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Friday, March 30, 2007

Nova Scotia Releases Some Early Records

This is from another site to which I belong. Perhaps it will be of
value of to you in your genealogy quest.


The following was released to the press on 27 March 2007:

FamilySearch News Release
27 March 2007

One Million Historical Names from Canada Go Online

Nova Scotia Releases Early Birth, Marriage, and Death Records

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH-Early vital records of Nova Scotia, Canada, are
viewable over the Internet for the first time and for free, thanks to a
joint project by the Genealogical Society of Utah, FamilySearch, and the
Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management (NSARM). The records
include one
million names found in birth records from 1864 to 1877, marriages from
to 1930, and death records from 1864 to 1877 and 1908 to 1955. Users can
search the database at www.novascotiagenealogy,com

Nova Scotia is the first province in Canada to digitize all of its
historical vital statistics and make them available online. "This
provides key information to researchers on their ancestors," said
Genealogical Society of Utah regional manager Alain Allard. "It
involves the
vital records-births, marriages, and deaths-which are a key record set
find, identify, and link ancestors into family units."

The Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU) first microfilmed most of Nova
Scotia's vital records back in the 1980s. In 2005, GSU used FamilySearch
Scanning to convert those microfilms to digital images, while at the
time capturing additional vital records with a specially designed
camera. Volunteers for the Nova Scotia Archives then used the images to
create the searchable electronic index, which was completed in 2006.

Anyone can now search names in the index and view a high quality digital
copy of the original image online for free at NSARM's Web site,
www.novascotiagenea In the near future, the index and images
also be available on FamilySearch. org. Researchers who want to obtain
official copy of a record can do so online through the Nova Scotia
The cost will be CAN$9.95 for an electronic file and CAN$19.95, plus
shipping and taxes, for paper copies.

Nova Scotia Provincial Archivist, W. Brian Speirs, said the cooperation
GSU was crucial to this important project. "Without the Genealogical
of Utah offering in the early days of the project to provide
digitization of all the records as their contribution to the
initiative, the
proposed undertaking would have been dead in the water and gone
Speirs said.

FamilySearch is the public channel of the Genealogical Society of Utah
(GSU), a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ
Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch maintains the world's largest
repository of
genealogical resources accessed through FamilySearch. org, the Family
History Library in Salt Lake City, and over 4,500 family history
centers in
70 countries.

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