Archival and Genealogical Resources

The Yarmouth County Archives contains many thousands of files relating to businesses, organizations and people in Yarmouth County. This includes newspapers, genealogies, government records, and various other sources. Please note that, as most of our resources are fragile, original documents, no original materials ever leave our building. Research can be conducted in person or through the mail. For more information, please contact the Archives.

Online Reference

The Council of Nova Scotia Archives has developed an online database (MemoryNS) that contains descriptions of a majority of our archival resources, and numerous scans of old photographs. These files and others in the collection can be viewed by visiting the Archives.

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Genealogy Resources

As well as the below resources, we have a variety of other documents that will help you with your research. To check if we have material on the topic you’re searching for, contact the Archives by phone at (902) 742-5539 or by email.

Cemetery and Church Records

Arcadia – Municipal Home (poor farm)
African Bethal, Birch Ave. cemetery
Argyle Lower
Argyle: Old Cemetery, Frost’s Corner, Argyle
Argyle: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Frost’s Corner
Argyle Sound: Green Grove Cemetery
Brazil Lake Cemetery
Hilltop Cemetery
Beaver River 1 & 2
Brenton, Crosby Private cemetery
Brooklyn cemetery (inventory)
Brooklyn Cemetery Company
Bunker’s Island Burials
Cedar Lake cemetery
Canaan United Baptist Church Cemetery
Carleton Free Baptist Church
Chebogue Town Point Cemetery
Chegoggin Grave Marker Inventory
Dayton Churchill Cemetery
Darling’s Lake Cemetery Records
Deerfield Cemetery Company
Forest Glen Cemetery Company
Gavelton, Cornelius Memorial Cemetery
Greenlawn Cemetery, Gavelton
Hebron, Brookside Cemetery
Kemptville, Hatfield Memorial Cemetery,
Kemtpville, Old Methodist,
Kemptville (East) Free Baptist
Lake George
Kemptville, Lakeview Cemetery
Main Street (Frost Park), Old Cemetery
Melbourne, Our Lady of Lourdes
Melbourne, Cook Cemetery & Horton Cemetery
Norwood Cemetery Association
Overton, Richard Rose Cemetery
Pembroke Cemetery
Pinkney’s Point Cemetery
Pleasant Lake, Highland Plains

Pleasant Lake Cemetery
Pleasant Lake, Nickerson Family cemetery
Pleasant Vallery, 3rd Yarmouth United Baptist Cemetery
Port Maitland/Beaver River “Island Cemetery” listings, Indexed Jan. 1995
Port Maitland, Old Cemetery
Pubnico Central East, Immaculate Conception
Pubnico East, Old Cemetery
Pubnico East, Pine Grove Cemetery (former Forest Grove)
Pubnico Head, Old Cemetery
Pubnico Head, Laurel Hill Cemetery
Pubnico Lower East, Old Morrissey Cemetery
Pubnico Lower West, Old Cemetery
Pubnico West, St. Pierre’s Cemetery
Quinan, St. Agnes Cemetery
Round Hill Cemetery, Pubnico East
Sandford Cemetery
Short Beach Cemetery
South Ohio Cemetery
Ste. Anne du Ruisseau
Surette’s Island, St. Joseph’s Cemetery
Tusket Cemetery, Tusket
Tusket Lakes Cemetery, Gavelton
Tusket, St. Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery
Wedgeport Volume 1, Markers 1-252, 253-553, 554-715, 716-
Yarmouth Butlers Hill Old Trinity Anglican Cemetery (Church Hill)
Yarmouth Mountain Cemetery
Yarmouth Old Cemetery
Yarmouth St. Ambrose Cemetery

Carleton Free Baptist Church record book
Canaan church
Zion Membership index, 1814-1888
Zion Baptist Church Register, 1889-1908
Holy Trinity baptisms, 1815-1833
Methodist Church, Barrington, baptisms and marriages, 1790-1822
Rev. Jonathan Scott, early marriages 1772-1795, early deaths 1771-1777 (journal)

For more details, contact the Archives by phone at (902) 742-5539 or by email.

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Census Records

We have Census records for Yarmouth County, Shelburne County and Digby County. For more details, contact the Archives.

For more details, contact the Archives by phone at (902) 742-5539 or by email.

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Funeral/Death Records

Sweeney’s Funeral Home
1891 to 1960

Hulkinson’s Funeral Home
1959 to 1995

Pottier Funeral Home

Deaths, burials and probate of Nova Scotians, 1800-1850

Deaths, burials and probate of Nova Scotians, 1749-1799

For more details, contact the Archives by phone at (902) 742-5539 or by email.

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We have Yarmouth Genealogies, Tangled Roots, Crowell, Rankin’s, Doane’s and Brown’s genealogies.

In addition we have genealogies on Yarmouth County families such as Ashe, Bain, Brannen, Bullerwell, Burns, Burell/Burill, Cann, Chandler, Churchill, Chute, Cosman, Crosby, Davis, Denton, Durkee, Eaton, Fevens, Fint, Foote, Goodwin, Goudy, Haggan, haines, Haley, Harris, Hart, Hatfield, Hattie, Hilton, Hogg, Hubbard, Kenney/Kenny, Killam, Landers, Lent, Lewis, Lovitt, McCray, McKay, Moses, Nickerson, Patten, Perry, Pitman, Purdy, Quinn, Raynard, Ross, Sabean, Smith, Trask, Travis, Vickery and Wyman.

Important to note: These are just a few family names that we have information on, however we have genealogy on many more families. To check if we have information about your family, contact the Archives.

For more details, contact the Archives by phone at (902) 742-5539 or by email.

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We have newspapers in both hard copies and microfilm.

Herald/Herald & Telegram: Editions from 1829 to 1960. Please note: we do have a few copies missing from the collection, mainly from the 1940s and 1950s.

The Yarmouth Herald: Editions from 1875 to 1966.

The Telegram: Editions from 1871 to 1915

The Yarmouth Times: Editions from 1883 to 1917

The Daily News: Editions 1896-1897 and 1899

Tribune: Editions from 1857 to 1883

Coast Guard: Edition 1898-1899

The Advertiser: Edition from 1935-1937

The Daily Globe: Edition from 1909

The Light Herald: Editions from 1968 to 1974

The Vanguard: Editions from 1966 to present

For more details, contact the Archives by phone at (902) 742-5539 or by email.

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Vital Statistics

Early Vital Records of the Township of Yarmouth 1762-1811

Nova Scotia Vital Statistics from the newspapers
1769-1812, 1813-1822, 1823-1828, 1829-1834, 1835-1839, 1844-1847, 1848-1851, 1852-1854

Vital statistics
1800s and 1900s

Doane’s Vital Statistics

Alfred DeViller’s book of obituaries

Vital statistics
1991 to 2003

2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

For more details, contact the Archives by phone at (902) 742-5539 or by email.

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Yarmouth Herald
1833, 1837, 1840, 1841, 1843, 1846, 1849, 1850, 1851, 1854, 1857, 1860, 1864, 1866, 1867, 1870, 1873, 1880, 1888, 1890, 1894, 1896, 1897, 1902, 1903, 1907, 1913, 1917

Yarmouth Herald & Telegram
1896-1897, 1898-1899, 1900-1902, 1904, 1906, 1919, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1952, 1953

Daily News

1979 and 1980

Yarmouth Light
1893, 1894, 1896, 1898, 1901, 1902-1903, 1905-1906, 1907-1908, 1909-1910, 1911-1912, 1916-1917, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966

Fullerton Genealogy
Yarmouth Town Directory, 1890
Maps of Yarmouth County Museum
New Englanders in Nova Scotia
Yarmouth Township Book (Births 1760-1811, Deaths 1760-1811, Marriages 1794-1811, Minutes of meetings 1802-1809)
Yarmouth-Argyle, courts of session minute book
Churches by the Sea
Yarmouth Cemetery Records, Brown’s Genealogies, Rankin’s Genealogies
George S. Brown’s Genealogies –only of booklets
Cemeteries of Port Maitland, Record book of burials, 1890-1944
Yarmouth Mountain Cemetery
Bible Society, 2007-17
Places Argyle, Yarmouth register
Cemeteries, Chebogue
Shipping in Yarmouth 1880-1898
Shipping registers
Scrapbook of M. Carle
Yarmouth County births 1864-1872
Yarmouth County births 1873-1877
Yarmouth County marriages 1864-1908
Yarmouth County and Shelburne deaths 1864-1877
Indices to deaths A to Z
Nova Scotia vital stats, birth index A-Z
Nova Scotia vital stats, marriage index, marriage license bonds 1853-1912
Nova Scotia vital stats, marriage index (Inverness, Victoria, Yarmouth), 1864-1918
Census 1861, Yarmouth County
Census 1861, Digby County
Census 1861, Shelburne County
Census 1871, Digby County, Yarmouth County, Plymouth
Census 1871, Tusket, Pubnico, Shelburne County
Census 1871, Annapolis and Digby Counties
Census 1871, Yarmouth County and Town
Census 1881, Yarmouth Town and County, Shelburne County, Plymouth
Census 1881, Pubnico, Digby and Annapolis Counties
Census 1891, Yarmouth County and Town
Census 1891, Shelburne County, Yarmouth County
Census 1891, Cumberland County, Digby Town and County
Census 1891, Weymouth, Digby County, Guysborough County
Census 1901, Digby County
Census 1901, Colchester, Cumberland, Digby
Census 1901, Yarmouth Town, Central and Southern Areas
Census 1901, Shelburne, Yarmouth County, Yarmouth Town (Northern section)
Census 1901, Shelburne and Queens

For more details, contact the Archives by phone at (902) 742-5539 or by email.

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Additional Resources

American passenger arrival records
Annapolis Township Records
Assessment Rolls
Barrington Township Records
Information about Clare (Acadians), Shelburne, Cape Sable, Digby, Kings County and villages of Yarmouth County
Information on Loyalist
Information on ships and captains
Maps, charts, plans and cemetery plots
Mayflower Family Directories
New England Families information
Newsletters from the Corning family and the Durkee family
School records
School yearbooks
Yarmouth County business directories and information

For more details, contact the Archives by phone at (902) 742-5539 or by email.

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