Subject Guide for Genealogy

Music/AV/Microform Room

This department is located on the 3rd floor of the library. Our newspapers and indexes are kept on microfilm in this area. Material may be copied.

The CASKET (Antigonish newspaper), 1852+.

OBITUARY INDEX to the Casket, 1852-1990.
MARRIAGE INDEX for the Casket, 1906-1985.

The Cape Breton Post, 1901+

The Halifax Chronicle Herald, 1877-1918, 1949+

StFX Calendars, Yearbooks, Xaverians, Alumni News, Campus News, Student Directories and Handbooks.
Check Serials List for dates(originals in Archives).

INDEX to the Casket (only information pertaining to StFX), Xaverians, Weeklies, Yearbooks and Calendars, 1895-1972. Vol. 1-3.

MARRIAGE LICENSES of the Province of Nova Scotia, Antigonish County, January 1850 - November 1908.
January 1887 - November 1888 missing.


Only material pertaining to StFX Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Students and Honorary Graduates is found in the Archives. Some good sources are:

  • Alumni Files
  • Faculty and Staff Files
  • StFX Publications and Photographs
  • Clergy files

There is a 25 year closure on corporate records. There is an 85 year closure on personnel and student records. Hours: Monday to Friday from 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm.

Government Documents

This department is located on the 1st floor of the Angus L. Macdonald Library. These are some of the sources located in the Government Documents Department.


Genealogy: A new relationship. 2CP NS AR 8.3
Nova Scotia Genealogical Sources county guide series.
      #1 Halifax Co.
      #2 Kings Co.
      #3 Lunenburg Co.
      #4 Pictou Co.
      #5 Annapolis Co
      #6 Colchester Co.
      #7 Guysborough Co.
      #8 Halifax Co.
2CP NS AR 7.4
Annotated bibliography of Genealogical works in Canada, Vol. 1-6. 2FG SN 3-208 1-6
Nominal Census and Index, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901
(Antigonish, Pictou, Guysborough Counties and all of Cape Breton).
Microform Room
Tracing your ancestors in Canada. 2FG SA 2-42

Reference Books

These books are located in the Reference Area across from the
Circulation Desk. Browse in the REF CR - REF CS, REF FC area.
The Atlantic Canadians 1600-1900.
Index of names of people who lived in Atlantic Canada 1600-1900
      1) who they were
      2) occupations
      3) where they lived
      4) where to look for additional material
REF CS 88 A8 A8
Passenger and Immigration Lists Index.
(A guide to arrival records of 300,000 passengers
who came to the U.S. and Canada in the 17th,18th and
19th centuries
REF CS 68 P361
Nova Scotians at Home and abroad. REF FC 2305 M37
Family names of the island of Newfoundland. REF CS 2509 N48 S4
Fairbairn's crests of the families of Great Britain and Ireland. REF CR 57 G7 F2
Irish families. REF CS 498 M3
Scottish family history. REF CS 463 S88 l983

Fr. Charles Brewer Celtic Collection
This is on the 3rd floor of the library, in the Hall of the Clans. There are works relating to Celtic history, literature and language as well as a collection of Nova Scotiana.

View the hours of the Fr. Charles Brewer Celtic Collection.