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Mags Gaulden

DNA 101 – Where to, How to and Why to Test

This workshop will cover the basics of working auDNA into your genealogical research, from choosing the right test to downloading and uploading your raw data to third party sites for comparison and matching.

It will include both basic and intermediate auDNA research – working with the results, matching and finding close relations back to our most common recent ancestors.

DNA 301 – Above and Beyond the Basics

YDNA, mtDNA and XDNA in depth. How do we inherit Y, mt and XDNA? How do we work with our results? This workshop will specifically look at matching and breaking down barriers using these DNA test results.

Kirsty Gray

How to Trace Your UK Ancestry

From the comfort of your home (outside the UK), trying to uncover your roots (whether in England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales) can be an extremely challenging task. However, it is far from impossible with a plethora of information available online from books to databases, transcriptions to images, photographs and other (numerous) online sources. This workshop will provide individual case studies to highlight what is available online and offline, hands-on tips and details of how offline material might be accessed from afar.

Using Family Reconstruction to Break Down Brick Walls

So, you’ve hit a brick wall in your research? What do you do about it? Leave it for years and hope it will crumble without giving it any attention? Why not use family reconstruction….! In this workshop, Kirsty will provide practical tips, methods and ideas to assist with the more challenging problems in your tree as well as detailing how family reconstruction can help in surname and place studies.

[Disclaimer: Attending this lecture/workshop does not mean that your wall will automatically tumble down.]

Lianne Kruger

The How’s and Why’s of Blogging

Why create a blog? In this workshop, Lianne will discuss the various reasons why you should create a blog. What will be your purpose and emphasis? Who will you share this with? Why share it to the world and why not? The workshop will take you through the following steps:

  • How to create a blog
  • Choosing a theme
  • How to create a blog post
  • How to upload photos
  • Share the blog with family

**During the three hour workshop, attendees will create a blog, add posts and so on, so they will walk away with a working blog.

Personal Genealogical Forms in Word

You have a form to keep track of your documents or to record what you have researched but it isn’t exactly as you would like it to be. The layout is wrong, the columns are in the wrong order, or there is something that you want to change. You can and may have used white out in the past. Instead, learn how to make a table in Google Sheets. Google Sheets is a free program; and because you made it in Google Sheets you can easily share it with family. Learn how to make several different useful genealogical forms in Google Sheets that will help you organize your research.

Lianne will show you how to turn text and how to manipulate the data by using filter, sort, hide rows/columns and more. Forms such as:

  • newspaper articles lists
  • research dates and sites, books, microfilm, etc
  • document inventory

***Participants must bring a laptop/tablet to this workshop.

David Allen Lambert

Virtual Family Reunions: Embrace Social Media to Reunite Your Distant Cousins

This workshop will teach you how to use social media (with particular focus on Facebook) as a resource for your genealogy, helping you to create a free “Family Homestead”, gather your cousins and share photos and family stories. Using social media, you can host a virtual family reunion and keep your distant family in better contact.

Jane MacNamara

Lots, Concessions, and Landscape: Understanding Ontario Land Registry Records

Ontario land registry records are becoming available in more places than ever before—but for researchers new to these records, words like lot, concession, abstract, and instrument may be confusing. However, they are also crucial to locating a parcel of land and the records of ownership. This workshop will focus on helping you understand how land is divided and identified in Ontario both historically and today. We’ll look at how townships were surveyed, and why there so many variations. What do these variations mean to your research? What happens in a town or a city?

The workshop will also demonstrate sources to help you find your ancestor’s property description and then locate it on a map as well as looking at how you can use the property description to find the records of purchases and other transactions that can add so much to your ancestor’s story.

Lynn Palermo

Writing Ancestor Profiles – When you’re Overwhelmed with Where to Begin Writing

Ancestor Profiles are the perfect place to start. Ancestor Profiles are short vignettes that capture an aspect or small snapshot of your ancestor. It’s a great way to write about an ancestor when you have limited knowledge of them or when you only have room in the book for a brief picture of their life. Ancestor Profiles are also great for blog posts, Facebook posts, to share in newsletters and they can be added to your family history book. Get your feet wet in writing family history with Ancestor Profiles.

Don’t Just Dream It. Plan It. Do It. Creating an Heirloom Family History Book

If you’re not sure how to take your family history research and turn it into a book you can leave for future generations then this workshop is definitely for you. You will discover how to transform your ideas for a dream family history book into a realistic plan that you can execute and complete. You’ll learn how to take your years of research and shape it into a beautiful descendant’s book. You’ll explore the various considerations before beginning your book. You’ll get a look into the making of Lynn’s own family history book. You’ll also discover a variety of bookmaking software to help you create a stunning coffee table style book. Lynn’s done all the footwork for you with plenty of tips for taking you from idea to the published product.

Carol St. Clair

Handwriting Analysis: The Secrets to Understanding Victorian Penmanship

Every family historian knows the excitement we experience when we discover a new ancestor’s birth and death dates, where they lived, what they did for a living etc… But it often leaves us wishing we could have met them and gotten to know them. What were they like when they were alive? Were they short tempered like aunt Vera, or relaxed and easy going like Grampa? The study of Handwriting Analysis can bring those ancestors personalities to light.

This workshop will teach you the basics of assessing character through handwriting. In the process, you will learn that you already make judgments about people simply from their handwriting. Now you will understand the how and why. We will also look at the handwriting of a few infamous characters from history to show what their handwriting says about them.

One of the most frustrating parts of researching our ancestors is trying to decipher the penmanship of the census taker. Transcription errors can lead to some pretty bizarre name variation. In this workshop, Carol will also teach you how to look at writing like a puzzle and increase your ability to correctly read Victorian penmanship.

Stephen Young

Descendancy Research: Branching Out on Your Family Tree

Most genealogists focus attention on climbing their family tree; this workshop focuses on moving laterally out onto the branches. The whys and hows of conducting descendancy research is presented with practical examples in finding information and artifacts that provide further clues and documentary enrichment to ancestral lines. Demonstrations of websites such as FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, and My Heritage, will provide a dynamic and simple way of collaborating on research, and just as importantly, in sharing photos, stories and artifacts not known to other branches of your family.