"Ciad Mile Failte"
(A Hundred Thousand Welcomes)
You are our 124116
visitor -- thanks for stopping by!
If you have any transcriptions or other data to
contribute, please contact
NOTE: I'm unable to do research or answer queries on specific families or surnames. Please post your queries on the Antigonish Mail List and/or Message Board. Thanks!
Antigonish County is located in the northeast of Nova Scotia, nearly triangular in form. It is bounded by the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Bay of St. George and is between the Counties of Pictou and Guysborough. The County of Antigonish was the latest settled in the province. Its position as the most eastern part of Nova Scotia proper may account for this. The Micmacs were the original inhabitants of Antigonish. Beginning in 1759, the French Acadians began to settle in Havre Boucher, Tracadie and Pomquet. In 1784 a number of British officers and soldiers received a grant of land, known since as the "Soldiers' Grant". The land was located on both sides of Antigonish Harbour. Scottish ancestors first settled in Arisaig in the late 1700s and later at St. Andrews. After the American Revolution, groups of Black Loyalists settled in many area of Antigonish County, Tracadie being one of the first settlements. Many descendants of these settlers continue to reside in Antigonish County today.
The word Antigonish is of Mi'kmaq origin.
According to Dr. Silas Rand, it is derived from
Nalegitkoonechk (Nalegitkoonech or Nalegitkunech), meaning
"where branches are torn off." It is said that there the
bears broke down branches to get the beech nuts. The
second opinion is that Antigonish is derived from the Mi'kmaq
word "Nartigonneich" which translates to "a river of fish with
many waters" or "the place where the waters meet." (Five
forked rivers --West River, South River, Brierly Brook,
Wright's River, and east Wright's River).
To join the Antigonish Mailing List:
Subscribe to the list in regular
mail mode [receive single postings]
Subscribe to the list in digest
mode [receive several postings in one mailing]
with Nova Scotia connections
|Wills, Deeds, Estate Papers||Crown Land Grants, Land
Petitions & Indentures
|Place-Names & Places||
||1871 Lovell's Directory|
||Surname Registry||Family Webpages|
|Books & CD's
Cape Breton Counties Genealogy
Colchester County Gen Web
Cumberland County GenWeb
Digby County GenWeb
Guysborough County GenWeb
Halifax County GenWeb
Hants County GenWeb
|Inverness County GenWeb
Kings County GenWeb
Lunenburg County GenWeb
Pictou County GenWeb
Queens County GenWeb
Richmond County GenWeb
Shelburne County GenWeb
Victoria County GenWeb
Yarmouth County GenWeb
Post or View
Biography, Birth, Cemetery, Census, Death, Deed,
Immigration, Lookup, Marriage, Military, Obituary,
Report broken links, updates, or request a link above.
information contained on the Antigonish County GenWeb site
may be freely used for Personal use. This
website and the information it
provides may NOT be copied for commercial use or profit of any kind. Information is provided on an "as is" basis.
User is responsible for verification of any data not accompanied by primary source verification.
Data corrections are most welcome!
Copyright 2001-2015 Linda Darling, Antigonish GenWeb & its Contributors
This site is generously