Roots to the Past: Local History & Genealogy
Welcome to the Halifax Public Libraries’ local history and genealogy resources. Check out our Virtual Archives, Tours, Genealogy Databases, Collections, and Local Heritage Resources to discover your unique Nova Scotia heritage.
Find a Local Group or Organization
- The Library and Community Archives NEW!
- Books of Remembrance
- The Halifax Explosion: North Branch Memorial Library
- Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library - 50th Anniversary
- Video Tour of Local History & Genealogy Service
- The Halifax Literary Walking Tour
- Titanic, the Halifax Connection (self-guided tour)
- Ancestry Library Edition
Available at all library branches. Free access to Canadian, United States, United Kingdom and other international genealogical primary records.
- Routes to Your Roots
Routes to Your Roots provides access to the Historic Nova Scotia Vital Statistics database, surname settlement patterns, genealogy forums, trip planners, Nova Scotia archives, museums and libraries.
- Acadia and the Acadians (PDF)
- African Heritage
- Canadian Naval Centennial
- Black History & the War of 1812 (PDF)
L'histoire des Noirs & la guerre de 1812 (PDF)
- Explosion In Halifax Harbour, December 6, 1917 (PDF)
- HRM Historic Communities (PDF)
- Lest We Forget
- Mi'kmaq Resources
- Researching Local History
- The Sinking of the Titanic (PDF)
- Starting Your Family Tree