Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Turning Raw Information into Evidence: Tips for Drawing and Explaining Conclusions - free webinar by J. H. (Jay) Fonkert, CG now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by The Board for Certification of Genealogists and J. H. (Jay) Fonkert, CG, "Turning Raw Information into Evidence: Tips for Drawing and Explaining Conclusions" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/bcg for free for a limited time.

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Brush up on your evidence analysis skills. Grasp the difference between direct and indirect evidence. Understand how to logically weave indirect evidence to answer a research question. Learn how to craft a proof statement, a proof summary, or a more complex proof argument.

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Canadian Genealogical Virtual Research Intensive - Immigration to Canada

Canadian Genealogical Virtual Research Intensive (CGVRI) is the only genealogical research institute dedicated to offering courses of interest to family history researchers and genealogists researching in Canada and the provinces. 

All courses are taught by instructors who are Canadian and/or live in Canada. 

The mission of CGVRI is to offer in-depth courses that will expand students' understanding of Canada, its history, geography, immigrants and settlers, and will further develop their knowledge and skills of researching their family history in Canada. This will be achieved through the use of virtual presentations, in-class discussions and activities. Some courses may include optional homework and projects. 

Two concurrent courses of eighteen (18) classes each are being offered for the week of July 18 -23, 2021. 

Classes are 75 minutes in length. There are four classes per day, Monday through Thursday. Two classes on Friday. 

All course times are listed in the Eastern (Toronto, Canada) time zone, and will be taught virtually. 

COURSE ONE - IMMIGRATION TO CANADA 

Objective of this Course: The objective of this course is for students to gain a better understanding of the various ethnic and cultural groups that not only settled in Canada, but helped to shape the country, and ultimately lead to the multicultural mosaic it is today.

Our Instructors: Peggy Homans Chapman, Carolyn Heald, Lianne Kruger, Robyn Morales, Gary Schroder and Linda Yip, Christine Woodcock 

Course Level: Intermediate 

Prerequisite: Students are expected to a good understanding of genealogy methodology and research, both online and offline, be able to cite sources and have a familiarity with using archives for genealogical research. 

MONDAY 

10:00 AM: The Colonizing of the Maritimes

From the mid 1600s, the Scots and English started arriving in the Maritimes, first in Newfoundland as merchants offering support to the cod industry. Then, in the late 1700s they began arriving in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia to settle the colony, in particular taking over land from the Acadians that had been expelled. 

11:30 AM: Early Irish Settlers in Atlantic Canada

With exception of New Brunswick, most Irish settlers came pre-famine, especially to Newfoundland. A second wave led many Newfoundland Irish to Maritime provinces. Non-existent passenger lists and lack of early records are a challenge but methodology can still count. Historical context and patterns such as cluster emigration can come to your rescue and weaken the brick walls. 

1:30 PM: Early European Emigrants to Maritime Provinces: Acadians, New England Planters (Americans), Loyalists, German-speaking Peoples

Don’t assume that European settlers in the Maritimes were mainly English and Scots. Early immigration included French, Germans, Swiss, and groups from the American colonies. The session focuses on these groups who began emigration in early or mid-1600s, and what led them to leave their homelands and what brought them to the Maritimes. The goal is to provide a framework for searching these ancestors. 

3:00 PM: Black Nova Scotians

The first large group of immigrants were the Black Loyalists (about 3500) who came as refugees after the American Revolution between 1782 and 1785. Another 2000 Blacks arrived in Nova Scotia following the War of 1812, with late arrivals coming into Cape Breton in the early 1900s. 

TUESDAY

10:00 AM: How Do I Find My French-Canadian Ancestors in Quebec?

Quebec has a rich heritage of genealogical records from the 17th century until the present. We will focus on the types of records and indexes that are available including census records, parish registers, census records, notarial documents and all kinds of other fascinating items. We will also discuss the most important websites to use in French Canadian research. 

11:30 AM: My Ancestors were Irish in Quebec

This class will focus on the rich Irish Genealogical Heritage in Quebec and how to find and use the key genealogical resources for Irish research in Quebec including the most important databases and websites. We will discuss immigration patterns, differing types of land records, cemetery records, church records, and the different of records available for Irish Catholics and Irish Protestants in Quebec. You may be surprised at how many different types of historical documents survive. 

1:30 PM: How Do I Discover My English and Scottish Ancestors in Quebec?

Quebec has a wealth of Genealogical Resources for those of you who had ancestors or relatives who lived in the province during the 19th and 20th centuries whether they came from Glasgow or Burnham on Crouch in Essex. Topics will cover census records, Catholic and Protestant church records, notarial records, land records and many others. How many people know that there is an excellent database of Marriage Licenses in Quebec for the period 1869-1969? Come and discover these family history gems. 

3:00 PM: Researching Irish Palatines in Canada

In 1709, more than 10,000 Protestants from the German Palatinate sailed to England, hoping to be sent to America. A third of them were settled in Ireland where they formed a unique enclave amidst the larger Catholic population. Over time, they lost their German identity and became Irish, and like the Irish, they emigrated to British North America in droves. The Irish Palatines are one of Canada’s hidden ethnic groups, traceable only through surnames. Learn how to identify groups of Irish Palatines who emigrated from Ireland and settled in Canada. 

WEDNESDAY 

10:00 AM: The Underground Railroad and Black Settlers in Upper Canada

For thousands of enslaved Americans, Canada was a beacon of hope. A sophisticated system known as the Underground Railroad helped these men and women get to freedom. Started by a group of abolitionists based mainly in Philadelphia, this clandestine and sophisticated helped enslaved Africans get to the safe haven that was Canada. 

11:30 AM: Settling Upper Canada: Lanark Settlement, Huron Tract, Talbot Settlement

Following the American Revolutionary War, the Crown wanted to ensure the retention of Canada and so set about systematically settling the country with colonists. Many of the land settlements were in Ontario, including the large swaths of Crown land in central and southern Ontario. 

1:30 PM: British Home Children

Between 1869 and the Great Depression, over 100,000 children were sent to Canada from Great Britain. The idea behind this scheme was to alleviate the number of destitute children living in workhouses. These youngsters were transferred from the workhouses to Children's Homes and then were sent to Canada to work on farms as indentured servants. 

3:00 PM: The Great Emigration: Italian Immigrants

Italians began settling in Canada in larger numbers in the 19th century and this continued fairly steadily until the 20th century. Italian settled all over Canada doing backbreaking seasonal work, for such labour intensive jobs as building railways and hewing coal. 

THURSDAY 

10:00 AM: Manitoba: Hudson Bay Company and Red River Settlement, Western Métis, Northwest Land Settlement

Scotland has a long history with the HBC beginning in the late 17th century when they began recruiting Orkney men to work at York Factory. Scots men at York Factory often coupled with Cree women, creating the Metis Nation. 

11:30 AM: From Catherine to Canada: German Russians into Canada

From Catherine (1763) to Canada, this class covers the German Russian community on the way to Canada, the 5 Ws and how of finding a community whose borders change quickly and frequently. We'll begin with the basics and introduction of the German- Russian community. Boarders impacted by this community range, not just Germany, Russia and Canada. We’ll look at great places using timelines and known research points to help you work your way back to the time of Catherine the Great and beyond. 

1:30 PM: How the Canadian West Was Won

The Canadian west was not won by cowboys and guns. The west was won by homesteaders and railways. For a $10 registration fee and a lot of hard work a male farmer could have 160 acres of land for free. Farmers or want to be farmers came from all over. In this session, using a couple of case studies, we will search for homestead records, review all the components to understand what the records state, convert the data to enter and locate it on Google Maps, and view what the areas look like today. 

3:00 PM: To the Prairies and Rocky Mountains: Immigration to Alberta

Alberta has and continues to have people from all over the world immigrate to within its borders. We will discuss those who came, where they built and where to search for the records. Groups such as the Mormons, RCMP, homesteaders, United Kingdom, Eastern Europe, and internment camps holding German, Japanese and Italian Canadians, many who stayed after the war. 

FRIDAY 

10:00 AM: Chinese Genealogy Essentials

This presentation will be an overview of Chinese genealogy essentials to give students a basic understanding of what they’ll need to know to trace Chinese families. No Chinese is required. We will discuss names in English and Chinese, suggest translation tools, discuss key cultural components as they relate to genealogy, and frame the student’s thinking for finding available record sets. 

11:30 AM: Chinese Canadian Immigration Records

This presentation will build on Chinese Essentials to look at the rich genealogical documents that resulted from the laws regarding Canadian Chinese immigration. The student will gain a better understanding of the 3 key periods of immigration. The class will include a real time analysis using freely available documents. There will be a handout of Chinese genealogy resources. 

12:45 PM Wrap-up Discussion and Farewell 

Tuition is $429 cad (~$345usd/£250) 

To register: https://www.cgvri.com/p/course-1-immigration-to-canada.html

 

 

 

 


Friday, April 16, 2021

An African Canadian Family History Mystery - free webinar by Mags Gaulden now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Mags Gaulden, "An African Canadian Family History Mystery" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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A question about a family lore leads a scientist to question his surname. “Is my surname really my surname or is the lore correct, that my 2nd great grandfather was adopted?” Solving a 220 year old mystery using DNA, turns this family upside down and introduces them to each other and to a rich family history with connections to slavery.

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Canadian Genealogical Virtual Research Intensive - Researching Ontario & Quebec Ancestors

Canadian Genealogical Virtual Research Intensive (CGVRI) is the only genealogical research institute dedicated to offering courses of interest to family history researchers and genealogists researching in Canada and the provinces. 

All courses are taught by instructors who are Canadian and/or live in Canada. 

The mission of CGVRI is to offer in-depth courses that will expand students' understanding of Canada, its history, geography, immigrants and settlers, and will further develop their knowledge and skills of researching their family history in Canada. This will be achieved through the use of virtual presentations, in-class discussions and activities. Some courses may include optional homework and projects. 

Two concurrent courses of eighteen (18) classes each are being offered for the week of July 18 -23, 2021. 

Classes are 75 minutes in length. There are four classes per day, Monday through Thursday. Two classes on Friday.

All course times are listed in the Eastern (Toronto, Canada) time zone, and will be taught virtually.

Course Objective: The objective of this course is for students to gain a better understanding of the records, resources and repositories for researching their ancestors in Ontario and Quebec. 

Our Instructors: Tracey Arial, Johanne Gervais, Ken McKinlay and Janice Nickerson, Kathryn Lake Hogan 

Level of Instruction: Intermediate 

Suggested Prerequisites: Students are expected to have knowledge of general genealogical methodology and be adept at online researching. A basic understanding of Canadian history and geography is key to students' achieving success in this course. Students will be expected to read a book on Canadian history prior to the beginning of the course. Suggested reading will be made closer to the time. 

Course Descriptions and Schedule

This course will be held virtually using webinar technology. All times are listed in the Eastern time zone: Toronto, Canada. 

MONDAY 

10:00 AM: Examining Early Settlers of Quebec and Ontario

Learning about the early history of Quebec and Ontario is key to successful genealogical research in these provinces. Important dates, locations and historical events will be discussed to further comprehension of early Quebec (New France) and Ontario (Upper Canada) settlements prior to the Confederation of Canada in 1867.

11:30 AM: Where Were They? Using Historical Maps and Gazetteers for Ontario and Quebec Research

Where exactly was your ancestor in early Canada? This class will focus on examining pre-20th century Canadian, Ontario and Quebec maps and gazetteers to locate our ancestors in time and place. Migration routes and methods of travel from place-to-place will be discussed. 

1:30 PM: Early Census Records of Quebec

Since the beginning of New France, the Intendants of the colony conducted many small or regional censuses. These Intendants analyzed the population data to help determine requirements for economic expansions in the colony. Early censuses provide a glimpse of your ancestors’ lives when they first immigrated to New France. What was their first job? Was your ancestor a servant, a mason, or a hatter? Did he have a sponsor? Did he own his house and land? Was he married? This session will cover what can be found in the early census records, how they can be used to construct French-Canadian families, and where the census records can be found. 

3:00 PM: Loggers, Farmers and Labourers: Ontario and Quebec Ancestors in the Canadian Census Records

Each of the Canadian censuses were unique in the questions asked and the instructions given to the enumerators. Students will learn strategies and techniques for searching, navigating, and analyzing Canadian census records. An understanding of how these records can be used for researching Ontario and Quebec ancestors will be gained.

TUESDAY 

10:00 AM: Just Across the Border

Border entry records contain a wealth of information about our ancestors who may have crossed the Canadian-American border for immigration, migration or opportunity. Ontario and Quebec border entry points will be examined. Reasons our ancestors travelled back and forth across the border will be discussed. 

11:30 AM: Understanding Ontario's Registrations of Birth, Marriage and Death Records

Key records in researching Ontario ancestors are civil registrations of vital statistics: birth, marriage and death records. This session will introduce students to the Registration Acts, the use of vital registration numbering system, including delayed registrations, and a brief look at adoptions and divorces. Limitations and access of the public records, as well as how to order birth, marriage and death documents from the Ontario Registrar General will be explained. 

1:30 PM: How Do You Research Records from the Time Church and State Were One?

The official state records for today’s Quebec were collected and stored by the Catholic Church between 1621 and 1994. This means your ancestors might appear in parish records now held by various institutions in the province, even when other organizations originally created them. In this session, we’ll discuss which church records exist, where you can find them and how to use them. In addition to baptisms, burials marriages, and parish records, we’ll look at orphan records, land records, construction records, fundraising records, directories and newsletters. Most are in French, but there were many in English, too. 

3:00 PM: The Importance of Religion in Ontario

Learn what were the major religious denominations of Ontarians in the late 18th through to the early 20th centuries. Gain an understanding of the holdings of church records such as parish registers, membership lists, session records, communicant rolls, board minutes and newsletters, how to access them, and the information they hold about our ancestors. Most church records discussed will be English, and a few in French. 

WEDNESDAY 

10:00 AM: Using Ontario and Quebec Historical Newspapers

Historical newspapers are filled with stories, advertisements, society pages and more that can provide little known details about our ancestors’ lives. We will be examining the Canadian, Ontario and Quebec historical newspapers in order to unearth the treasures hidden between the sheets of newsprint. 

11:30 AM: Quebec Notarial Records

Various collections of Quebec notarial records cover close to 300 years, from about 1637 to 1935, with more than 16 million documents available to search. The size of these collections means you are likely to find information for at least one of your ancestors who lived in Quebec. Notarial records, such as marriage contracts, guardianships, and land transactions, provide information regarding the social and business activities of your ancestors not found on census records or civil status records. This presentation will describe the types of existing notarial records; the genealogical related data; and the various tools available to locate these records. 

1:30 PM: Introduction to Criminal Justice Records of 19th Century Ontario

Family historians are always seeking records that will help us tell the story of our ancestors' lives. But few of us make use of the rich trove of stories found in justice system records. Were your ancestors criminals? Did they sit on a jury or testify at a trial? Maybe they went to jail because they couldn't pay their debts.

This class will cover the early history of criminal justice administration in Ontario and the records generated by the criminal justice system, including coroner's records, police records, prosecutions records, court records, judges' bench books, and jail records. 

3:00 PM: Introduction to Wills and Estate Records of Ontario

Few documents are as rich in genealogical information as wills and estate records. In wills we can sometimes catch rare glimpses of our ancestor's unique personality and insight into intimate family relationships and friendships. In the records of intestate succession, we find legally binding direct evidence of family relationships, frequently including the surnames of married daughters and addresses of far-flung next-of-kin. And in both testate and intestate records, we learn details of our ancestors' financial situation, real property ownership, and sometimes room by room inventories of their household contents. This class will cover the records of legal inheritance in Ontario including Probate and Surrogate Court records for testate and intestate estates and Land Registry Office deposits of wills that may not have gone through the courts. In addition, students will learn about the history of inheritance laws in Ontario and how to apply this knowledge to interpretation and location of relevant records.          

THURSDAY 

10:00 AM And Your Petitioner Will Ever Pray: Understanding Crown Land Records in Upper Canada

The land granting system of early Ontario, then known as Upper Canada, produced a vast quantity of records that are full of details about the settlers who petitioned for land and were often, but not always, successful in securing a land grant. We will examine the land granting process and where to find the land records both in real and virtual repositories and archives. 

11:30 AM Exploring Ontario Land Records

This presentation will help you locate those various documents to find where your ancestors lived in Ontario and then locate the applicable land records. Using readily available online resources we will look at the various land records for Ontario. Our focus will be primarily on the rural parts of Ontario where the concession and lot system exist. The initial challenge we often face is finding where our ancestors were on the ground. The first part of this session will be using various records to locate where they lived. With those details we will next search databases and abstracts to learn where the instruments are in the land books. Finally, we will locate the various instruments detailing the land transactions involving our ancestors. 

1:30 PM Finding Ancestors in Seigniorial Land Records

Following the borders of colonization to figure out where to look for records can be a challenge.  A township system began in 1774 and the seigniorial regime officially ended in 1854, but some manors continued operating until the following century. During this course, we’ll examine five different record types from this period: notarial acts, land grants, pledge records, oaths of allegiance and censuses. The syllabus will contain important references and a French-English glossary. 

3:00 PM Leaving Quebec: The Patterns of Canadian Migration between 1642 and 1930

This session focuses on genealogical records created during the opening of the Canadian West, settlement of the Northern States after the Civil War, and the expansion of railways across Canada and roads across the United States. From early religious settlements through farming homesteads to urban development, almost every jurisdiction in North America has a link to today’s Canadian province of Quebec. We’ll look at what happened, where you can find ancestral records from each period, and what questions remain to be discovered. 

FRIDAY 

10:00 AM On the Front Lines: Canadian Military, Militia and Naval Records

From the beginnings of New France, Canada’s borders have been invaded but never conquered. Who were the invaders, and what did they hope to accomplish? Learn about your ancestor’s service defending the early colonies of New France, Lower Canada, and Upper Canada. We will discuss the men who were called upon to fight on the front lines in the Beaver Wars, War of the Conquest, French and Indian War, War of 1812, Rebellions of 1837-1838, and the Fenian Raids; where these wars and battles took place; and how they affected your early Canadian ancestors. 

11:30 AM For King and Country: Service in the First and Second World Wars

Whether fighting on land, sea or air, Canadians greatly contributed to the Allied war efforts during the First and Second World Wars. Recruitment, conscription, key military leaders, the participation of Canadian forces in major battles, and the roles of soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses will be discussed. Military, naval and air force records will be examined, and what was happening on the Home Front will be reviewed. 

12:45 PM Wrap-Up Discussion and Farewell 

Tuition: $429.00 CAD (~$345usd/ £250) 

To register: https://www.cgvri.com/p/course-2-researching-ontario-and-quebec.html

 


New TechZone Video - What is Genetic Distance? by Diahan Southard

 

New TechZone Video - What is Genetic Distance? by Diahan Southard

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "What is Genetic Distance?" by Diahan Southard.

What is Genetic Distance?

Genetic Distance s a term used in reference to Y-DNA. Learn what it means and how to use it.

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About the Presenter

Diahan SouthardDiahan Southard is a leading voice for consumer DNA testing from her position as Founder of Your DNA Guide. Diahan teaches internationally, consults with leading testing companies and forensics experts. Southard's company, Your DNA Guide (YourDNAGuide.com), deploys a team of scientists who provide one-on-one genetic genealogy education and research services. She recently published Your DNA Guide-the Book, that takes you on a step-by-step journey with your DNA in order to find answers to your genealogy questions. You will walk away from an interaction wither her enlightened and motivated as she has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

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A question about a family lore leads a scientist to question his surname. “Is my surname really my surname or is the lore correct, that my 2nd great grandfather was adopted?” Solving a 220 year old mystery using DNA, turns this family upside down and introduces them to each other and to a rich family history with connections to slavery.

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MagsGaulden-144x144Mags is a Professional Genealogist specializing in Genetic Genealogy as founder of Grandma’s Genes in Ottawa. Growing up in a family full of family historians, Mags was primed to become a Genealogist. After earning her Bachelors Degree from Columbia College, she began to work her own Genealogy as a "hobby". This 30-year "hobby" eventually led her to a Leader role with WikiTree, where she currently leads: The DNA Innovators Project, The United Empire Loyalist Project and the British Home Children Project. She also leads the Templeton and McElmoyle Name Studies and the McElmoyle DNA Project. Work with WikiTree led to Mags starting Grandma’s Genes in 2016. Mags is an international Genetic Genealogy Lecturer, Blogger and a Social Media Maven. She serves as Admin for Facebook groups including the ISOGG Facebook Group. She is a former member of the Canadian Casualty Identification Team.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Canadian Genealogical Virtual Research Intensive - Meet the Faculty - Course Two

 


An eighth-generation Canadian, Kathryn Lake Hogan, UE, B.A., PLCGS, has been researching both her ancestors and her husband's ancestors for over twenty years. In 2007, she started her own genealogy company, Looking4Ancestors, and began presenting at family history societies in Canada and the United States. Kathryn was an early adopter of virtual presentations and began presenting webinars as well.

Her passion is teaching others how to find their ancestors in Canada.

Kathryn graduated from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (2011) receiving her certificates in British, and Canadian Research, and Genealogical Methodology. She has served as a board member of The Association of Professional Genealogists, as the past Dominion Genealogist of The United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada, as the virtual chat coordinator of Canadian studies for the National Institute, and is currently serving as a director on the board of The Ontario Genealogical Society. She is studying her Level 1 Accreditation with the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists.

Kathryn has taught Canadian genealogy at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (2018), and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (2019). She is the host and presenter of the webinar series she created in 2018, "Genealogy with a Canadian Twist."

Kathryn is the Course Coordinator and an instructor of Course 2: Research Ontario and Quebec Ancestors.

 

Creative entrepreneur Tracey Arial has broken lots of genealogical brick walls by writing the stories of her Canadian ancestors. As an author, journalist and family historian, she loves researching the stories of little-known people who had fascinating lives. Among her works are I Volunteered: Canadian Vietnam Vets Remember, and Beads in a Necklace: Stories from Genealogy Ensemble. She enjoys interviewing family historians and other busy creators from all walks of life on the "Unapologetically Canadian" podcast, and publishes regularly at GenealogyEnsemble.com.

Most of Tracey's ancestors came through Quebec on their North American journey, so she spends a lot of time combing through the archives, investigating land records and interpreting court cases. 


Johanne Gervais, BSc, MBA
, worked for over 25 years at various companies in Montreal, Quebec, implementing computer business systems. She became interested in genealogy while helping her husband write a book about his family for his mother’s 90th birthday. Hooked on genealogy, she left the corporate world to dedicate herself to genealogical research specializing in Quebec genealogy. Johanne has her own company Quebec Family Search providing research assistance in heir searches and tracing families in Quebec back to their country of origin.

She lives in St-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec, only 20 minutes from the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec in Montreal, and does contract work for AncestryProGenealogists, Trace, Legacy Tree, GEN-FIND Research Associates Inc., and Historikerkanzlei Genealogisch-Historische Recherchen GmbH in Austria. Johanne is the founder of the Québec Genealogical eSociety a non-profit virtual genealogical society launched at RootsTech 2018 providing members various tools to conduct their own Quebec research from the comfort of their homes. 


Ken McKinlay
's foray into his family tree research started with three simple family stories that he wanted to confirm or refute. Even though the truths behind those initial tales have been uncovered, more questions continue to surface needing answers. He has now been researching his and other family trees for over 20 years. Although initially making use of the Internet as his primary means of locating relevant documents he now also spends time in archives and libraries looking for those hard to find clues.

Ken has given talks and workshops for various branches of the Ontario Ancestors, British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa, and the Ottawa Public Library. His presentations generally focus on methodologies and providing the skills needed to help solve those brick wall problems. He has a genealogy related blog at Family Tree Knots where he shares the methodologies that he uses in his own research. 


Janice Nickerson
is a professional genealogist with over 35 years of genealogical research experience. She got an early start in the field when she became an avid family historian as a teenager. Her academic training, including a B.A. in Anthropology and Philosophy and an M.A. in Anthropology, honed her research and critical thinking skills and gave her an appreciation for different ways of life throughout history and across the world. Her expertise includes Upper Canadian history, criminal justice records, turning bare bones genealogies into full-fledged family histories, and finding fun ways to share family history finds.

In addition to helping her private clients discover the richness of their ancestral heritage, Janice does heir searching for provincial Public Trustees, writes and lectures on a variety of genealogical topics.

Janice also did much of the genealogical research “behind the scenes” for the CBC’s television series, Who Do You Think You Are?, which aired from October 2007 to February 2008 and APTN's television series, All Our Relations, airing Fall 2013.

Her work with the City of Toronto Museum Services helped create a Book of Remembrance to commemorate the York militia men (and their families) who died in the War of 1812.

Her books, Crime and Punishment in Upper Canada: A Researcher’s Guide (2010), and York’s Sacrifice: Militia Casualties of the War of 1812 (2012) were both published by the joint imprint of the Ontario Genealogical Society and Dundurn Press.

Janice is a proud 8th-generation Canadian, with English, German, Irish, Welsh and First Nations ancestry.

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Register for Webinar Wednesday: Jewish Genealogy with JewishGen.org by Deborah J. Kroopkin

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Debbie Kroopkin will explain the structure and purpose of the many components of the website. She will address how to connect with other researchers, how to identify and learn about your town overseas, and how to search for ancestors. Her presentation will provide details that will help researchers glean as much information as possible from JewishGen.org.

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About the presenter

DeborahKroopkin-144x144Debbie Kroopkin is currently the President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. She has explored her family history for over two decades and now conducts research for others. She has discovered her family origins in Ukraine, Poland and Belarus. Debbie has traced her clients’ families to towns in these countries, as well as Lithuania, Moldova, and Romania. She loves the research hunt and connecting with new families – both in person and on paper.

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The 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon concludes - more than 30k registrants!

8681_genealogy_conference_post_1000_1000_biz2Our 2nd annual 24-hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon was a huge success. More than 30,000 genealogists (32,960 to be exact) from 70 countries registered for the live 26 hour event. Yep, we threw in 2 bonus hours for you as well. The 24 wonderful speakers from 7 countries helped all of us improve our genealogy skills, while even keeping some of our attendees awake for the entire marathon. Wow! :)

You've had so many wonderful things to say about the marathon. Here are just a few of our favorites:

"This has been the best 26 hours I have ever spent. So wonderful. It is like you all read my mind and put on the webinars I would be interested in." - Peggy in Washington

"It was like one big sleep over party. It was fun." - Colleen in Yukon, Canada

"We are all so fortunate that the world of genealogy has these wonderful speakers and Legacy/My Heritage bring them right into our homes to learn!" - Karen in Oregon

"Both Last Year and This years Marathon's Are Absolutely Fantastic! Thank you so Much Geoff, Daniel and Marian for all your hard work and your 8-9 hour shifts. I enjoyed all of you very much and all the hard work of all the presenters. Thank you Mahalo !!" - Roanna in Hawaii

Of the hundreds of hours that we at Legacy Family Tree Webinars, MyHeritage, and the speakers put into this event, we couldn't have been more pleased with the turnout, and with what seemed to be a flawless event. Thanks to Julie for agreeing!

"Best webinar ever - organized, glitch free, nice work everybody."

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The Speakers

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Thanks again to everyone who attended. We sincerely hope it was educational, inspiring, and entertaining! Let's do this again!

Canadian Genealogical VIrtual Research Intensive - Meet the Faculty - Course One

 

Scottish born and Canadian raised, Christine Woodcock is a genealogy educator. When speaking to groups and societies about Scottish research, Christine recognized that a large percentage of the Scots Diaspora had never been to Scotland. To allow researchers the opportunity to research the records in their ancestral homeland, Christine began her business, Genealogy Tours of Scotland.

Christine started the Scottish ViC in 2018, the first virtual conference dedicated to Scottish research, enlisting the assistance of her colleagues in Scotland.  

When not organizing genealogy research tours to Scotland, Christine lectures on Scottish genealogy, hosts webinars, authors blogs and articles. She is the webinar coordinator for the ISBGFH as well as the organizer of the Society's their Virtual Institute. 

Christine is the editor for British Connections, a quarterly newsletter for the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. She authored Moorshead Magazine's Special, "Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry" Issue which was published in May 2017 and was a co-author for their Heritage Travel issue, released in September 2017. She is a frequent contributor to ‘Internet Genealogy’ and ‘Your Family History’ and their sister magazine ‘History Magazine’ Christine has also been published in History Scotland magazine. 

Being a Scottish emigrant, she is fascinated by the stories of other emigrant groups who left their homeland for opportunities in Canada. Her interest is in helping their descendants understand more about their immigrant ancestors and the lives they lived. 

Christine is the Course Coordinator and an instructor of Course 1: Immigration to Canada. 

Peggy Homans Chapman, B.Ed., MLIS, PLCGS has been an amateur genealogist, now professional, for over twenty years. She operates Atlantic Ancestors and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and many genealogical societies. Peggy particularly enjoys the education aspect of genealogy, both informal and formal and has presented on topics ranging from genetic genealogy to Canadian immigration.

 

Carolyn Heald authored The Irish Palatines in Ontario: Religion, Ethnicity, and Rural Migration, and co-edits the Irish Palatine Association Journal. She is a director of the Ontario Genealogical Society’s Irish Palatine Special Interest Group and a recipient of the Eula C. Lapp Award for significant contributions to Irish Palatine genealogy.

 

Lianne Kruger is a professional genealogist and speaker specializing in Canada, homesteading for U.S. and Canada, video recording family history, and using technology in all aspects of genealogy such as Evernote, Google Maps, and Social Media. She is a member of the board and communication director for mitoYDNA.org. She is on the Ancestry.ca advisory board and is the webmaster, database and social media chair for Alberta Genealogical Society (AGS). She previously served six years as 1st VP of AGS and President of Red Deer Branch. She earned the AGS President’s award in 2020. She has earned a certificate and Associate degree in Family History from Brigham Young University Idaho. She earned a computer degree, has taught computer software courses since 1982 and is currently teaching for Red Deer College. She speaks at education conferences on computer software and Makerspaces.

Lianne is a frequent speaker at conferences and webinars including RootsTech, NGS, Legacy FamilyTree Webinars, FamilyRoots, THE Genealogy Show (UK), Ontario Ancestors, and BIFHSGO. She has articles published in BYU Studies Quarterly, FamilySearch, Ancestry, LDSTech, SK Translations, ISBGFH, and AGS Relatively Speaking. Lianne is a member of Associate of Professional Genealogists, AGS, Ontario Ancestors, and National Genealogical Society.

 

Robyn Morales (Nee Senger), is an active German Russian genealogy volunteer. Members of about 10 organizations and board advisor to 5. By day, a computer tech and mom, by night a genealogist specializing on running online Zoom conferences on German Russian Genealogy  and hunting the hard to find.

 

Gary Schroder has been the President of the Quebec Family History Society since 1995. He has taught family history courses at McGill University and at Champlain College. He was a member of the former Special Advisory Board of Library and Archives Canada. He has lectured across North America on various genealogical topics and he has been a frequent guest on Canadian Radio and Television answering a wide variety of genealogical questions relating to Canada, Military Records, and the British Isles.

 

Linda Yip is a genealogist, public speaker, storyteller, writer, photographer, and entrepreneur. She tells you this because she brings all her creative skills to bear on her research. To Linda, genealogy only begins with the BMDs. There is so much more to know about our ancestors. Linda got started in genealogy with her own Chinese ancestry, and she's privileged to be on the Ancestry Advisory Board of Canadian Genealogists. Her skills come from focusing on the particular challenges presented by Asian genealogy, and she has done genealogical research into subjects from Chinese disenfranchisement to Japanese internment. She also enjoys tracking ancestors from British Columbia to Newfoundland, and especially in Saskatchewan, where she currently resides. In her former life, Linda was Executive Assistant to the Firm Managing Partner and Board for an international law firm. She personally assisted dozens of legal teams on major cases. Now she uses those administrative skills to help genealogists organize their finds with Evernote. After all, if you can't find it when you need it, it's the same as not having it at all! Linda a proud member of the Saskatchewan, and British Columbia genealogy societies in Canada, and the Seattle Genealogical Society in the USA, plus the Chinese Canadian Historical Society. She hosts a monthly Chinese genealogy coffee chat on Zoom with the BCGS, and runs a private Facebook Group: Genealogy for Asian Canadians, where she tries to bust brick walls in real time.

 To register: https://www.cgvri.com/p/course-1-immigration-to-canada.html