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Death Registrations ~ 1864-1877; 1908-1962

Civil registration of deaths in Nova Scotia began in 1864, continued to 1877, then lapsed until 1908, when the province resumed record-keeping. Registrations for 1864-1877 are incomplete. There are two registers for the City of Halifax 1890-1908. Since 1 October 1908, the records have been maintained without interruption.

Death registrations normally include the following information, although many details will be missing from the early records:

•  surname and given name
•  sex
•  date of death
•  place of death
•  date of birth
•  age
•  place of birth
•  residence
•  occupation
•  marital status
•  name of spouse
•  name of father
•  name of mother
•  name of attending physician
•  name of funeral director
•  disposition
•  place of disposition
•  name of informant
•  address of informant
•  relationship to deceased
•  date of registration
•  registration number
•  date of issue



There are two options for ordering copies of the Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics:

•  electronic copies, immediately available for you to download. You will also receive an e-mail containing the links to your electronic purchase; these links remain active for 3 days, so that you can download and save your order. The electronic copies are superb quality, high-resolution jpeg image files – 4 times' higher resolution than what is displayed online.
•  paper copies, normally processed within two business days of order receipt and sent to your mailing address via regular postal service. These are high quality, laser-printed on bond paper, certified and embossed.




1864-1877

•  Records are available online at www.novascotiagenealogy.com

•  Records are in ledger form, with many entires spread across two facing pages.
 Click here to view an image sample of an electronic copy.
 Click here to view an image of a sample certified paper copy.



1890-1908 (City of Halifax only)

•  Records are available online at www.novascotiagenealogy.com

•  Records are in ledger form, with many entires spread across two facing pages.



1 October 1908-1962

•  Records are available online at www.novascotiagenealogy.com

•  Records from 1908 to 1919 are in ledger form, with six (6) entries on each page.
 Click here to view an image sample of an electronic copy.
 Click here to view an image of a sample certified paper copy.
•  Records from 1919 to 1962 are single-page registrations forms.
 Click here to view an image sample of an electronic copy.
 Click here to view an image of a sample certified paper copy.



1963-present

•  Records remain under the control of Vital Statistics, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Please contact them for further assistance.





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