Welcome to the Cape Breton Genealogy and Historical Association




The CAPE BRETON GENEALOGY & HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION HELP CENTER will be closing for our winter break on 02 NOV 2023. We will advise members and the public about a re-opening date in the spring.

Our website is NOT involved in this closing and will be available 24/7/365 as usual.







 The CAPE BRETON GENEALOGY & HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION  has a new email address and the old address is no longer being used.

NEW EMAIL   -  canada1949@gmail.com

OLD EMAIL -  norm@cbgen.org
Cape Breton Genealogy & Historical Association  The Hours of operation for our HELP CENTER are changing for our 2023 season. We have added Wednesday as an extra day this season. We will reopen 06 June 2023 
Tuesdays hours will 11 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday hours will be 10 AM to 3 PM
and Thursdays will continue 10 am to 3 pm.
  Location - Museum corner of Dorchester St. & Charlotte St, Sydney, NS
Use of our website is
available 24/7/365



The Cape Breton Genealogy and Historical Association (CBGHA) is a Nova Scotia registered not-for-profit society located in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.  It was formed in 2003 and is operated by a board of directors and staff who are all volunteers. Individual membership is worldwide, and also includes several genealogy and historical groups that access CBGHA records regularly, including the Chestico Museum & Historical SocietyFriends of Irish Research, the Sydney Family History Center , the Old Sydney Society, the Highland Village Museum, the Heritage Association of Antigonish, the Pictou County Genealogy & Heritage Society/Mcculloch House Museum and the Beaton Institute. 



The CBGHA is funded by membership fees and we welcome all new members.




The mission of the CBGHA is to preserve the family history of Cape Breton through the records of individuals and families.  It is actively engaged in acquiring, recording and making available local family records to its members.   The CBGHA is headquartered in a building owned by the Old Sydney Society but most CBGHA members access the Association’s records through its website.


 Our member's web site started in 2003 and now consists of more than 330,000 pages of  material transcribed from original documents and other types of material useful to researchers. This site has the largest collection of Cape Breton genealogy information available anywhere. Our collection is large and varied, please take the time necessary to become familiar with the site. Be sure to check the HOW TO NAVIGATE SITE section below on this page.



 Our records include an ever increasing collection of Cape Breton related material. No site can have every record for an area, however, our records are vast and increase each month. We have the following types of records - books, cemetery records, census records, monthly magazine the Ezine, family trees, historical records, land grants, maps, helpful links to other sites, military records, newspaper items, obits, parish records, school records and more.

  We think of our website as a digital Cape Breton genealogy research library/museum.  We assemble Cape Breton genealogy research material, from many sources, in one easy to access site so our members can do their research from the comfort of their homes.

You must be a member of the CBGHA to view the records on this site. Membership is only $25.00 per year for unlimited access to the website material and you may join at any time of year and get access for a full year.

New members are welcome!
Click on Membership on the right side of this page to join the CBGHA


A Sample of Some Material Available with Membership













 Old Sydney Society

 Friends of Irish Research

   Vintage Cape Breton Photos



Click here to join us

Membership orders made in the CBGHA store with your VISA or MasterCard are processed instantly. Your username and password will be sent to you by email



How to membership  - NEW or RENEWAL

Login to the website using your username & password if you have them.

 New members will be sent their username & password when joining. 

 Then click on Membership(1) down part way on the right side of the page

  On the next page click on Add to cart

 On the next page click on the down arrow next to Please select and click on Personal, then click Add to Cart

 On the next page click Checkout if your order is correct

 On the next page enter your personal information and enter the information for the type of payment you wish to use, then click Review order at the bottom of the page.

If your order is correct,  be sure to click  submit or save or complete depending on your browser to complete the order 

November 29, 2013


 2024 EZINE is posted  www.cbgen.org   There is a large amount of new research material in this issue. We extent our thanks to all our contributors
January 10, 2024


The Cape Breton Genealogy & Historical Association posts a wide variety of material of interest to anyone interested in Cape Breton genealogy and history. With very few exceptions, this material is gathered by the volunteer members of the CBGHA. We are confident that all the material submitted represents many hours of diligent work and is high quality research. Much of the material was copied from original sources and is a great asset to researchers. The volume of material posted to the CBGHA site makes it impossible to verify all the material that is submitted.

We are confident that the material on the CBGHA site is of excellent quality and was prepared with all reasonable care but human error is a possibility. We suggest that the above statement be considered when doing your research and if you disagree with any of the material found on our website you should review the original documents.