Genealogy Services

! Please note that due to the COVID-19 virus research in our genealogy centre is by appointment only. Please see below for how to book an appointment!

Our library contains a large variety of resources including family histories, local newspapers, graveyard headstone inscriptions, school registers, community histories, maps, photographs, etc.

Our genealogy room's location and hours of operation are exactly the same as our museum. Operating seasonally and closed during the winter.

Fees and Facilities

Researching your family tree? Curious about some of the characters and sites that make Windsor famous?

Please note that research fees are one of our fundraising methods to keep up with maintenance costs on our building.

There is a charge of $10 per hour for non-members (free for members) who come to the Society for research.

Booking Research Time in Our Research Centre

The West Hants Historical Society Research Centre will be open between 9-5 daily on Tuesdays-Saturdays from 30 June 2020-29 August by appointment only.

*September through November, and mid-March through June, our hours of operation are Wednesdays only. We are closed mid-December to mid-March.

The maximum time allotted per session will be two (2) hours.

There are three ways to book an appointment:

Here is the information we will need from you:

  • your full name
  • phone number
  • email address if applicable
  • date and time requested
  • the type of research you wish to conduct*
  • general information on the subject matter *

*this information will enable our staff to have pertinent material selected for you.

Please note that when you arrive at the Research Centre on the day of your appointment, you will be required to:

  • sign in and out on our register
  • sign a simple form stating that you have read and understood our COVID-19 safety protocols and agree to comply with them.

For more information please contact us at info@westhantshistoricalsociety.ca or phone 902 798 4706

Hired Research Services

For research requests sent to the Society, there is an initial 15-minute FREE search to see if we have any references pertaining to the surname in question.

Research fees:

  • $20.00 for the first two hours
  • $20.00 per hour afterwards

*Applicable photocopying charges will also be charged.

Anyone interested in any part of our collection, or those who have a specific research question, are encouraged to email our Research volunteers .

Our Resources


  • Hants Co. Census Records - 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901
  • Windsor Tribune Newspapers
  • Hants Journal
  • Windsor Tribune

Family Genealogies

    • Muriel Russell Sivwright
    • Mrs. Roy Boyd
    • Edythe Nelson

Cemetery Records
Personal Collections

    • Hind
    • Simpson
    • Townsend
    • Whittier
    • Palmeter

Other Resources

These are just a few other historical societies and resources you may find helpful.
The Annapolis Valley Regional Library- Ancestry Library Edition
Hantsport and Area Historical Society- Formed in 1977 to promote preservation of material relating to the history of the town and surrounding area including Hants Border, Mount Denson and Bishopville.
East Hants Historical Society- Established in 1967, and devoted to the promotion and preservation of history within East Hants.
Hants GenWeb- Hants County Genealogy.
Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society- The Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society was founded in 1878 and meets monthly in Halifax.

Histories of the Area

There are many resources right here on our website that you might find useful.
Our Blog- Articles, anecdotes, and histories
Local Families- this list is constantly being added to, so if you have a specific name you're interested in please let us know!
Links and  Resources- Other online resources you may find helpful.
Our Books and Publications- Our catalogue of books and publications available for purchase.

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Hours of Operation

Please click here for updated hours.
Please inquire for special events or tours.

281 King Street
PO Box 2335
Windsor, NS B0N 2T0
+1 902-798-4706

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