I am copying this same info that I just sent to Lloyd MacFarland on the CANADA Genforum site (his posting is # 9167). You should contact each other for more info.
Look up listings using Canada’s phone book - http://canada411.sympatico.ca/english/person.asphttp://canada411.sympatico.ca/english/person.asp - use “Search All” or name of Province. In NS, all the phone numbers starting with 245-, 467-, 532-, 638-, and 837- are the ones you want. Most HANDSPIKER folks still live in Digby County.
I don't have the info in front of me, but this name was German and started out something like "Handelsbecker" and got changed to "Handspiker" by people who couldn't speak German. Since the first British capital of NS was at Annapolis Royal from 1710 to 1749 (when it moved to Halifax) it is likely they were in the military garrison at Fort Anne and were Protestant soldiers recruited by England with the promise of grants of land after they served their time. This was the time when France was building the huge fortress of Louisbourg in Cape Breton as the capital of all of "New France" and the British were very anxious not to let them expand their influence. By 1748 they had destroyed Louisbourg and were using some of the granite building stones to build the new capital at Halifax.
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- http://www.nsarm.ednet.ns.ca/http://www.nsarm.ednet.ns.ca/ - Public Archives of Nova Scotia - Tel: (902) 424-6060 FAX: (902) 424-0628 - **NOTE: AS OF 1999, THEIR ACTUAL RECORDS WERE NOT YET AVAILABLE ON-LINE, so you must visit in person, employ researchers, or use “snail mail” if you live far away.
- http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/Recreation/GANS/index.htmlhttp://www.chebucto.ns.ca/Recreation/GANS/index.html - Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) - Leland Harvie, newsletter editor - P.O. BOX 41, Halifax, N.S. Canada B3J 2T3 - 902-443-9107, Halifax - 1,500 members - the main “chebucto” menu was changed after April 1999 to - http://www.rootsweb.com/~canns/http://www.rootsweb.com/~canns/ - with LINKS to many interesting sites.
“Genealogical Research in Nova Scotia” by Terrance Punch - ISBN 1-55109-235-2 - Terry is a professionally accredited Canadian genealogist who specializes in immigration from Ireland, Germany and Montbéliard (Huguenot Protestants French-Swiss border area). He hosts a program on CBC (public radio) the 4th Monday of each month and will answer questions by E-Mail to - firstname.lastname@example.org - or check out the Website at - http://www.halifax.cbc.cahttp://www.halifax.cbc.ca -
J. Furber Marshall NSHQ, Volume 7, "A Banks Family of Nova Scotia" (Annapolis & Digby County)
- Calnek’s “History of Annapolis County” and also Family Genealogies for Yorkshire Families who settled in Annapolis County are available at the O'Dell Museum for the following surnames: Bath, Clark, Gilliatt, Halliday, Hawkesworth, Hudson, Jacques, Jefferson, Mills, Milner, Oliver, Robinson - through the Historic Restoration Society, 158 St George Street, Annapolis Royal, NS, B0S 1A0 (tel: 902-532-7754).
“Ships Bound for Nova Scotia (1750-1862) - Nova Scotia Immigrants to 1867”, L.H. Smith & N.H. Smith and “The Complete Book of Emigrants”, Peter Wilson Coldham - http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Meadows/8429/http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Meadows/8429/ -
If you can locate your German people in the Old World, you might want to contact some sources like:
German Genealogy Home Page - http://www.rootsweb.com/~wggerman/http://www.rootsweb.com/~wggerman/ - Click on map of Germany’s 16 Bundesländer (states) and German areas in 7 other countries. Find that elusive ancestor in Germany - a good German research site
European Countries - http://s700.uminho.pt/europa.htmlhttp://s700.uminho.pt/europa.html - click on map of most countries in Europe (including the Balkans) - Find out a bit more about your ancestor's country of origin.
AltaVista International Search Network - http://www.altavista.com/av/content/av_network.htmlhttp://www.altavista.com/av/content/av_network.html - AltaVista has partnered with sites in Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Latin America, Northern and Southern Europe, as well as the US. Our international network lets you take advantage of AltaVista's vast Web index with regional Internet connections. The AltaVista Web index features pages from across the World Wide Web, in 25 different languages.