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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: https://mahonebaymuseum.com/research/request-research-aid/
Here are answers to common research questions we are asked!
How can I find out where my ancestors are buried?
- Bayview Cemetery map – an interactive and searchable map of Bayview Cemetery in Mahone Bay https://bit.ly/3xFTKSI
- Find a Grave – worldwide searchable burial locations, often with obituaries, gravestone photos, and other information included https://www.findagrave.com/
- Lunenburg County Burial Index – index of burials in Lunenburg County cemeteries; also available for download https://bit.ly/3xzYoS8
- The museum also has physical copies of Cemetery inscriptions for Lunenburg and Queens counties published by the South Shore Genealogical Society.
Where can I find genealogical information about my family?
- South Shore Genealogical Society http://ssgs.ca/
- Nova Scotia Births, Marriages, and Deaths – a searchable database from the Nova Scotia Archives https://archives.novascotia.ca/vital-statistics/
- Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia Genealogy RootsWeb website – a convenient collection of information about Lunenburg County genealogy perfect for beginner researchers http://sites.rootsweb.com/~canns/lunenburg/index.html
- MemoryNS – archival records from institutions across Nova Scotia https://memoryns.ca/
- FamilySearch – a free alternative to Ancestry.ca https://www.familysearch.org/en/
- Dr. Kenneth S. Paulson’s website featuring several genealogies of Nova Scotia families https://genealogy-paulsen.org/home/novascotian-families/
- WikiTree – a free, collaborative family tree builder https://www.wikitree.com/
- The museum also has physical copies of several Lunenburg County genealogies such as Zwicker, Ernst, Keddy, and many others!
Where can I find more information on the Foreign Protestants?
- ForeignProtestants.com https://explore.foreignprotestant.net/page/who-were-foreign-protestants
Where can I find information on the Mi’kmaq?
- Union of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq https://www.unsm.org/
- Mi’kmaq Holdings Resource Guide from Nova Scotia Archives https://archives.novascotia.ca/mikmaq/
- The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq http://cmmns.com/
- Native Council of Nova Scotia https://www.ncns.ca/
- The museum also has several books accessible via our Research Library.
How can I find out where my ancestors lived?
- Census Returns, Assessment and Poll Tax Records 1767-1838 from the Nova Scotia Archives – a searchable database of early census, property assessment, and poll tax records https://archives.novascotia.ca/census/default.asp
- Census records from Library and Archives Canada https://bit.ly/3wCjuxQ
- 1883 map of Lunenburg County – also available in our archives https://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~200267~3000165:Lunenburg-County-Nova-Scotia-
Where can I find military information about my ancestors?
- Military Service Files from Library and Archives Canada https://bit.ly/3hxPFdv
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 https://mahonebaymuseum.com/collections/reference-library/
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: https://mahonebaymuseum.com/research/request-research-aid/
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:
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
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.