Yes there are more and more records being added to Ancestry.ca. One of the latest additions are the Land Petitions for Nova Scotia from 1765-1800. It is a searchable database where you can put in a name, place of land record, year or a keyword search. Loyalists of all types of backgrounds can be found in this database as well as others who became British subjects including Acadians, French Canadians and others who served the King during the latter part of the Revolutionary War. Now if you have a proper name you can narrow down your search considerably. For fun I put in just the year 1765, restricting it to that year and came up with three hits. That is three different individuals that petitioned for land in that year. Two of the men went by the last name of Binney and the third was Doggett. The two Binney men were connected to land in Guysborough and the third man had ties to land in Queens. What is really neat is that if you click on the View Record tab you are given a further description of the land that was involved with that petition. Doggett was apparently interested in roughly 500 acres of land on what was called Port Mutton Island. One is also able to view the actual document with a link to the Nova Scotia Archives website. There you are able to click and view the scanned image of the actual document. There were two documents attached to this file. One was a Draft Grant and one was a License to Occupy. It is very interesting to be able to view such documents as at one time only handfuls of people delved into such records not realizing the genealogical value in these records. However, knowing where a person lived is a big part of genealogical work, which can help narrow down searches for ancestors, especially ones with common names.
Some other data collections that Ancestry.ca has put on their website for Nova Scotia includes Births 1836-1910, Marriages 1763-1935, Deaths 1864-1960 in all there are 464 databases available for Nova Scotia here. If you search Nova Scotia in the card catalogue section of their search criteria you will be shown this list of databases via a descriptive title, type of collection it is, the number of records linked with each database, whether the database is new or has been recently updated and a clickable link to a specific database. You may notice that some of these databases have ties with other provinces including Tanguay’s book of Quebec families and the 1851 census for Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. There are even overlaps of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in some databases as New Brunswick was part of Nova Scotia until 1784. This is important to note no matter where you are doing your research. It is always important to understand the history and geography of your ancestors’ residence so that you know what records were created at what time and for what. That way you will know whether a record is worth looking for, where it can be found and what type of information you may be able to find in the record. One final thing to remember when researching your ancestors in Nova Scotia or from anywhere for that matter, if you are using Ancestry.ca as one of your tools don’t forget to visit often and double check and triple check as Ancestry.ca is always adding new databases and updating older ones constantly. I am doing this consistently and thrilled with the results.
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Tammy Tipler-Priolo BASc, PLCGS
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