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I am looking for birth records of my father and brothers. They were all born in Halifax, Nova Scotia from 1894 to 1904 to the same parents: Hugh Morgan and Isabella MacLeod Morgan. Could you please advise me what I may do to locate and acquire copies?


By Rhonda McClure, NEHGS Genealogist

Nova Scotia recorded vital statistics, births and deaths from 1864 until 1877 and then didn’t begin again until 1908. There are delayed births for Nova Scotia for births taking place between 1830 and 1912. The Nova Scotia Archives and Records Administration offers an online searchable web site through the Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics If the individuals in question cannot be found on this site, then it is likely that the births were never officially registered with the civil authorities.

However, that does not mean that there isn’t a record alternative that may give you the birth information.

Hugh Morgan and Bella MacLeod were married in Halifax County, Nova Scotia, 18 September 1891 by license. The religion listed on the marriage register is Methodist.

You will want to look for the Methodist churches that may have been in existence when Hugh and Isabella were having their children.

Though both Frank Hedley Morgan and Wilfred David Morgan should have filed draft registration cards, only Wilfred Morgan appears to have a card. His birth date is listed as 27 Jan 1896. It appears, based on the Social Security Death Index that Donald E. Morgan was born 6 February 1901 and Frank Hedley Morgan was born 20 November 1894. You may already have had these dates, but they would prove necessary when trying to get baptismal records on the boys.

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