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Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Record Description
Record Type Church
Collection years 1823-1905
Languages English, Latin, French Word List|French
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Antigonish Catholic Diocese


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains church records for the years 1823-1905; dates vary for each parish. In this set of parish registers, the births or baptisms, marriages, and deaths or burials are usually entered in separate volumes. A few volumes have intermixed entries; some are indexed. Early registers are written in paragraph format, while later registers are pre-printed with the information filled in by hand in each column. On August 23, 1886, the see was moved from Arichat to the town of Antigonish and the diocese became the Diocese of Antigonish. The diocese covers seven counties in northeastern Nova Scotia: Richmond, Inverness, Victoria, Cape Breton, Antigonish, Pictou and Guysborough. Catholic records are traditionally kept on the parish level so the registers are usually found at the church where the event occurred. Based on statistics from the 1901 Canadian census, around 28% of the population of Nova Scotia was Catholic and 58% of the Catholics in Nova Scotia lived in the Diocese of Antigonish. About 68% of the pre-1906 parishes in the diocese are included in this record set.

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

Some of these records are in Latin or French. For help with reading the records, see the following resources:

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Nova Scotia, Antigonish Catholic Diocese 1823-1905.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Baptism

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Child's name and date of birth
  • Names of parents
  • Names of godparents

Marriage

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of the groom and bride
  • Names of witnesses

Death

  • Date and place of death and burial
  • Name and age of deceased
  • Birthplace of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Officiating priest
  • Name of cemetery

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The name of a relative or date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

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  1. Select County
  2. Select Town
  3. Select Parish
  4. Select Event Type to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • If available, check the image for additional information
  • Analyze the entry to see if it provides additional clues to find other records of the person or their family
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Consult the Nova Scotia Record Finder to find other records
  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This can help you find possible relatives
  • Search the records of nearby areas
  • Check for other names. An individual might appear under an unexpected name for a variety of reasons:
    • They might have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name
    • A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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