Ontario and Nova Scotia Settlers, 1790-1860



Early settlers of Nova Scotia and Ontario included American colonists (particularly Loyalists) and English, Scottish, and Irish immigrants.

The scarcity of surviving civil records from Nova Scotia and Ontario makes those found in these books even more valuable. Among the unique resources collected here, you’ll find a comprehensive collection of newspaper columns that focus entirely on New England families of English descent who settled in Nova Scotia around the Revolutionary War.


  • Nova Scotia emigrants to 1867, vols. 1-2/ compiled by Leonard H. Smith, Jr. and Norma H. Smith
  • Loyalists and land settlement in Nova Scotia / a list compiled by Marion Gilroy
  • Yarmouth, Nova Scotia genealogies: transcribed from the Yarmouth Herald/ George S. Brown; prepared for publication by Martha & William Reamy
  • Early Ontario settlers: a sourcebook/ Norman K. Crowder
  • Ontario people, 1796-1803/ transcribed and annotated by E. Keith Fitzgerald.

If you find your ancestor’s name in this database. You can visit your Local Library’s Genealogy Department or Family History Center to see if they have the book(s) I listed.

What you can find from the books:

  • Full name
  • Residence
  • Names of family members
  • Dates of vital events
  • Details of immigration
  • Information on land held