About the Journal

Please Note:

Following the retirement of long-time Editor, Dr. Brian Cuthbertson, and the appointment of a new Editor, Copy Editor, and Editorial Committee, Volume 20 of the Journal (2017), provided to all who were members in 2017-2018, was delayed until April 2018. Volume 21 (2018) was published in February 2019, and will be provided to all members for the year 2018-2019. The normal publication schedule will resume in September 2019.
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Editorial board

Editor:  Anne Marie Lane Jonah, editor@rnshs.ca

Genealogy Editor:  Kenneth Paulsen, genealogyeditor@rnshs.ca

Book Review Editor:  Karen Smith, bookrevieweditor@rnshs.ca

Copy Editor:  Erica Gagnon, info@rnshs.ca

Vice-President Publications:  John Reid, info@rnshs.ca

Advisory board

Blake BrownJohn Grant
Stephen HendersonJohn Johnston
James MorrisonJohn Reid
David SutherlandShirley Tillotson
Deborah TraskJay White

In 1998, the Society began publication of the Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, a successor to both the Collections and the Nova Scotia Historical Review (the NSHR was published by the Nova Scotia Archives). It is normally published once a year, and Society members each receive a copy of the Journal as well as notification of the Society's yearly lecture series and general meetings.

The journal has recently been made available online through ProQuest.

An index to the Collections and Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society was prepared with the assistance and support of the PATHs program of Canada's National History Society. They generously provided the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society with two grants which underwrote the preparation of an index that included all of the materials the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society has published since its inception in 1878. Click here to download full index pdf.

Many back issues of our journals are available for purchase. Please contact us at info@rnshs.ca with your request.

Information about the most recent issue of the Journal appears below.

Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, Vol. 21, 2018



The Halifax Explosion – Fourteen Years After

The Reverend Dr. Samuel Henry Prince
Prepared for publication by Heather Long and Barry Cahill

Ordinary People; Extraordinary Times: Minnie and Stewart Ross confront the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion

David Sutherland

The Training of the Jewish Legion in Windsor, Nova Scotia, during the First World War

Sara Beanlands

From the Merchants’ Bank of Halifax to the Royal Bank of Canada: 1864–1908

James D. Frost

James Harris, a Disbanded Soldier of the Duke of Cumberland Regiment, in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, 1783–1800

Arthur Stone

Research Notes

An Index to Ground Zero: A Reassessment of the 1917 Explosion in Halifax Harbour,
Alan Ruffman and Colin D. Howell, eds (Halifax, 1994)

Heather Long


Policy Regarding Genealogical Articles

Kenneth S. Paulsen

The Völcker Ancestry of the Wile, Hupman, Huphman, and some Hutt families of Nova Scotia, 1640–1800: A Foreign Protestant Family that ‘Daughtered Out’

Kenneth Paulsen

Book Reviews

Claire Campbell – Nature, Place, and Story: Rethinking Historic Sites in Canada
  Reviewed by Jonathan Fowler

Shirley Tillotson – Give and Take: The Citizen-Taxpayer and the Rise of Canadian Democracy
  Reviewed by Julian Gwyn

Brian Tennyson – Nova Scotia at War, 1914—1919
  Reviewed by Major Ken Hynes