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"Dictionnaire Genealogique des Families Acadiennes." White, Steven A., Centre D'Etudes Acadiennes, Moncton, NB. 1999. Genealogy of the Acadians from c.1641 to c. 1711. Listed by family in descendant format. In French. DN4

"Planters and Pioneers, Nova Scotia, 1749 to 1775," revised edition. Dr. Esther Clark Wright. Published by Beaver Bank /Justin B. Wentzell. Pub Date 1982. "A collection of pre-loyalist and early European records for settlers in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick including more than 25000 names taken from township records, registry of deeds, probate records and county and local histories". LH9

Antigonish Co.

See also under Whidden surname.

"Drummer on Foot." Compilation of articles about Antigonish co. pioneers, originally published in "The Casket", a local Catholic newspaper, from 1912-1918. Edited by Raymond MacLean and Donald MacFarlane. (More information on this book, including featured families, is available on the Antigonish Co., NS GenWeb site.) PC4

"History of Antigonish." 2 vol. Edited by Raymond MacLean, 1976. History of both Antigonish Co. and Town of Antigonish. PC4

Cape Breton Island

See also under Inverness Co..

Cumberland Co.

"Some North Cumberlandians at home & abroad, past & present." The North Cumberland Historical Society 1965, Publication No. 2. Biographical Information on natives of North Cumberland County, in Nova Scotia. JOB

Digby Co.

See also under Haight/Height surname.

"Geography and History of the County of Digby, Nova Scotia." Isaiah W Wilson, Holloway Bros., Halifax, N.S. ; 1900. A detailed and extensive history of the Digby area with biographical sketches of a number of prominent early settlers together with information on domestic, commercial, political, religious, educational, industrial and judicial progress. LH9

Guysborough Co.

"Guysborough Sketches and Essays," revised edition. A. C. Jost. Published by Trafford Publishing, 2009. "This collection of essays and genealogies of the original Loyalist settlers has been regarded as the most authorative account of the history of the area." LH9

Inverness Co.

"Fair is the Place: An Account of Two MacDonald Families at Judique, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada." John Colin and Mildred MacDonald, 1985. See an index of families on the book's website before making a lookup request (ordering info for the book is also available on this page). PC4

"History of Inverness County, Nova Scotia." J. D. MacDougall, 1922. PC4

"Mabou Pioneers: A Genealogical Tracing of Some Pioneer Families Who Settled in Mabou and District." A. D. MacDonald, 1977. PC4

Kings Co.

"Mud Creek: The Story of the Town of Wolfville, Nova Scotia." James Doyle Davison, Editor, Wolfville: 1985, Wolfville Historical Society. While concentrating on the history of Wolfville, the book makes reference to many individuals and families who lived there. KL2

Shelburne Co.

"History of Barrington Twp and Vicinity, Shelburne Co., Nova Scotia, 1604-1870." Edwin Crowell, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Good history of the area, and genealogies, particularly of the New England families who moved to the area. Includes information on Doane and Nickerson families. CK3

Yarmouth Co.

"Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Genalogies: Transcribed by the Yarmouth Herald." George S. Brown, Genealogical Publishing, Inc., 1993. Excellent collection of detailed family genealogies published in the Yarmouth, NS Herald between 1896 and 1909. Includes rich material on the New England Planters, who emigrated to Nova Scotia in the mid-1700s. CK3

Surnames of Nova Scotia

See also these surnames: McLean, Pengry/Pingry.

"The Antigonish Families of David Graham, Charles Edgar [and] Howard Primrose Whidden." ©2004 Charles Edgar Whidden II reproduces The Whidden Family of Nova Scotia ©1980 [other sources say 1972; WFNS] Helen H. Whidden and Philip Whidden Barlow about 350 pp, no page numbers, no index, illus. Families included: many more than those listed above for WFNS, original edition, this work updates the earlier work from WFNS and the Simeon Whidden descent. RW

"History of the Smith Family." Nathan Smith, 1862. including "Genealogy of the Smith Family" by Helen Whidden 1967. 199 pp plus errata. The earlier part of the book is a reprint of the "History of the Smith Family of Hants Count, Nova Scotia". The family emigrated from Ireland though origanally from England, living in Ireland from three generations. The genealogy of the Smiths includes entries into the 1960s as well as many hand writ- ten corrections. Includes many families: Clarke, Dimock, Douglas, Eaton, Fisk, Gilroy, Graham, Knowles, McCallum, Nelson, Payzant, Ripley, Shaw, Sterling, Whidden and related families. Genealogy is a list of descendents plus some anecdotes. No index. RW

"The Whiddens of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada." ©2002 Charles Edgar Whidden II reproduces Genealogical Record of The Antigonish Whiddens and a brief historical outline of the province of Nova Scotia and of the county and town of Antigonish ©1930 D.G. Whidden [David Graham] about 250 pp, no page numbers, no index, illus., this work updates the earlier work from WFNS and the Simeon Whidden descent. RW

"Whidden Connections." ©2004 Charles Edgar Whidden II, reproduces Genealogical Record of The Antigonish Whiddens and a brief historical outline of the province of Nova Scotia and of the county and town of Antigonish ©1930 D.G. Whidden [David Graham] about 250 pp, no page numbers, no index, illus.,.this work focuses on the ancestral line of Whidden and related families connecting to royalty and notables like Charlemagne, others. RW

"Whidden Family of Nova Scotia." Helen Whidden & Philip Whidden Barlow. 173 pp. Account of Ichabod Whidden and three sons, John, James & Samuel who emigrated from Portsmouth, England in 1662 and settled in NH. After a few generations, part of the family moved to Truro and Cornwallis, Nova Scotia and then all parts of North America. Genealogy is a descendents list with anecdotes. Many related families including Allison, Archibald, Barss, Bentley, Blair, Brown, Campbell, Clark, Clarke, Fisher, Ford, Ganon, Glencross, Graham, Hall, Harrington, Hart, Higgins, Jobb, Johnson, Jones, Longfellow, Lynch, MacDonald, McCabe, Morton, Nelson, O'Brien, Prescott, Reid, Roode/Rhude, Smith, Sterling, Sutherland, Swan and Thomson. No index in printed edition; now in Personal Ancestral File database with cross-references to printed edition. RW

"Whidden and Hattie Families in Nova Scotia." Edna Louise Ludwig, 1983. Includes Blair, Hamlin, MacHattie/ Hattie, Pixley, Tudker, Whidden, Willix and related families. Self- published, 55 pp w/index. Account of Whitten-Hattie families from Devon, England to NH to Nova Scotia to California and Washington state. Genealogy is a list of ancestors of the author. Some accounts of siblings are included. RW