GANS, along with our sponsors, presents The Legacy of Terry Punch, Tuesday, 23 October 2018 at the Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library at 6:30 pm. Guest Speaker will be Dr. Bruce S. Elliott - Carleton University. See you there!



It is hard to avoid DNA in its applications to family history research. However, there is a lot of confusion and misinformation (not to mention misleading advertising!) and this two-part workshop aims to present the latest state of genetic genealogy in ways that are hopefully easy to understand. At the end of the second session, you should have the information and resources needed to apply to your DNA matches to advance your family history research. Genetic genealogy can be a great tool and brickwall buster when you understand both its power and its limitations. 
Saturday, November 3. 1 – 3 pm
The background – tests, companies, ethnicity profiles
Saturday, November 24. 1 – 3 pm:  
How to work with matches and tools
GANS, 33 Ochterloney Street, Ste.100, Dartmouth
Peggy Homans Chapman
Members: $40 for both sessions
Non-members:  $50 for both sessions
Fee includes a free DNA worksheet and an extensive handout of resources.
All participants must register through the GANS website and payments are by Paypal. To obtain the member discount, you must login in as a member first.
These workshops are limited to 15 participants, so register as soon as possible. 
You can also add your name to a waitlist, if the sessions are full – send an email to:


2019 Membership Now Open!

If you love a bargain, this one is for you! Join now and receive your 2019 membership along with the remainder of 2018 for $39. Up to 15 months for the price of 12! That's less than $3 a month and almost a $10 savings!



Our office is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
To save you a trip, in case we are unexpectedly closed, please call first at 902-454-0322 to check our daily hours of operation.


Visiting From Out of Town?

Coming to Nova Scotia on your holidays and hope to spend some time tracing your ancestors?
At GANS, we love to help people in their journey, but as a volunteer organization, we are currently limited in what we can do on an individual basis. Our research library is open Tuesday to Thursday 9:30 am to 3:30 pm and on occasional Sunday afternoons. Independent research in the library is encouraged and you can search resources through the library catalogue (on the left hand side panel under resources) with some guidance on library use from the office administrator. 
If you are interested in meeting with a volunteer genealogist, two weeks ahead of your visit send an email to or telephone (902) 454-0322 with your request. We will endeavour to accommodate your request but with limited volunteer resources this is not always possible. Members always receive priority. If we have sufficient advance notice, whether or not a genealogist is available, we will try to provide members with some tips and prime resources depending on their specific research. 


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.

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
The United Empire Loyalists and You
Saturday, Oct. 27th
Brian McConnell,  President of the Nova Scotia Branch United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada will speak on the topic of  United Empire Loyalists in Nova ...
Research Room Open
Sunday, Oct. 28th
  Need some help getting started with your research? Have you seen a library record you'd like to look at?  Maybe you just want ...
9th Annual Brick Wall Busters
Tuesday, Nov. 27th
You probably have at least one unanswered genealogy question, an ancestor who's really difficult to trace, or a family with gaps in their timeline. ...

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.