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. 


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.


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

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.

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.
33 Ochterloney Street Suite 100 | Dartmouth | Nova Scotia | Canada | 902-454-0322 | info@novascotiaancestors.ca

Upcoming Events
Saturday, Feb. 29th
NOTICE: We're very sorry and disappointed but the talk by Cynthia Dorrington from the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre, scheduled for this Saturday afternoon, has been ...
SHARE: Eastern Shore Ancestors
Tuesday, Mar. 10th
The eastern shore of Nova Scotia (within Halifax County) has a history of settlement from Foreign Protestants, Loyalists and Acadians. Considerable resources are available, depending ...
Saturday, Mar. 28th
Out of the box genealogy programs provide a number of features for displaying your family information. However they often lack the ability to create ...
SHARE: Making the Leap Back
Wednesday, Apr. 8th
Making the Leap Back from Settlement in Nova Scotia to Homeland Origins.   In North America, unless you are of aboriginal ancestry, your ancestors arrived ...
United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada
Saturday, Apr. 18th
11am to 12 noon NS Branch Business Meeting   12 noon to 1:30 Lunch   1:30 to 3PM (All Welcome to Attend Afternoon Presentation) How ...

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.