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Halifax, NS Deaths 1890-1908

Halifax Death Registers
By Lois K. Yorke, Manager, Public Services
Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management

In 1884 the government of Canada began a program to collect death
statistics from major Canadian cities. The program continued in Halifax until 1908, when the government of Nova Scotia assumed responsibility for the registration of deaths in the province.

Two registers for the City of Halifax have survived from this federal
project, totaling 457 pages. They cover the years 1890-1908 and include 17,890 entries. In 2004 they were transferred to Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management (NSARM) from the Vital Statistics Office of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Records for the years 1884-89 appear not to have survived. Over the winter of 2004-2005, volunteers from the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia worked with NSARM staff to develop an electronic database index for the two surviving registers.

The database index is now available online in fully searchable format,
along with the two registers, fully digitized. Names appearing in the
database are directly linked to their corresponding pages in the
registers. Register pages can be examined in detail using the Viewpoint Media Player and Internet Explorer.

Death Registers for the City of Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1890-1908, are
nowon the Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management website, at:

Regardless of your computer platform, in order to zoom in/out on the images, you'll need to install the VIEWPOINT Viewer, which will automatically prompt you to download if it's not already installed on your computer.

You will need to use I.E. You can zoom in and print the page in pieces (left half, then right half, etc.). In Netscape you can view the images, but they won't print from a PC or Mac. The only work around for Netscape PC users is the do a screen shot (shift + printscreen) then paste into another program like Word or Paint, and print from there. Ugh.

These images printed fine BEFORE I installed Viewpoint, now they won't print at all on either browser. The only work around is to do a screen shot (Shift + Apple + 3) or (Shift + Apple + 4), then print out the page from Preview. If you don't install Viewpoint, you cannot zoom in, and since the images are pretty small, the zoom feature is nice to have. So, bite the bullet and use the screen shots to print.

- Lisa B. Lee, PLCGS
Oakland, CA

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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