Renew your GANS membership by January 6, 2019 and you will be entered in a draw for one of three prizes. A free course from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies, a one year subscription to "Internet Genealogy" or a GANS t-shirt! 
Don't miss out on your chance to win. RENEW NOW.


We take vacation too! The GANS office will be closed from December 14 - January 1, excluding Saturday, December 15 and 29 when we will be open 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. On January 2, 2019, we will return to regular office hours as follows:
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.


Visiting From Out of Town?

Coming to Nova Scotia on your holidays and hope to spend some time tracing your ancestors?
At GANS, we love to help people in their journey, but as a volunteer organization, we are currently limited in what we can do on an individual basis. Our research library is open Tuesday to Thursday 9:30 am to 3:30 pm and on occasional Sunday afternoons. Independent research in the library is encouraged and you can search resources through the library catalogue (on the left hand side panel under resources) with some guidance on library use from the office administrator. 
If you are interested in meeting with a volunteer genealogist, two weeks ahead of your visit send an email to or telephone (902) 454-0322 with your request. We will endeavour to accommodate your request but with limited volunteer resources this is not always possible. Members always receive priority. If we have sufficient advance notice, whether or not a genealogist is available, we will try to provide members with some tips and prime resources depending on their specific research. 


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.

All 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 |

Upcoming Events
Research Room OPEN
Saturday, Dec. 15th
SATURDAY! Come in and chat with our experienced volunteers, get some pointers, do your research or simply browse our library for some interesting reading.
Research Room OPEN
Saturday, Dec. 29th
SATURDAY! Our research room is open to members and non-members. Drop in for an hour or the afternoon! Bring a friend! Take some time to ...
Oak Island’s Daniel McGinnis- The Man Behind the Myth
Saturday, Jan. 26th
Saturday, January 26, 2019 Oak Island’s Daniel McGinnis- The Man Behind the Myth 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Suite 100, 33 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth ...

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.