Below are links to websites that can help researches find information on families living in Atlantic Canada.

Last Update: January 29, 2017

Maritime Provinces

Atlantic Canada

Toronto Public Library: A list of links to aid researchers looking for ancestors in Atlantic Canada.

Nova Scotia

Bob Hegerich Genealogy: A few relatives of Robert L. & Mary J. (Mahoney) Hegerich. It includes surnames list, headstones, videos and much more.

Cook Descendants: Inlaws and Outlaws by Patricia Lumsden: A Genealogy of the Descendants of Elias Cook (Google Books)

Flat Rocks, NS “Down Home”: This site was created by the late Muriel (Farquhar) Davidson. It contains information about these two family names, veterans, censuses and local history, including extracts from the Diary of Simeon Perkins.

Genealogy Notes for Sheet Harbour: Genealogy information on families connected to Sheet Harbour, Halifax County, NS.

Guysborough County Genealogy: A site created by Barry Potter. This includes the cemetery inscriptions originally created by Maureen Brown and Patsy Lumsden.

Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford Historic Council Minutes: Over 250 years of municipal council meeting minutes have been digitized and are now available at your fingertips.

Harrigan Cove: Genealogical information on the small community on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, in the County of Halifax. Hosted by Diane Tibert.

Historical Books (on Neil Sponagle’s site): Contains links to Nova Scotia genealogy books in the public domain.

Historical Canadian Newspapers Online: Nova Scotia: Links to historical Canadian newspapers that are freely available on the Internet.

Lunenburg County Marriages Registered: An index to marriages registered in Lunenburg County, NS, 1864 to 1908.

Lunenburg County Probated Wills: A consolidated index to probated wills from 1770 to 1999.

The McCulloch Heritage Centre – Hector Archiving Gateway & Genealogy Indexing System: The Hector Exhibit Centre was built on July 21st, 1973 as a project by the National Government in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the landing of the Ship Hector.  It is used to host a range of exhibits, some of which are annual events and others which are special exhibits. Now called the McCulloch Heritage Centre, it is a part of the Pictou County Genealogy and Heritage Society. They also run the McCulloch House Museum, located at the same address as the Heritage Centre. Our archives host a great volume of genealogy and heritage information, available for public viewing.

The Nova Scotia Genealogy Resources Page: Contains links of province-wide resources.

Nova Scotia Archives: Located in Halifax, NS, the website contains many online resources and databases. Take the virtual tour, check out the hours of operation and learn more about what is available.

Nova Scotia Cemeteries: A new website (October 2015) by Cynthia Simpson that aims to record cemeteries across the province.

Nova Scotia Genealogy Records Online: A collection of links to help those researching individuals who lived in the province.

Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics: Contains a searchable database of birth, marriage and death records.

Nova Scotia Obituaries: On these pages you will find 71774 obituaries for people from Nova Scotia or who are related to Nova Scotians.

Nova Scotia Online Historical Newspapers Summary: A list of several collections of online historical newspapers. [Updated Link]

Nova Story: NovaStory is a partnership between Nova Scotia public libraries, the Community Access Program and our communities. New digital collections will be added regularly.

Passenger Lists (Lunenburg County GenWeb Page): Between the years 1750 and 1752, over 2000 “Foreign Protestants” arrived in Nova Scotia on the following ships: Aldernay (1750), Nancy (1750), Ann (1750), Speedwell (1751/1752), Gale (1751/1752), Pearl (1751/1752), Murdoch (1751), Betty (1752) and Sally (1752). Shipboard conditions were difficult and voyages were lengthy, yet the majority survived the journey.

Tufts Family Genealogy: This blog is mostly about the Tufts family in America descended from Peter Tufts who came to Charlestown, Massachusetts from England before 1638. I hope to share many great stories of Tufts families and individuals. I also will share things I have found on other Tufts families besides Peter’s many descendants. They include Tuffts, Tuft, and Tuffs families from Ireland and other places that remain to be discovered. I will also explore the many other families related to the Tufts and share their stories as well. Hopefully this will include the Toland family of my wife, and Staples, Bakers and Cummings from my mother’s ancestry.

Women of Digby County, 1950: The virtual exhibit presented here was first developed as a traditional exhibit entitled ‘Women: Their Lives in Rural Nova Scotia, 1950.’ Launched in Digby in October 2011, it travelled to various locations throughout southwestern Nova Scotia over the following year, including a month’s detour to the Nova Scotia Archives in April 2012.


Boats and Builders of Newfoundland  and Labrador: This link takes you to the article Loss of the Schooner Little Jap about the loss of the fishing boat in November 1909.

History of Rencontre East: A community website with a detailed history page which contains information about coastal ships that served the outports. Click the history link in the left margin to learn more.

The Rooms: Located in St. John’s, NL, the website contains an overview of collections, archives hours and services and other information.

Newfoundland Vital Records 1840 to 1949: Located on the FamilySearch.

New Brunswick

Family Tree Knots: A resource for those researching family in New Brunswick.

New Brunswick Online Historical Newspapers: A list of old  newspapers researchers can access online.

Provincial Archives on New Brunswick: Located in Fredericton, NB, the website contains several databases and online resources. Hours of operations and what is available on site are available.

Prince Edward Island

Public Archives and Records Office: Located in Charlottetown, PEI, the website contains several searchable databases and online resources.

Surname by Lot Number: This listing can be invaluable to locate which lots your surname shows up in. Surnames are listed alphabetically within the lots in which they reside.

Surname List: An alphabetically ordered list of surnames of families who settled the island.

Specific Groups


Early Irish Birth and Death Indexes: The Irish Genealogical Research Society – Dedicated since 1936 to the study of Irish genealogy


3 thoughts on “Links

  1. looking for my greatgrandfather randall macdonald or mcdonald cape breton b1864 father daniel mother anna randalls son angus his son richard his son james thats me I belive he came to massachusetts in 1880 to1890 long lost cousin jimi

  2. Lord Alexander MacDonald in Queen County Port Jollie in 1786 his house is in Thomas Raddall Provincral Park

  3. Alexander MacDonald mar Isabella Mc Key ch Alexander MacDonald JR James MacDonald Rachael MacDonald John Smith Allan MacDonald Jane B ROBERTSON Nancy MacDonald James Bull

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