The GANS' office and the Terry Punch Research Library is open.
Hours: 9:30 – 3:30 Tuesday to Thursday.
All visitors including members, volunteers and the public must provide proof of full vaccination and ID in order to enter the GANS premises;
Please review our COVID-19 Protocols before visiting our office
Thank you for helping to keep our staff and visitors safe. 




Book Marked Webpages

We have simplified our menu structure. If you are receiving an error when looking for a book marked page, it is generally because the page has moved to new directory. Many of the pages you have used before can be found from the "Genealogical Data" page. If your book marked page sends you to an "error" and you are unable to find its new location, please copy the URL and send in an email to for assistance.


Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes

Watch Allan Marble, former president of the Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes, explain the history and background of the Institute.
- Film Credit: Christopher Devanney, 2019

Seeking More A. F. Church Maps


Want to be more involved with GANS and not available to give up your time? 
Here is another way to contribute to GANS. The Terry Punch Research Library Fundraiser allows you to allocate your donation towards bookplates in memory of someone, sponsor a book case or continue to contribute with a cash donation. 


Nova Scotia Ancestors Certificate

The Genealogy Association of Nova Scotia is very pleased to offer the Nova Scotia Ancestors certificate as a way to honour your direct line ancestors. While the confederation of Canada did not occur until 1867, the Mi’kmaq peoples were living in what is now Nova Scotia for 10,000 years. The first European settlers, the French, established a permanent settlement in 1605, North America’s first. The certificate honours those who lived in Nova Scotia at any time before July 1, 1867. Proof of the direct lineage is required.  
For further information, prices and an example of how to display the certificate, please refer to the NS Ancestors Certificate page.

What are QuickLinks?

Have you ever looked for your favourite GANS database in a rush and don't see it on the menu? We've added some QuickLinks at the bottom of this page that should help make navigating the website an easier process. 

Quick Links


Many of the GANS operations are carried out by volunteers, including publications, membership renewals, workshops and website maintenance. Your patience is appreciated, when expecting responses to queries.
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