Scottish Genealogy Symposium

Tips for Finding Your Scottish Ancestors with
A One-Day Conference on October 15, 2016
Hosted by the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia (GANS)
Captain William Spry Community Centre 
Multipurpose Room
16 Sussex Street, Halifax, NS
Conference fee is $50.00 for GANS members and $65.00 for non-members.
Join GANS today to take advantage of the conference fee membership rate and receive the balance of a 2016 membership along with a full 12 months for 2017.
Membership fee is only $39.
Registration includes two nutrition breaks and lunch.
Check out the Conference Schedule!
We anticipate this will be a popular event so consider registering early to avoid disappointment. 
If you have any questions, please email


Lunch and Learn

Free Fall Series  
You provide our lunch and we will provide the learning!
Come join us for the two remaining Lunch and Learn sessions.
33 Ochterloney Street, Suite 100
Dartmouth, NS 
Thursday, September 22:  Introductory remarks on DNA - Genetic Genealogy
Thursday, October 6:  Organizing that genealogy stuff - Paper and Electronic
Presenters: Peggy Holmans Chapman and Lois Perry
Door opens at 11:45 am. Presentation 30-40 minutes.
All particpants receive a handout for further learning.

Genealogy at the Halifax Public Libraries

GANS Event
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: 33 Ochterloney Street, Suite 100, Dartmouth, NS
Join Joanne McCarthy O'Leary, Local History and Genealogy Librarian, to learn about some of the top library services and collections that will help you with your family research.  For over 20 years, Joanne has been helping genealogy and local history researchers at Halifax Public Libraries. Along with hospital regular public programs on genealogy topics, she also offers free Genealogy One-to-One guidance. Joanne recently received the Council of Nova Scotia Archive's Anna Hamilton Award for indexing the Halifax Poor House records.
Everyone is welcome! Light refreshments will be served.


Thursdays Are Research Days!

Thursdays at GANS are a seasonal affair. Every Thursday until October 13, from 12 noon to 4 pm, Peggy and Lois staff the Research Room. Both have genealogical experience and education to help with your Nova Scotia queries, including:
  • Help you navigate Research Room Resources for your independent use.
  • Provide assistance with tools and methods to help track down that elusive NS ancestor or family.
  • Provide suggestions on how to organize and manage your genealogical projects.
  • Provide feedback on your research to confirm you are going in the right direction.


Visiting From Out of Town?

The Research Room is open to both members and non-members.
Are you one of our many international members who might be visiting Nova Scotia to combine holidays with research (doesn't everyone?) Let us know at least two weeks in advance so we can prepare for your visit and maximize your research time! Send an email to:

All GANS operations are carried out by volunteers, including publications, membership renewals, workshops and website maintenance. Your patience is appreciated, when expecting responses to queries.
33 Ochterloney Street Suite 100 | Dartmouth | Nova Scotia | Canada | 902-454-0322 |

Upcoming Events
Research Room Open
Thursday, Sep. 29th
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Genealogy at the Halifax Public Libraries
Saturday, Oct. 1st
Join Joanne McCarthy O'Leary, Local History and Genealogy Librarian, to learn about some of the top library services and collections that will help you with ...
Research Room Open
Sunday, Oct. 2nd
Our research room is open to members and non-members.  Need some help getting started with your research? Have you seen a library record you'd like ...
Organizing that genealogy stuff: Paper and electronic
Thursday, Oct. 6th
Registration not Required. Presenters:  Peggy Homans Chapman & Lois Perry   Door opens at 11:45 am.  Presentation 30-40 minutes.  All participants receive a handout for ...
Research Room Open
Thursday, Oct. 13th
This is the last Research Room Thursday for the season!   If you would like to visit our Research Room, selected Sunday openings for ...

All lectures are open to the public and will be held unless otherwise noted in the lecture room of the GANS offices at 33 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.