The Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia was formed on June 19, 1982 and had its genesis in a standing genealogical committee of The Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society (founded in 1878).
The by-laws (March 2017 draft) conform to the Societies Act administered by the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies for the Province of Nova Scotia.
Membership in the Association stands at about 600, approximately one third of whom live in Nova Scotia, one third in the rest of Canada and one third in the United States.
The Association is a member of the Nova Scotia Genealogy Network Association, the Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes, the Association of Nova Scotia Museums and the Council of Nova Scotia Archives.
The Association exchanges publications with many other societies and libraries. Many of these periodicals are on loan to The Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library Reference Department (5381 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia) where members and the public may consult them.