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Saturday, February 29
CANCELLED  (Monthly Meeting)
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
GANS Office - 33 Ochterloney St. Suite. 100 Dartmouth NS
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 cancelled due to an unexpected scheduling conflict. We hope to reschedule the presentation some time in the Fall
 
Speaker: Cynthia Dorrington, Manager,  The Black Loyalist Heritage Centre



Tuesday, March 10
SHARE: Eastern Shore Ancestors  (Special)
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
GANS Office - 33 Ochterloney St. Suite. 100 Dartmouth NS
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 on the community. If you are researching Eastern shore lines, you may share ancestors with many other researchers. Come and share your experience, ask questions, and perhaps find a fellow family researcher.
 

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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. 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.

 


Saturday, March 28
BEYOND OUT OF THE BOX  (Monthly Meeting)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
GANS Office - 33 Ochterloney St. Suite. 100 Dartmouth NS
Out of the box genealogy programs provide a number of features for displaying your family information. However they often lack the ability to create customized family tree graphics between more distant relatives or other data points of interest. Have you ever come across a most interesting relationship between two distant individuals but your genealogy program cannot build a family tree between them? Our session will be using research information compiled for the Tufts Cove Cemetery Project to demonstrate and share a few easy tips and tricks for creating customized family tree graphics, effective Microsoft PowerPoint slideshows, Excel spreadsheets, plus other creative presentation aids to bring your family research materials to life. 
This is a presentation by Gary Wright who has worked on the restoration and preservation of the Tufts Cove Cemetery and the early history of the Tufts Cove community since the project's inception in 2005.



Wednesday, April 8
SHARE: Making the Leap Back  (Special)
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
GANS Office - 33 Ochterloney St. Suite. 100 Dartmouth NS
Making the Leap Back from Settlement in Nova Scotia to Homeland Origins.
 
In North America, unless you are of aboriginal ancestry, your ancestors arrived post-1600s for the most part.  The longer they have been here in Nova Scotia, the more challenging it can be to narrow to the community or region of a former homeland. What are the tools and tips you have used to find evidence of origin? What are the biggest challenges of your research? Come and share the challenges. Participation is for members only.
 
Date:  Wednesday April 8, 2020 
Time:  11am - 1pm.  As always, arrive anytime after the office opens at 9:30am, and feel free to bring your lunch. Stay after the session to do some research.
 
What is SHARE?  SHARE has developed as a member benefit for two reasons: to have help and connection with other researchers interested in the same topics as you, and to learn about the extensive resources in the GANS library that can help your research. You may even encounter someone who is researching the same families and/or locations as you - it definitely happens! SHARE stands for Support, Help, and Research Event.
 
GANS arranges and facilitates the sessions, but it is you, the members, who bring knowledge, questions and experience to the sessions. In some cases, we may have a member with specialised knowledge who can provide some tips. While the groups are informal, each one is targeted to a specific topic. Please feel free to suggest a Nova Scotia research topic, or a general methodology topic, by contacting Yvone. GANs will also point out some of the library resources on the topic of the day.
 
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.
 


Saturday, April 18
United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada  (Special)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
GANS Office - 33 Ochterloney St. Suite. 100 Dartmouth NS
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 to Find and Prove a Loyalist Ancestor
Presentations folowed by Questions & Answers



Saturday, May 9
2020 Annual General Meeting  (Annual General Meeting)
1:00 pm
GANS Office - 33 Ochterloney St. Suite. 100 Dartmouth NS
2020 Annual General Meeting
After the business meeting we'll have a short break to serve refreshments, followed by a presentation on Nova Scotia Railway History. 
Speaker: Matthew Keoughan, avid railway history enthusiast
The topic, tentatively titled Nova Scotia Railway History: Preservation Through Wikis (a collaborative website), will centre around current efforts to preserve Nova Scotia railway history, including information, artifacts, and images of trains, stations, and employees, with an emphasis on digital initiatives already underway.
 
We will provide more details as we get closer to the event.


Thursday, May 14
SHARE Cities of Halifax and Dartmouth  (Special)
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
GANS Office - 33 Ochterloney St. Suite. 100 Dartmouth NS
Research in the cities can differ from the small towns and rural areas of Nova Scotia. No farms! Property may be leased not owned. Occupations differ and the historical impacts of life in the city may have affected your ancestors - think of major events such as the Halifax Explosion, or the history of Halifax as a garrison town.  Come with your questions, answers, challenges and more.
 
Participation is for members only.
 
Date:  Thursday May 14, 2020
Time:  11am - 1pm. As always, arrive anytime after the office opens at 9:30am, and feel free to bring your lunch. Stay after the session to do some research.
 
What is SHARE?  SHARE has developed as a member benefit for two reasons: to have help and connection with other researchers interested in the same topics as you, and to learn about the extensive resources in the GANS library that can help your research. You may even encounter someone who is researching the same families and/or locations as you - it definitely happens! SHARE stands for Support, Help, and Research Event.
 
GANS arranges and facilitates the sessions, but it is you, the members, who bring knowledge, questions and experience to the sessions. In some cases, we may have a member with specialised knowledge who can provide some tips. While the groups are informal, each one is targeted to a specific topic.  Please feel free to suggest a Nova Scotia research topic, or a general methodology topic, by contacting Yvone.
GANs will also point out some of the library resources on the topic of the day.
 
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.