Halifax County Churches


The Old Dutch Church
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Built in 1755, this was the first church built by German settlers who settled in Halifax. The land (a square of lots called Schwizer lots) was given to the German settlers to be used as a burial ground. The settlers decided to build a small house ( a place to worship) and set aside a stone walled-in area as a burial ground. The first religious service was held in 1755. In 1760, an eleven-foot addition was added to the twenty by twenty-nine foot building together with a steeple and space for a church bell.



St. Mary's Basilica
Halifax, Nova Scotia

This historic Catholic church was built in Halifax in the area once known as Horseman's Fort, situated close to the south gate of the city's palisade. It was constructed in 1829. It was known at that time to have the tallest polished granite spire in the world. Most of the funds required for purchase of the land and the construction of this church were loans from the Charitable Irish Society and from Indian chiefs in the area.



St. Paul's Anglican Church
Halifax, Nova Scotia

The oldest Protestant church in Canada, it was built in 1750 as a chapel for the residents of Halifax and for the garrison troops stationed there. It is often termed the "Westminster Abbey of the New World" and has been called the "Mother Temple of the Church of England in Canada". A strange and intriguing feature of St. Paul's is the third window in the upper gallery. The Halifax Explosion of December 6, 1918 shattered this window. To this day, the shattered remains show a silhouette of a man's head and shoulders, which is clearly visible to passersby.



St. Peter's Catholic Church
Halifax, Nova Scotia

This little known church was the first Roman Catholic church built in Nova Scotia, in 1783. Up to 1783, there was a public statute stating that no Roman Catholic could hold a public post, nor could the Roman Catholic church own land or erect houses of worship. This law was repealed in 1783. A block of land was subsequently purchased (running up the north side of Spring Garden Road from Barrington Street to Grafton Street) and a small, wooden frame church was built and completed on July 19, 1784. This church was later replaced by St. Mary's Basilica.


Church records available on microfilm through the LDS:

Church Records Years LDS Film Number
St. Paul's Catholic Church
Herring Cove, Halifax, NS
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
1837-1852,1855-1924
1857-1877,1892-1911
- - - - - - - -
0866365..Item 4-6
St. Peter's Catholic Church
Halifax, Halifax, NS
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
1800-1830
1800-1830
1800-1830
0866355 /
0866356
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Halifax, Halifax, NS
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
1848-1854,1879-1909
1887-1909
- - - - - - -
0872003..Item 5-8 /
0872004 /
0872005..Item 20
St. Mary's Cathedral (Catholic)
Halifax, Halifax, NS
Baptisms
Baptisms
Baptisms
Baptisms
Baptisms
Marriages
Marriages
Marriages
Burials
1830-1845
1845-1863
1863-1869
1870-1877
1878-1884
1830-1873
1874-1909
1844-1845
- - - - - - -
0866357 Item 1-6
0866358
0866359
0866360
0866363 Item 1
0866363 Item 2-6
0866364 Item 1-2
0866357 Item 1-6
- - - - - - - -
St. Joseph's Orphanage (Catholic)
Halifax, Halifax, NS
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
1894-1915
- - - - - - -
- - - - - - -
0872001..Item 4
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Halifax, Halifax, NS
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
1868-1908
1868-1871,1989-1912
- - - - - - -
0857499..Item 2-3
St. Agnes Catholic Church
Halifax, Halifax, NS
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
1892-1910
1892-1910
- - - - - - -
0872001..Item 5-6
Parish Register for Coloured People (Catholic)
Halifax, Halifax, NS
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
1827-18350
- - - - - - -
- - - - - - -
0872001..Item 2
St. Genevieves Catholic Church
East Chezzetcook, Halifax, NS
Baptisms


Marriages


Burials
1884-1889,1906 & 1910
1884-1889,1906 & 1910
1884-1889,1906 & 1910
0857499..Item 1
St. Peter's Catholic Church
Dartmouth, Halifax, NS
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
1830-1871,1876-1910
1830-1871,1876-1910
1830-1871,1876-1910
0857499..Item 4-5 /
0857500..Item 1-2
St. Anselme Catholic Church
West Chezzetcook, Halifax, NS
Baptisms

Marriages

Burials
1799-1801,1814-1890,
1857-1909,1891-1910
1799-1801,1814-1890,
1857-1909,1891-1910
1799-1801,1814-1890,
1857-1909,1891-1910
0857497..Item 3-5 /
0857498..Item 1-3


Information on this page provided by Frank W. Daniels


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