Bedford Genealogical Sources

Halifax Municipal Archives has few sources from the former Town of Bedford of specific interest for genealogical research, however it does have municipal records including Oaths of Office and council minutes. Bedford residents are represented in the genealogical sources from the County of Halifax, prior to town incorporation in 1979.

A good source for Bedford genealogical research is Scott Manor House, run by the Fort Sackville Foundation.

City directories

The Halifax and Dartmouth Directories include some Bedford listings. Directories contain alphabetical lists of names of all adult residents in the city, with occupations and address, a complete street guide, and a home owner’s and tenants’ directory. The Municipal Archives has directories from 1932, 1934, and 1936–2000. A fuller set is located at the Halifax Public Libraries.

Directory of Households, 1944

The Directory of Households (CR43.16) lists all householders receiving mail at rural post-offices, their names, occupations, and whether they were French-speaking; it covers the entire County and rural delivery routes for Bedford and Dartmouth. People who weren't property owners or permanent residents would be captured in this directory but not on other listings like property assessment rolls, census.

Bedford Street Lighting assessment rolls, 1920-1935

The rolls (312-86-2) list the name of taxpayer, total valuation and taxes collected to fund street lighting in Bedford.