Welcome to the Cape Breton Genealogy and Historical Association

  The CBGHA HELP CENTER is open Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, located at the Lyceum, 225 George St, Sydney, NS. Use of the HELP CENTER is free and open to everyone.


Our member's web site started in 2003 and consists of over 600,000 pages of  material transcribed from original documents and other types of material useful to researchers; over 25 GB of information related to Cape Breton. 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. Below you can find -  A SAMPLE OF SOME OF THE MATERIAL AVAILABLE WITH MEMBERSHIP showing some of the material that is found on the website in the members area. 

 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.  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. The samples below will give some idea of the material available on the website but there is so much more.

New members are welcome!

Click on Membership on the right side of this page to join.


A Sample of Some Material Available with Membership










Friends of Irish Research





Vintage Cape Breton Photos



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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


The CAPE BRETON GENEALOGY & HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION is pleased to announce that the FEBRUARY 2016 EZINE is now posted to the website. The Ezine contains lots of great new material and we are thankful to everyone that contributed.

 More than half of CBGHA memberships come up for renewal during the first three months of the year. The CBGHA does not receive any government or outside funding so we rely on membership fees to sustain our organization.  Members can check their renewal date when  signed in on the site by clicking on My account down the right side of the main webpage - www.cbgen.org   We are appreciate the support of our members.


A few points about MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS –

 Username & password DO NOT change from year to year anymore

 Renewals will always be given a full year membership, renewals can be done at any time

We strongly encourage members to renew using the website, this will be a great time saver for our volunteers.

 Thank you for taking the time to read this message and we hope you will consider renewing your CBGHA membership. 



January 20, 2016



The  CAPE BRETON GENEALOGY & HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION is thankful for the support of all our members and to show our appreciation we are having a half-price sale on our marriage records. Just place your order by clicking RECORDS down the right side of the main webpage www.cbgen.org  and complete a few simple steps. You may order any number of records and they will all be half price. The sale price is effective immediately. The regular price is $25.00 so the sale price is $12.50. This offer may be of particular interest to some of our new members who have not had this offer available to them before.


You may wish to review a recent article from the EZINE on the importance of marriage records -  https://www.cbgen.org/node/4035  These records are digital copies of the original records. There are thousands of records in each file except one that contains 757 marriage records.

 The research material is now available for immediate download to your computer. Complete a purchase in our online store using a credit card and we will send to you a download link in a separate email when a purchase is completed. You will no longer have to wait for slow mail delivery. When you download the file to your computer you can work from that file and you should burn the file to your own DVD as a backup. The files you download are identical to the files that were provided on the previous DVD discs. The images can be printed, enlarged or edited with your own photo editing programs. If you have any trouble with the downloading; the link will be available for 24 hours. You can email for help to   norm@cbgen.org

 High speed internet connection is required  for downloads as the marriage files are large. If you do not have high speed internet, contact us by email we may be able to help. All sales are final; any defective item will be replaced.

The following files are available and further details can be found on the order page -

Cape Breton County Marriages 1850's and 1860's Only


Cape Breton County Marriages 1870's Only


Cape Breton County Marriages 1880's Only


Cape Breton County Marriages 1890's Only


Cape Breton County Marriages 1900 - 01 - 02


Cape Breton County Marriages 1903 - 04 - 05 - 06


Cape Breton County Marriages 1907 through 1912


Inverness County Marriages 1862 to 1908


Richmond County Marriages 1849 to 1918


Victoria County Marriages 1864 to 1918




The records for Richmond and  Victoria counties are now available on the website but at this price you may wish to have your own records on your computer

January 21, 2016


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.