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24 February 2020

Looking Back, Moving Forward: Documenting the Heritage of African Nova Scotians

Nova Scotia has been home to people of African descent for over 400 years, centuries marked by struggle, accomplishment and the formation of thriving communities. Our latest resource, ‘Looking Back, Moving Forward: Documenting the Heritage of African Nova Scotians’ brings together vast collections of material, digitized in their entirety, exploring settlement patterns, community development and achievement within the African Nova Scotian community.

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09 December 2019

Dr. George Edward Buckley

Dr. George Buckley practiced as a physician in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia for 69 years. Consists of business records in daybooks and ledgers and photographs of family members, including himself.

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10 October 2019

Royal Commission on the Donald Marshall Jr. Prosecution

Exhibits, witness testimony, and other records offer a window into a justice system unprepared and unwilling to accommodate the legal needs of First Nations and other cultural groups. This collection is vitally important, both for its vindication of wrongfully-convicted Marshall Jr., and for its role in shaping the Canadian and Nova Scotian justice systems we know today.

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24 September 2019

Vital Statistics Annual Update

An additional 26,770 historical vital statistics are waiting for you on! These records were released on 31 December 2018 and since then have been digitized, fully indexed and checked for quality control. This year's accruals include 13,983 births (1918), 6,155 marriages (1943) and 6,632 deaths (1968). As usual, the birth records include some 'delayed' entries for individuals born in 1918 (or earlier) but not registered until a later date. Happy searching!

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17 April 2019


Transcribe is the Nova Scotia Archives’ collaborative online workspace where the public can participate in enhancing access to our collections documenting over 300 years of Nova Scotia history, people, and culture. This is a great opportunity for participants to deeply experience our collections and transcribe hand-written historical materials.