brings together thousands of photographs collected over decades – now all available and searchable online.

16 November 2021

Historical Maps of Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Archives’ map collection is extensive and frequently referenced. To facilitate easier access to these essential resources we regularly digitize the materials and make them available online.

01 August 2021

Looking Back, Moving Forward: Documenting the Heritage of African Nova Scotians

On August 1st 2021 Nova Scotia formally recognized Emancipation Day, the day named to commemorate the anniversary of British parliament abolishing slavery across its empire in 1834, freeing about 800,000 enslaved people of African descent throughout its British colonies. Recognizing the existence of slavery in Nova Scotia’s past, how it shaped centuries of our history, and its continued resonance today is vital.

01 April 2021

New Vital Statistics website

Our popular Births, Marriages, and Deaths resource has a new look and feel - and we invite you to test it out! The vast amount of content you’ve come to expect is there, with enhanced viewing and more user-friendly searching. Many records have been rescanned to improve readability and zooming capabilities, also making quite a few available in colour for the first time.

Users can search and download vital statistic records from across the province, making this an invaluable tool for genealogy, demographics and historical research. The Nova Scotia Births, Marriages, and Deaths resource continues to evolve and grow, and we have more exciting things coming up! Stay tuned and happy searching!

24 February 2021


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 transcribe hand-written historical materials.

07 January 2021

New Vital Statistics Being Prepared for Online Access

A new accrual of vital statistics records was released on 31 December 2020 and is now being prepared for our genealogy website. This year, the records include births registered in 1920 (including delayed registrations); marriages registered in 1945; and deaths registered in 1970. Over 25,000 new research possibilities!

The records are currently being digitized at the Nova Scotia Archives, electronic indexes are being constructed or improved upon, and quality control testing is underway. We anticipate uploading in late spring/early summer, with further information to be posted as we approach launch date.

28 July 2020

New Nova Scotia Archives Website

We've updated our website to a new design and brought along all your favorite content, plus more! We've made the screen display responsive to your many different devices – smart phones, tablets and computers, large and small. We've also updated all our background information, to help you plan your first visit or your next visit, make best use of our services, and get started with your genealogy.


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