Guysborough is an important destination for people doing genealogical research in Nova Scotia. As the second oldest continuously settled community in Canada, Guysborough plays an important role in the genealogy of many families and is the entry point for a number of distinct cultures into Canada. There is a very active genealogy group in the Guysborough area and a substantial amount of genealogical information is available for people researching their family tree in Nova Scotia.
The Old Courthouse Museum and Information Centre is located next door to DesBarres Manor Inn and has Maps, local histories and genealogical records available for research. Operated by the Guysborough Historical Society, the Museum will undertake genealogy searches at a nominal fee.
The Guysborough GenWeb Project is an excellent online source of genealogical information from the Guysborough area. The Guysborough GenWeb site links to many family genealogy sites as well as early Guysborough County census transcripts, reunions, births, deaths and much more information for people seeking detailed information on their family tree.
In addition to the good work done by the Guysborough Historical Society and the Guysborough GenWeb Project, Guysborough is fortunate to have had its history captured by number of local writers. These historical books include A.C. Jost’s “Guysborough Sketches and Essays”, Mark Haynes “The Forgotten Battle”, Christopher Cook’s “Along the Streets of Guysborough” and Harriet Hart’s “History of the County of Guysborough”. These books provide excellent genealogical information and insights into the rich history of Guysborough.
Celtic Heritage Magazine, a Nova Scotia publication, has a genealogy section and provides a number of genealogy links for people finding their Celtic roots. Celtic Heritage also profiled the Scottish genealogy of Guysborough in an article titled “On the Trail of the Scots: Settlers in Guysborough County”.We look forward to welcoming you to Guysborough and to being your home base as you research your family tree in Nova Scotia.