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Lauren Oostveen

"I love history! Since 2007 I've worked at the Nova Scotia Archives, one of the oldest archival institutions in Canada. Every day I get to l learn about the province's past and share those stories with people."

Halifax and the RMS Titanic

Fri, 15 Apr 2011 | No Comments

The loss of the White Star Liner RMS Titanic needs no introduction for anyone alive today. On its maiden voyage in 1912 the great vessel suffered irreversible damage, after a glancing blow from an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on 14 April 1912 opened five water-tight compartments to the in-rushing sea. At 2:20 a.m. the following day, 15 April, the technological marvel of the Edwardian Age sank.

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The Irish in Nova Scotia

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 | No Comments

You can find the Irish among the first settlers in almost any community in this province

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My Nova Scotian Family Contest

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 | No Comments

Have a little last-minute shopping to take care of? Here at the archives, we think that family vital statistics records make great gifts--and want to give one away!Here's how you win:1) Go to novascotiagenealogy.com and find the birth, death,...

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Another 'Roots' Story!

Fri, 26 Nov 2010 | No Comments

The Discover Your Nova Scotia Roots contest has just about wrapped up, so I thought I'd point out another one of my favourite entries!This story comes from Sharon of Mills River, NC:"I'm extremely proud of my Nova Scotia roots! When...

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Discover Your Nova Scotia Roots

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 | 1 comment

The Discover Your Nova Scotia Roots Contest has reached its mid-way point, and I'm finding myself constantly checking back to see what the folks entering are saying. We asked entrants to answer one question: why do you think you have...

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Wed, 03 Nov 2010 | No Comments

Unidentified seated lady, ca. 1910 (Notman Studios).So many photos in the archives are, sadly, unidentified. I often hope that someone will stumble across one of these nameless photos and see the face of a relative. If you're looking for...

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Night at the Archives

Tue, 12 Oct 2010 | Comments (2)

The artifacts don't come to life (I think), but there will be some cool things happening at the Public Archives Building this Saturday evening. We're taking part in the third annual Nocturne: Art at Night festival.

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Discovering the History of Your Nova Scotian Home

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 | 1 comment

Who built this house? When? How did they furnish it? What were their lives like? Who was the first person to own this piece of land? What were its original measurements and boundaries? How did it change shape and ownership over the years? When was a house first built on it? What did the neighbourhood look like then?

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Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics Update

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 | Comments (2)

Here's the breakdown of the added records: Births (1909): 14,387 records Marriages (1934): 3,932 records Deaths (1959): 6,374 records

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Adventures Along The Cabot Trail

Mon, 05 Jul 2010 | No Comments

These photos were taken by Clara Dennis (1881-1958), one of the provinceĀ“s first travel writers, and the first woman to write extensively about Nova Scotia from a personal perspective...

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