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Vital Statistics NSARM
Marriage Records 1940 to the present before 1940
Death Records 1965 to the present before 1965

Birth Records

Province wide recording began again on January 1, 1909 and continues to the present day. Birth records are retained by Vital Statistics for a period of 100 years.

Marriage Records

Marriage Records by County and Year to 1939 held at Nova Scotia Archives
Annapolis, 1908 Guysborough, 1906 Pictou, 1917
Antigonish, 1910 Halifax, 1916 Queens, 1910
Cape Breton, 1912 Hants, 1916 Richmond, 1918
Colchester, 1914 Inverness, 1908 Shelburne, 1908
Cumberland, 1913 Kings, 1909 Victoria, 1918
Digby, 1909 Lunenburg, 1908 Yarmouth, 1908

Death Records

Civil death registrations were recorded in Nova Scotia between 1864 and 1876, and began again on October 1, 1908. Death records of persons who died before 1965 are held at the Nova Scotia Archives.

All death records are retained by the office of Vital Statistics for a period of 50 years.

Notes on Genealogy Research:

Birth certificates of deceased persons born less than 100 years ago or married less than 75 years ago cannot be issued for genealogy.

Death certificates can be released if the death occurred more than 20 years ago and the deceased would be 75 years of age or more.

A search of records covers a three year period and includes the year prior to and the year following the date of the event provided in your application. If a record is not located, a search fee will be charged. If the record is located and a certificate is issued, the search fee is included in the cost of the certificate. Additional years can be searched, a search fee will be charged for each three year increment.

Please include proof of your identify (i.e., a copy of your driver's license, birth or baptism certificate) with your initial request.

Other sources of genealogical information include church records, records kept in family Bibles, and records held by the Genealogical Society of Utah, (50 East North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150, U.S.A.), where a multitude of records have been compiled by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS). Visit the LDS website for a list of Family History Centres in Nova Scotia.

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