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Saturday, January 25
Care of the Harmless Insane: County Homes of Nova Scotia 1865-2002  (Monthly Meeting)
2:00 pm
GANS Office - 33 Ochterloney St. Suite. 100 Dartmouth NS
Care of the Harmless Insane: County Homes of Nova Scotia
The Nova Scotia Hospital, founded in 1858, was unable to provide care for all those in Nova Scotia suffering from mental illness. Designed to treat and discharge patients, it was incapable of offering a home for those who would never benefit from medical psychiatric care. In the 1860s, recommendations were made to the individual counties to develop cottages that would provide a safe home for the “harmless insane” and paupers of the province. These cottages, known as County Homes, Poor’s Farms, or Cottage Asylums, housed hundreds of people throughout the history of the province. Over 20 spread across Nova Scotia. They were conceived with best intentions and were initially respected and advanced facilities. However, by the mid 1900s, many were in deplorable conditions, and became a dumping ground for those who did not have a home or were unable to care for themselves. Abuse, degrading conditions, and forced closures, plagued these institutions and the people within. The first half of this presentation explores the onset and conditions from 1880s-1940s. The second half will focus on the two largest – the Halifax County Home in Cole Harbour, and the Cape Breton Hospital in Sydney, from development to closure.
Presented by: Deanna Foster 

Saturday, February 8
Using Property Online to Research Your Ancestors  (Workshops)
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
GANS Office - 33 Ochterloney St. Suite. 100 Dartmouth NS
Using Property Online to Research Your Ancestors
Using land records to help document your ancestors’ lives is an important part of genealogical research. Gary and Susan Nelson will help us understand the types of documents that can be found in Property Online and how to use them to further our research.
This workshop will include doing hands-on research on your own ancestors. If you have a laptop, please bring it so you can log into Property Online and do your own personal research. We do have a limited number of computers for those who don’t have their own laptops. Please indicate if you require use of one when you register.
Gary Nelson and Susan Nelson
Gary graduated UNB Law School in 1973 and has been practicing in Windsor since 1974.His main areas of practice are property, estate planning, probate and corporate law. He has worked with the Land Titles system since its inception in Hants County on March 1, 2004, the main component of which is Property OnLine. He and Susan were married in 1972.
Susan's formal education was as a teacher and she taught in schools in the Fredericton area before moving to Falmouth, NS with her husband in 1973. She has been searching titles for Gary's law practice since 1988 and using Property OnLine for 16 years. Her talent as a teacher is evident when she instructs others on the intricacies of that program.
 $50 for non-members
 $40 for members (members must login in order to get the member pricing)
FOR REGISTRATION: Please register and pay on our website.
Registration starts on Monday Jan 20, 2020

Wednesday, February 12 through Wednesday, February 12
SHARE: Local Histories in Genealogy  (Meet-ups)
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Suite 100, 33 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth

How do you use local histories in trying to break a brick wall or get a hint that leads you down another path?  Of course, local histories vary tremendously in accuracy and should always be viewed with this perspective.  When you are researching for an era when very little documented evidence is available, it may be that a clue in a local history is all you can find to begin the research process.  Has a local history been the source of a crack in a brick wall for you?  We would love to hear how you used the clue for further research and where you ended up.  If you haven’t used local histories, hear stories of success of others and browse the collection in the GANS library. Local histories at GANS cover Nova Scotia, but also include some other Maritime provinces, and a number of New England histories. 


Date: Wednesday, February 12th

Time: 11:00 to 1pm.  As always arrive anytime after the office opens at 9:30 and feel free to bring your lunch. Stay to do some research.  


What is SHARE?  SHARE has developed as a member benefit for two reasons:  to have help and conversation with other researchers doing the same thing as you and to learn about the many new resources in the GANS library that have appeared on shelves and in filing cabinets over the past year. You may even encounter someone researching the same families as you - it has happened!  SHARE stands for Support, Help, and Research Event.  


GANS arranges for the sessions, but they are for the members to freely exchange and help each other.  In some cases, we are able to provide a participant with some specialised knowledge of the topic.  While the groups are informal, each session is targeted in that a topic is arranged beforehand.  Please feel free to suggest a Nova Scotia research topic by emailing Yvone at: A topic can be a community or region, a cultural group, a specific group of early settlers, resources you find helpful, resources you want……


Have a friend who would like to participate and is not yet a member?  They can join in person at the office or can join online anytime: