Genealogy Centre

Our Cumberland County Genealogy Centre officially opened on May 19, 2005, with the presentation of The Ernest Coates Research Room, located at 16 Church Street (lower level), Amherst, Nova Scotia, B4H 3A6.

Phone: (902) 661-7278

Summer Hours: May 19 – Oct. 14; Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10 am to 4 pm
Winter Hours: Oct. 15 – May 14; Fri., 1 pm to 4 pm; Sat. 1 pm to 4 pm

Wheelchair Accessible.
Take a Virtual Tour of the Genealogy Centre.

Members of CCGS volunteer their services to provide friendly, knowledgeable assistance to those researching Cumberland County families and local history.

We are conveniently located in the downtown core of historic Amherst, within walking distance of three churches and several restaurants.

Directions: From Exit 3 on the Trans Canada Highway, drive 1.6 km east into the town of Amherst; cross the railway tracks; turn right at first set of lights.  Immediately to the left is 16 Church Street, with parking in the rear or across the street.  (Find us on Google maps.)

The Genealogy Centre holdings include:

  • Cemetery records, plot maps, searchable cemetery database
  • Census records
  • Church records
  • Community histories
  • Diaries
  • Directories
  • Ernest Coates Fonds
  • Family Bibles
  • Genealogy files
  • Maps
  • Municipality of Cumberland Fonds
  • Newspapers 1896-2004
  • Obituaries
  • Passenger lists
  • Photos
  • Poll tax books
  • School registers
  • School yearbooks
  • Scrapbooks
  • Terry Smith collection
  • Township records
  • Vital statistics
  • Voters’ lists
  • Wills

Fee change apply November 1st. 2022
Research fees:  $5.00 per half day (10 am – 1 pm) or (1 pm – 4 pm)
—————–:  $10.00 per full day (10 am – 4 pm)
Non-scheduled office day research fee: $30.00
Photocopies:— .25¢/pg.
Digital images: .25¢/image, your device, phone, ipad, camera.

CCGS also offers research assistance to those who request help via email, phone or letter, with retrieval fees of $5.00 plus costs, or research fees of $30.00 per hour.