Genealogical Research

Search Acadia’s Collections for published genealogical material



Student records: Convocation programs, student scrapbooks. Please note that student transcripts are closed.

Unpublished community histories
Unpublished genealogies
Individual/family papers

Acadia photo collection, Baptist photo collection, Annapolis Valley photo collection

Planter records:
Planter studies website:
Planter collections:

Special collections:

Student and alumni publications
Local newspapers
Baptist and other denominational newspapers
Published genealogical works
Family Association newsletters
Published community histories
Published Planter works

Library Stacks:

Nova Scotia vital statistics from Halifax newspapers
Deaths, burials, and probate of Nova Scotians, from primary sources
Religious marriages in Halifax, from primary sources
Census records
The 1838 census index

Please Note:

Baptist church records:
Baptist records are often not a good source of genealogical information as churches rarely kept vital statistics. Their minutes most often record business meetings, and the membership lists provide little information other than dates of membership and dates of baptism. As the Baptists practiced adult baptism, these are not a good source for determining birth information.

Acadian genealogy:
Our records begin during the Planter Era (post-1759). For Acadian genealogy, please consult the following institutions:

The Centre Acadien at Université Sainte-Anne:
The Centre d’Etudes Acadiennes at Université de Moncton: