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

Genealogy & Local History Help

Need guidance on how to trace your family tree or solve a local mystery?

Book a free one‐on‐one consultation and get help in person at Halifax Central Library, Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library, or Sheet Harbour Public Library.

Topics may include:

  • basic "how to" instruction
  • researching a specific ancestor or topic
  • Ancestry Library Edition assistance
  • obituary or newspaper research
  • help with online resources

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call your branch or email asklib@halifaxpubliclibraries.ca .

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.

Local Heritage Resources

Helpful Links