What Time is it on Your Genealogical Clock?
This question encourages all genealogists to think about what the future of their genealogy and genealogical papers will be. David will discuss the horror stories of unplanned collections of genealogical papers simply destroyed and will also raise the issues regarding what we are not leaving our future generations based on current practices. He will bring home ideas and strategies to help preserve the worthwhile past whilst helping genealogists consider what time it is on their own genealogical clock so they can make plans for the preservation of their family papers.
Family History and Journals
As family historians we have an appreciation for historical records. With that perspective, we also should feel an obligation to prevent barriers to future generations by leaving an account of our own lives, or the lives of those we’ve researched. Using the example of Lewis and Clark, intrepid explorers of 1804, David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize winning author of 1776 and John Adams, and using Stephen’s own mother’s journal, he will explain and encourage the recording of stories. Having to reconstruct the lives of even our closest loves ones can be difficult without the records which go beyond the bare bones of birth, marriage, and death. Another example Stephen will share is his ongoing research and writing into the story of his father’s participation on D-Day on a Canadian minesweeper which swept a cleared channel to Omaha Beach.
Charity Begins in Our Ancestral Homes
What are the benefits and strategies for seeking local resources to break down brick walls? We live in the digital age and the idea of reaching out to local repositories and local experts is a route many genealogists overlook. David will discuss how we as genealogists can assist the efforts of our ancestral hometowns. From the creation of social media pages, to transcribing and digitizing collections. The universal focus is directed to how our local ancestral homes can help us and we can help them.
Mapping Secrets: Two Wars, Two Canadian Soldiers
Many soldiers just don’t want to share their war stories and some soldiers have no choice but to keep their secrets. Every soldier in every war must bear the burden of secrets. Travel the journey of two Canadian Soldiers and learn the secrets they have borne for many years and how those secrets are finally revealed.