Registration NOW FULL!
Please email info@novascotiaancestors.ca to be placed on a waitlist.  If there are cancellations, we will contact those on the list in the order emails are received.
The Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia is excited to offer a 6-week genealogy skill-building course starting Saturday, October 2nd from 1 pm – 3 pm (Atlantic time) to members and non-members. 
This course will appeal to both beginner and experienced genealogists looking to build a basic skill foundation using Nova Scotia resources.
The benefit of this course, led by Peggy Homans Chapman, is that genealogy research methods in general and Nova Scotia in specific cases cover a range of skills. Delivery is through Zoom sessions, with a combination of lecture, interactive exercises and question sessions. If you live in the Metro Halifax area, you may choose to attend Zoom sessions at GANS.
* Handouts and references will be provided.
Topics include:
  • The basic skills of genealogy research.
  • The basic tools of genealogy research, with NS resources highlighted.
  • Genealogy in context: how knowing the history of a place makes your search easier.
  • Knowing what resources are available and how to access them.
  • European settlers in groups in NS: Acadians, Foreign Protestants, English, Irish, etc.
  • Incorporating DNA into your research.
  • Applying what you learn to real cases in a Nova Scotia context.
  • Genealogy software, online trees, writing and sharing your ancestry stories. 
Peggy Homans Chapman has been “doing” genealogy for more than 25 years but once she retired was able to complete studies through the National Institute for Genealogical Studies specialising in Canadian Records and Methodology, eventually receiving the professional designation of PLCGS. Peggy developed the curriculum for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies Nova Scotia course. She continues genealogical education opportunities and is currently upgrading her genetic genealogy knowledge. 

Combining her past education of MLIS and BEd with her love of family history naturally led to educating genealogists. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing family historians getting an “Aha!” moment Peggy’s own family history combines long roots in Nova Scotia with New England Planters, Irish, and at least one Loyalist with more recent Scots ancestors.
* Depending on COVID restrictions, there may be limited in-person seating available in the Terry Punch Research Library.