Research Resources

Are you looking for:

Genealogy information on one of the 1754 settler families of Mahone Bay? – Click Here
Information on a house in the area? – Click here
Ships built in Mahone Bay Area – Click Here
Mahone Bay area history books – Click here

Want to submit a research request by donation?
Complete an online form here:

Here are answers to common research questions we are asked!

1. How can I find out where my ancestors are buried?

  • Bayview Cemetery map – an interactive and searchable map of Bayview Cemetery in Mahone Bay 
  • Find a Grave – worldwide searchable burial locations, often with obituaries, gravestone photos, and other information included 
  • Lunenburg County Burial Index – index of burials in Lunenburg County cemeteries; also available for download 
  • The museum also has physical copies of Cemetery inscriptions for Lunenburg and Queens counties published by the South Shore Genealogical Society.

2. Where can I find genealogical information about my family?

3. Where can I find more information on the Foreign Protestants?

5. Where can I find information on the Mi’kmaq?

6. How do I make a family tree?

7. How can I find out where my ancestors lived?

8. Where can I find military information about my ancestors?

The museum also has copies of many books to aid in your local history and genealogical research! A full list of books in our possession can be found here

The museum has a research room that is usually available to all visitors during our open hours. Due to Covid, staff will now bring books and files downstairs to you by request.  The research room contains a small reference library with books available for visitor use on site.

Need research aid? To submit a research request to the museum, please visit:
We will do our best to reply to your research requests in a timely manner. Please be advised that the museum operates seasonally and research requests submitted during the winter months may not receive a response until the spring. We thank you for your patience and interest in local history!

Here are some links you may find useful:

Archives Canada
Canadian Archival Information Network. Your gateway to Canada’s past.

Association of Nova Scotia Museums
Formerly the Federation of Nova Scotian Heritage. The Association of Nova Scotia Museums, using a consultative regional representative model, proactively champions museums through education, outreach, networking and advocacy to achieve excellence.

C.H.I.N. (Canadian Heritage Information Network)
C.H.I.N.’s virtual exhibit, “Germany-Canada Migration,” will be of particular interest to those who want to learn about the settlement of Lunenburg County.

Council of Nova Scotia Archives

Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia 

Genealogy Website of Dr. Kenneth S. Paulsen
This carefully researched site has genealogical information about many Nova Scotia families.

Halifax Municipal Archives

Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia

Historical Vital Statistics
Search birth, marriage, and death records online.

Lloyd’s Register of Ships Online 
Access the historical Lloyd’s Register of Ships online, a wonderful resource for researchers!


Nova Scotia Archives

Nova Scotia Museum

Nova Scotia GenWeb Project – Lunenburg County
Ships lists of the Foreign Protestants and more!

South Shore Genealogical Society
Tracing your roots back to Lunenburg County? Give this site a try!

Southwest Nova Scotia Genealogy Circuit

Other Links:

Mahone Bay Area Chamber of Commerce
Learn more about our beautiful town.

Town of Mahone Bay
The Town of Mahone Bay website. There’s lots going on in this small town! Residents and visitors alike are delighted with the variety of ways to play, work, exercise, learn and have fun in Mahone Bay.