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.