NS Ancestors Certificate



While researching family history, many of us find a connection to Nova Scotia. Movement to and from the United States was very common. Patterns of migration occurred in large and small numbers at different points in history to Nova Scotia from the United States and many European countries including Scotland, Germany, Ireland and France. Indeed, what we know today as Nova Scotia has been settled for 10,000 years, when there is proof that Mi’kmaq peoples were in residence. European settlement began with the French in the early 1600s and the area was known as l’Acadie (Acadia). At various times, Nova Scotia included current New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Cape Breton Island did not become permanently part of Nova Scotia until 1820. 
Today more than half the members of the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) reside in other parts of Canada, the United States and other world-wide locations. As a celebration of the role the early residents played in the development of Nova Scotia, GANS implemented a programme for the Nova Scotia Ancestors certificate.  Whether you currently reside in Nova Scotia or are descended from Nova Scotians who migrated elsewhere, this is an excellent way to recognize these early ancestors and their descendants, who were residents of Nova Scotia prior to the Confederation of Canada in 1867.
How to apply
Members or non-members can apply for a Nova Scotia Ancestors Certificate. In order to confirm the individual named on the certificate descended from the original Nova Scotia ancestor, an application form must be completed. Applicants that meet the essential criteria requested on the application form, along with their application fee, will receive a certificate suitable for framing signed by the President of GANS.
If the applicant grants permission, the name of the person on the certificate along with their ancestor’s name will be listed on a dedicated section of the GANS’ website. The Nova Scotia Genealogist, the GANS quarterly journal, will also highlight new certificates as they are awarded.
GANS is unable to provide research on the applicant’s behalf. GANS’ role is only to verify the application and award the certificate. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide the necessary documentation as as requested. GANS cannot review in advance an application to see if it qualifies. Send in your application and payment and we will contact you, if there are gaps in your application or documentation.
Instructions for Application
  1. Please complete the downloadable application form. The form is a fillable PDF and includes the detailed instructions you will need to follow during your application process.
  2. Save the completed form to a file and email to info@novascotiaancestors.ca along with scanned copies of each of your supporting documents. Payments can be made online through PayPal. Please add "NS Ancestors Certificate" to the subject line.
  3. You may also complete your application by hand and mail it, along with supporting documents and cheque for payment to: Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia (NS Ancestors Certificate) 33 Ochterloney Street, Suite 100, Dartmouth NS Canada B2Y 4P5
  4. Payment can be made online through PayPal or with a credit card. If ordering from outside Canada, please select your payment in US funds.
  5. If paying online, please select one of the two options for payment, Members or Non Members. Current membership status will be checked.
  6. The approval committee (volunteer genealogists) meets once per month to review certificates. During the summer months, availabilty of the volunteers may mean a longer time between meetings. Another two to four weeks should be allowed for processing and mailing.
  7. Please review the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) before sending us an email as your question may already be addressed. This information is updated as new issues arise. If the application form and the FAQs do not answer your question, please contact info@novascotiaancestors.ca.
You will be mailed an unframed certificate. The framed certificate shown above is an example of how you may display and frame your certificate.
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NS Ancestors Certificate - Standard
The Standard Certificate  $25.00 Members' Price / $35 Non-Members' Price
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Additional certificates ordered at the same time as the Standard Certificate  $15.00 Members' Price / $20 Non-Members' Price 
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Each additional certificate must be from the same lineage and must be made combined with the original certificate order.
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