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==Historical Background==
In 1871, the largest religious denominations were Protestant with 103,500 (27%); Roman Catholic with 102,000 (26%); Baptist with 73,295 (19%); Anglican with 55,124 (14%); Methodist with 40,748 (10%), Lutheran with 4,958 (1.3%); and Congregationalist with 2,538 (0.65%).[ Wikipedia]
==Information Found in the Records==
To effectively use church records, become familiar with their content. Click on these links to learn about a specific record type:
==Finding the Records==
===Look for online records.===
''',, and can be searched free of charge at your local [ family history center] or the [ Family History Library] in Salt Lake City, Utah.
*[ Church Records at Nova Scotia Archives]*[ Church Listings by County at Nova Scotia Genealogy Records Online] *[ Nova Scotia Church Records Links at Mary's Genealogical Treasures]====Indexes====*''1661'1702-19591896''' - {{RecordSearch|15206041810407|CanadaNova Scotia, Births and Baptisms, 16611702-19591896}} Index only, index.*'''16611711-19491909''' - {{RecordSearch|15206081810409|Canada, Nova Scotia Marriages, 16611711-19491909}} Index only, index. *'''16641720-19552001''' - {{RecordSearch|1520609|Canada Deaths and Burials, 1664-1955}} Index only.===Online Records===*{{RecordSearch|1925428|Nova Scotia, Church Records, 1720-2001}} Index and images. *'''1727-1884''' - {{RecordSearch|13925072365251|Nova Scotia, Antigonish Catholic DioceseChurch and Civil Records, 18231727-19051884}} Index and images, index. ====Catholic====*'''1695-1954''' - [ '''Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954'''] ($) (Ancestry). *'''1823-1905''' - [ Nova Scotia, Canada, Antigonish Catholic Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1823-1905], index and images, ($). ====The Drouin Collection====*'''16951823-19541905''' - [ '''Early U.S. French {{RecordSearch|1392507|Nova Scotia, Antigonish Catholic Church RecordsDiocese, 16951823-1954'''] ($) (Ancestry)1905}} Index and images.
*'''1757-1946''' - [ '''Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1757-1946''']], index and images, ($)
====Dutch Reformed====
*'''1856-1970''' - [ U.S., Dutch Christian Reformed Church Vital Records, 1856-1970], index and images, incomplete.($)
*'''1856-1970''' - [ U.S., Dutch Christian Reformed Church Membership Records, 1856-1970], index and images, incomplete.($)
===Look for digital copies of church records listed in the FamilySearch Catalog. ===
[[File:Family History Library.jpg|right|thumb|<center>'''Family History Library'''<br>'''Salt Lake City, Utah'''</center>]]
*The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] (FHL) has microfilmed and/or digitized records for churches in the Canada.
*Online church records can be listed in the FamilySearch Catalog under Prince Edward Island, the county, or a town.
*Because the churches gave copies of their records to the government for civil registration, search under both thhe '''"Church records"''' and '''"Civil registration"''' topics.
*If you find a record that has not yet been digitized, see [ '''How do I request that a microfilm be digitized?''']
*Some records might have viewing restrictions, and can only be viewed at a [ '''Family History Center'''] near you, and/or by members of supporting organizations.
*To find records:
:::a. Click on the [ '''records of Canada, Nova Scotia'''].
:::b. Click on the '''"Church records"''' and '''"Civil registration"''' topics. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
:::c. Or, click on '''Places within Canada, Nova Scotia''' at the top of the page, and a list of provinces will appear.
:::d. Click on your province.
:::e. Click on the '''"Church records"''' and '''"Civil registration"''' topics. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
:::f. Next, click on '''Places within Canada, Nova Scotia, [COUNTY]''' and a list of towns will appear.
:::g. Click on your town if it appears, or the location which you believe was the parish which served your town or village.
:::h. Click on the '''"Church records"''' and '''"Civil registration"''' topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
:::i. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the listing for the record. [[File:FHL icons.png|75px]]. The magnifying glass indicates that the record is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the records.
===Consult available finding aids.===
'''These aids generally provide lists of records that are known to exist and information on their location.'''
*[ '''Locality index to church records in the Public Archives of Nova Scotia collection, ca. 1750-1940's''']
===Correspond with or visit the actual churches.===
Some records are still held in the local churches. Contact the current minister to find out what records are still available.
*'''Make an appointment''' to look at the records. Or ask the minister of the church to make a copy of the record for you.
*To find church staff available, you might have to visit on Sunday.
*Ask for small searches at a time, such as one birth record or a specific marriage. Never ask for "everything on a family or surname".
*A '''donation''' ($25-$40) for their time and effort to help you would be appropriate.
*If the church has a website, you may be able to '''e-mail a message'''.
*See the [[Letter Writing Guide for Genealogy|'''Letter Writing Guide for Genealogy''']] for help with composing letters.
*[ '''Canadian Church Directory''']
*Each [[Canada Church Records#Searching for Church Records by Denomination|'''denomination page''']] offers an [[Canada Church Records#Searching for Church Records by Denomination|'''online address directory of local churches''']] for that denomination.
===Check the church records collections in archives and libraries.===
Some church records have been deposited for preservation in government archives or in libraries. Watch for links to '''digitized, online records''' offered by the archives. Some archives provide '''research services''' for a fee. For others, if you cannot visit in person, you might hire a researcher.<br>
<span style="color:DarkViolet">'''Here you will find archive information unique to the province. Many more archives are kept by denomination. For denominational archives, go to [[United States Church Records#Searching for Church Records by Denomination|'''Searching for Church Records by Denomination.''']]</span>
====Provincial Archives====
[ '''Nova Scotia Archives''']<br>
6016 University Avenue<br>
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 1W4<br>
Tel: 902-424-6060<br>
Fax: 902-424-0628<br>
*[ '''Genealogy Guide''']
*[ '''Reference and Research''']
*[ '''Church Records Search Engine''']
*[ '''Hiring a Researcher''']
==== Anglican ====
[ '''Diocese of Nova Scotia''']<br>Attention: Archivist<br>5732 College Street<br>Halifax, NS B3H 1X3<br>CANADA<br>Telephone: 902-420-0717<br>Fax: 902-425-0717
::The Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council/Regional Council 15 Archives is mandated to collect, preserve, and provide access to the records of the Maritime, Gaspé, and Bermuda regions of the The United Church of Canada. We also have pre-1925 records of the Presbyterian, Methodist, and Congregational congregations in the Maritimes and Gaspé which joined The United Church of Canada in 1925.
==Go to the Wiki article for your ancestors' denomination to find more archives. ==
There are frequently additional, nationwide or regional archives for each denomination. Find the article for your ancestors' denomination and follow the instructions there to access these sources. This is especially important if local archives are not given above.
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==Correspond with genealogical or historical societies.==
Some church records have been given to historical societies. Also, historical societies may be able to tell you where the records are being held. To find a society near you, consult these lists:
*[ '''Society Hill List of Canada Societies''']<br>
==Carefully compare any record you find to known facts about the ancestor==
You will possibly find many different people with the '''same name as your ancestor,''' especially when a family stayed in a locality for several generations, and several children were named after the '''grandparents or aunts and uncles'''. Be prepared to find the correct church records by organizing in advance as many of these exact details about the ancestor '''as possible''':
*'''name''', including '''middle name and maiden name'''
*names of all '''spouses''', including middle and maiden name
*exact or closely estimated '''dates of birth, marriage, and death'''
*names and approximate birthdates of '''children'''
*all known places of '''residence'''
*'''military''' service details
[[File:Dark_thin_font_green_pin_Version_4.png|50px]]'''Carefully evaluate''' the church records you find to make sure you have really found records for your ancestor and not just a '''"near match"'''. If one or more of the details do not line up, be careful about accepting the entry as your ancestor. There are guiding principles for deciding how to resolve discrepancies between records that are seemingly close. For more instruction in evaluating evidence, read the Wiki article, [[Evaluate the Evidence|'''Evaluate the Evidence'''.]]
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