Questions?  The KINGS COUNTY MUSEUM will remain closed until the restrictions imposed by the provincial government and Health NS are rescinded, and the government/Health NS sets a date allowing the reopening of public institutions and public gatherings. We are accepting queries  but please note that as our museum genealogical archives remain closed our researchers will be limited to private resources available in their homes. It will not be possible for all queries to be answered at this time. We look forward to re-opening our archives when it is safe to do so.

Contact Judy Norton our genealogy committee chairperson.


Thanks to the efforts of many dedicated volunteers, the Kings Historical Society has accumulated extensive archives. These can be divided into two broad areas: community history and family history (genealogy).

Routes to your Roots video

This video was produced by the Council of Nova Scotia Archives and highlights some of our museum’s resources.

Community History

Anyone looking for information or photographs on just about any community in Kings Co., Nova Scotia will almost certainly find something of interest in our archives. We have books, newspaper articles, photographs, personal reminiscences etc. etc. all of which can be viewed in the Community and Family History area on the lower level of the museum in Kentville. One of our volunteers is digitizing the photo collection and some of these images can be viewed on the Gallery page.

Family History

For the genealogist or family history researcher, we have a wealth of information including:

  • Large collection of published works on various families and related subjects.
  • Approximately 900 file folders on individual families and many family binders.
  • Over 180 rolls of microfilm containing: births, marriages, deaths, census records, township books, and other statistics relating to Kings County and Nova Scotia.
  • Gravestone inscriptions for the 100 cemeteries in Kings County in four binders including a master index.
  • Many indexes and information assembled by members of the Family History Committee to help you find your family roots.

Online resources

Below you can find indexes to our archive documents. More detailed information is available for purchase on CD; please take a look in our online shop.
The files below relate to Kings County records.
Kings County Census 1871 – 1881, 1891 – 1901.
Kings County Cemeteries Records.
Kings County Marriages 1864 – 1909 & Annapolis Valley Births & Deaths 1864 – 1877.
Kings County Deeds 1764 – 1951.
Kings County Probate Records 1785 – 1950.
Acadian Church Records 1680 -1757 & Acadian Census 1671 – 1758. 

Phil Volger’s Roots Web This site is a compilation of newspaper articles, images, documents and many other forms of historical data relating mainly to the Bay of Fundy and the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada. Appreciate the information gathered on Roots Web? Please consider donating to the Kings County Museum.

Property on Line    Property Online (POL) is an internet browser application that provides online access to land ownership and related information collected through the province’s Land Registration Offices and other sources. Search requests accepted for historical and genealogical purposes only.


Tombstone Photographs

The Community and Family History Committee is now accepting requests to photograph tombstones anywhere in Kings County.
The cost will be $20.00 and will include a picture of the tombstone, plus pictures of any other side of the stone that has markings different from the front. It will also include a close up of any print or symbols on the stone.
Additional tombstone photographs (in the same cemetery, at the same time) will cost an additional $3.00 each per stone. Prints will be sent via email or regular mail.
To order photographs, please e-mail us providing as much detail as possible.

Monthly Meetings

The Genealogy and Family History Committee meets on the second Wednesday  of each month at 1:30 pm in the Museum’s lower level. For further information, contact Judy Norton at committee chairperson.