Canada, Nova Scotia—Births, 1837–1907

Project Instructions

About This Project

  • This project includes two record types:
    1. Birth Registrations (to be indexed)
    2. Supporting Documentation (not to be indexed)
  • Birth Registration records will have one of the following titles:
    1. Application for Registration of Birth
    2. Delayed Registration of Birth
  • Supporting Documentation may include:
    1. Birth or Baptism Certificates
    2. Census Records
    3. Declarations of Birth
    4. Family Registers
    5. Handwritten statements or letters
    6. There may be other record types not listed here
  • Only index the Birth Registration records.
  • Mark all supporting documentation as No Extractable Data Image in the Image Type field.
  • The records are digital copies of the originals.

Read the Instructions

  • Please read these project instructions carefully before indexing any batches.
  • Review this page and the field helps frequently for updates to the instructions.
  • Click here for a summary of project updates.

Sample Images to be Indexed

Sample Images NOT to be Indexed

Number of Records per Image

  • The data-entry area is set at one record per image. If an image has more than one record, you will need to add enough records in the data-entry area to match the number of records on the image. To add records:
    1. In the menu bar, click Tools.
    2. Click Records per Image.
    3. Click in the Number of records box, and type the number of records on the image.
    4. Click OK.


  • Overlays, often Non-Official Birth and Baptism Certificates or Supporting Documentation are attached to many records. Do not index these records. These images should be marked as No Extractable Data Image.
  • Overlays often cover birth registration records. In these cases, a separate image was usually taken with the overlay removed. Therefore, do not try to index the data from the page that is covered by the overlay. 
  • Carefully read each overlay. If it contains an amendment or correction to the Delayed Birth Registration, index the record with the corrected data.

Handwriting Help

  • Most of these records are handwritten. The handwriting resource on the data-entry screen may help you decipher difficult handwriting.
  • To access this resource, click the Handwriting Help icon (an inkwell with an orange feather quill).

Additional Information