Roots to the Past: Local History & Genealogy

Local History and GenealogyWelcome 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.


Library & Community Archives

Find a Local Group or Organization

Virtual Archives


Genealogy Databases

  • 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 RootsRoutes 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.

Local Heritage Resources

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