The website with nearly a million possibilities for people to search for their Nova Scotia roots is now available in French. The Historical Vital Statistics website, maintained by the Nova Scotia Archives, has a searchable database containing nearly one million personal names. Each is linked to a corresponding birth, death or marriage registration, digitized and available online. The earliest records date from the mid-1700s and the most recent from the 1960s. “One of the ways the province is making life better for Acadian and francophone families is by creating more access to bilingual services online,” said Communities Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra. “The Historical Vital Statistics website is an invaluable genealogical tool for Nova Scotians to explore our family history and learn more about our culture and heritage.” The website is the only one of its kind in Canada that people can browse for records about their genealogy free of charge. The website is a popular destination for family history researchers and community historians from Nova Scotia and around the world. “Working in one of the Acadian regions in Nova Scotia, I can say that offering such a massively used resource as the Historical Vital Statistics website in both official languages will mean much to the community,” said Peter Crowell, municipal historian and archivist, Argyle Township Court House Archives. “We also tend to forget that there are researchers from other jurisdictions who use these records, and whose first language is French. “I commend the Nova Scotia Archives for their commitment to online professionalism and to making their resources accessible to the widest possible audience.” To search for records on the Historical Vital Statistics website go to www.novascotiagenealogy.com. People can also purchase electronic or paper copies of the documents by ordering online and paying via secure credit card transaction. The Historical Vital Statistics website includes records transferred from Vital Statistics after 100 years for births, 50 years for deaths and 75 years for marriages.
The Minister said that the United National Party could have formed a Government on its own after the Parliamentary election last year. The Government says it has strong international support as a result of the measures taken to establish democracy in the country.United National Party parliamentarian and Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that the Government has been able to bridge the gap between all communities. He urged the public to protect the Government and give it time as it rebuilds the country. However he recalled that it was decided that the two main political parties must join hands and form a cohabitation Government to rebuild the country.Lakshman Kiriella also dismissed the allegations being raised by the opposition on the proposed deal with India. He said that the opposition is making false claims by saying that local doctors will lose their jobs as a result of the proposed agreement.The Minister insisted that the jobs of Sri Lankan doctors is not at risk as claimed by the opposition and that the agreement will not pose any harm to the country.He said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and others in the Government have closely studied the proposal before deciding to go ahead with it. (Colombo Gazette)
Members of the Brock community are reminded to wear orange on Tuesday, April 23 to support the fight against cancer.From 11 a.m. to noon, Brock University President Gervan Fearon will host a coffee break to gather members of the Brock community, sporting their orange clothes, for coffee, tea and sweet treats. Donations will be accepted at the event for the Rankin Cancer Run.Participants are also encouraged to sign up for Brock’s Rankin Run team, set to lace-up for the 14th annual run at Grantham Lions Park in St. Catharines on Saturday, May 25.More information about both events can be found on The Brock News.