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Ancestry's Online Family TreesLesley AndersonWith easy access to billions of records through Ancestry, keeping track of all your finds can be a challenge. That’s where online trees come in. They give you a convenient place to store all the records you’ve found so you can easily put your finger (or mouse) on them when you need to reference the information they contain. Not only that, but with new technology that allows you to sync your online tree with your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, you don’t ever have to be without access to your family information when you’re on the go. Trees also allow you to share your research with family members you choose to invite to your tree, and if you choose to invite them as contributors or editors, they can even help you grow your tree. You might even find that family bible or historical documents you didn’t know existed! Searching Canadian RecordsLesley AndersonThis presentation is a basic overview of how to use Ancestry’s Canadian website,, but there are many useful hints for anyone starting out on Ancestry no matter which country you're researching in. Topics include Census, Birth, Marriage and Death, Immigration, Military, Family Trees and DNA. Helpful search tips will also be covered so that you can get effective results.
Ancestry's Drouin Collection: Search Tips & GemsAndrea ListerThe Drouin Collection on Ancestry captures over 25 million French-Canadian and English historical records from 1621-1967. The collection includes baptism, marriage and burial records from Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and various New England states from multiple religious denominations and cultural backgrounds. Are you unable to find your ancestors in the Drouin Collection even though you are positive they should be there? Let’s look at some alternative ways to browse the collection. We will also look at some interesting records that give insight into the life of your ancestors and their neighbours.
Autosomal DNA: Can You Help Me Find My Cousins?Mary Kathryn KozyDiscusses what autosomal DNA testing is, what it isn’t, talks about ethnicity testing, the differences between the various testing companies, and how to use atDNA for genealogy.
Blogging Your Family HistoryM. Diane RogersWriting your own family history blog will introduce you to unknown cousins, widen your research horizons, help you to organize your information and evidence, even interest your closest relatives in your research. Learn how to easily start your own family history blog - for free – in six simple steps.
Cloverdale Library: Resources for Family HistoryPaul MacDonellThis class will give an overview of some of the special resources Cloverdale Library offers family historians.The Cloverdale Library contains a special Canadian collection of genealogy-related books and materials (one of the largest such collections in the country). The library also has access (at no charge) to several electronic databases (e.g., Ancestry Library Edition; Find My Past) that contain records of individuals from a variety of countries throughout the world.
Copyright for Print & DigitalAndrea ListerWhat does using an image in your printed book, on your website, on Facebook, in a tweet, and on your blog have in common? You just published it. People need to understand the basics of copyright before they publish.
Decoding the DashDave ObeeGrave markers often show the birth and death dates, with a dash in between the two dates. Those dates are usually the least interesting aspects of a person's life, because it is what is in between that counts. Lives are not measured by start and end dates; if so, they would have no meaning. This session uses examples to show what might happen when we start digging on the Internet, on the standard family history sites and beyond, and then dive into records in archives and libraries. It is easier than ever to tell the stories of your ancestors' lives.
DNA: Maternal & Paternal Lines - mtDNA and yDNAMary Kathryn KozyWe will discuss what these types of testing are and how you can use them to resolve genealogical questions and brick walls. I also discuss knowing who to test.
England Advanced Wills: A Genealogist's GuideBrian PorterWills are an essential component of genealogical research and this class will concentrate on the core elements of English wills and how to effectively interpret them.
English Research : Using FamilySearch WikiSusan SnalamEnglish Research and Wiki - where do you turn to for further information, when you’ve exhausted the usual avenues for BMD’s for your English ancestors? Searching the Wiki (online genealogical encyclopedia,) can give you not only links to other places to search, but also historical information about the places where your ancestors lived and worked in England. Links are provided to government and commercial sites plus other English genealogical organizations that you can explore.
FamilySearch Family Tree: Adding Memories & Creating SourcesJeannie VanceLearn how to add photos, stories and audio files to people in your Familysearch family tree. Learn how to find media others have added to your ancestors. Also learn how to create and attach sources including scanned documents as supporting evidence for people in your family tree.
FamilySearch Family Tree: Getting StartedChristine HitchmoughThis class covers:
A guided tour of the FamilySearch FamilyTree web site at
1. How to register for an account
2. How to get started in Family Tree
3. Finding records to populate your tree
4. Adding sources
5. How to use the Help Centre in FamilySearch
6. Discovering the Learning Centre and its contents with tips on how to find the knowledge articles to help you get the most out of the site.
*For LDS members or other interested patrons there will be a short session at the end of the class on finding names for the temple, reserving names, and printing cards.
FamilySearch: Searching Records & GenealogiesChristine HitchmoughThis class is about using Familysearch to find records of proof about the lives of our ancestors. Knowing how to use the tools available in to increase your opportunity of finding sources and attaching the Source to the record in Familytree. The class will also include a brief description on registering for and using the partner sites.
Getting Started at Family HistoryEunice RobinsonWhat is family history and how does it differ from genealogy? What do DOB, TNA, and SLC mean to the family historian?  This talk will set the stage for the rest of the Beginner Track classes being offered.
Getting the Most Out of Records: Wring Those Records Dry: Gayel KnottGetting the most out of records, with a comparison of similar record groups/types from different countries.
Introduction to Research in Eastern EuropeDave ObeeBoundary changes and unfamiliar languages can make research in countries such as Ukraine and Poland difficult, but there are ways to get past the hurdles. Using geographic tools will make it easier for you to discover which records might be available, and where they are held. With more material being placed online every year, it is possible to make progress that would have seemed impossible not that long ago.
Involving Family in Family HistorySally HaysomMany people desire to know where they come from, but a sense of belonging is especially important for children and youth. A knowledge about their family history gives children of all ages a sense of their place in the world. It can also give young people something to live up to—a legacy to respect. Family history also provides an opportunity for children and teenagers to make a meaningful contribution to something bigger than themselves. This class will provide ideas about how to involve children, youth and other extended adults in family history activities. Children and youth who develop an interest in family history are more likely to participate in family history throughout their lives.
Ireland: Are Your People Really Irish?Eunice RobinsonHave you been told your ancestry is Irish?  Do you know for sure?  Let’s start with the Canadian records and trace your family backwards.  Hopefully the clues, records and information will lead you to a specific location in Ireland.
LDS Family History Centre ResourcesPat & Dave BurnsLDS family history centres have access to one of the most comprehensive genealogical data bases in the world as well as a number of subscription websites that can be used for free at family history centres. We have other resources which vary from centre to centre. We have people to help you get started or continue your research. Our volunteers come from the community and the church and collectively search the world.
Objects With Tales to Tell: Preserving Family Stories Through HeirloomsKaren Inkster VanceFamily heirlooms give us insight into the lives of our ancestors and help us better understand our family’s history. Learn how to create an heirloom inventory as well as document and preserve the accompanying stories that give these treasures meaning. This session includes inspirational ideas for displaying family objects in our homes and creative projects for sharing these heirlooms with family members.
Organize: The Second Prime DirectiveBrenda SmithAs the paper and web site visits accumulate, the frustration deepens. A tidy workspace, a research log, and coherent files support the family historian’s search for ancestors. Learn to create tools for organizing research activities and results.
RT Video: 7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy DiscoveriesMike MansfieldIn the last decade, technology has revitalized genealogy, opening many new frontiers for research, preservation and sharing while maintaining the thrill of the detective hunt. The important intersection of technology and genealogy is the center of this talk. We will discuss 7 of MyHeritage's key technologies, including Smart Matches, Record Matches, Record Detective, the new Instant Discoveries and Global Name Translation. We will describe the challenges they solve, and explain how you can make the most of them for your family history research.
RT Video: Finding Elusive Records on FamilySearchRobert KehrerWhat do you do if your ancestor's records doesn't come up in your initial search? A significant portion of the records on FamilySearch are not indexed and can't be searched using the form. For a number of historical, technical or genealogical reasons, an ancestor's record may be challenging to find. This session will walk through some of the common difficulties confronted by researchers and demonstrate how to use the FamilySearch systems to find that elusive record.
RT Video: Identifying Family PhotosMaureen TaylorLearn five basic steps to take a photo from unknown to part of your family story. Step 1: Study the clues in a picture by looking at the photographic format, the photographer, the clothing, the caption and the clothing. Create a worksheet. Step 2: Unravel the caption. Is it correct? Family history clues to look for. Step 3: Connect to Cousins using social media (like Facebook) and reunion sites as networking tools. Step 4: Research the clues. Online fashion resources, photographer databases and photo identification tips. Step 5: Spread the word. The best places to post pictures. Add up the facts and verify your findings!
RT Video: My Ancestors Are From Britain: What Do I Do Next?Myko ClellandAn estimated over 72 million Americans have British roots, but we're much more than a royal family! Discover the many different kinds of records of the British Isles available to a genealogical researcher, how they differ from records found in the United States whilst learning what to be aware of when studying them. From the moment your ancestors arrived in the United States back to the medieval era, explore local traditions, historic events, and the records you can use to connect the pieces that reveal your British heritage—even if you only know their name and national origin. Examples will be given of passenger lists, wills, court records, censuses and substitutes, church records, government registers, local historic newspapers, occupational rolls, institutional and military records throughout that show not only how to use and understand these documents but the historical context behind their existence and how to use them when uncovering the stories that reveal our ancestors' lives.
RT Video: Proven Methodology for Using Google for GenealogyLisa Louise CookAs genealogist we follow a process, so why do we Google so haphazardly? Bring method to the madness of millions of results with this tried and true methodology for using Google for your genealogy research. Google expert and author of The Genealogist's Google Toolbox, Second Edition Lisa Louise Cooke will walk you through the process, provide you with the tools and WOW your socks off with real-life examples of Googling success. You will leave this class inspired to revisit using Google for your online searches, and armed with the latest strategies to do so successfully. Not everything is online by any stretch, but even offline sources are more efficiently discovered and accessed when you start online. And the fastest and most effective way to locate online data, whether it resides on a university website or the blog of a distant cousin you've never met, is Google!
Scotland: Getting the Most Out of Scottish Genealogical Resources on the InternetGeorge CaldwellThe availability of numerous genealogical resources on the internet has allowed us the opportunity to trace our Scottish ancestors from the comfort of home. This presentation will provide tips and techniques on how to search these various internet collections and how to interweave the information garnered from these records to build your Scottish family. The use of examples will illustrate the process of tracing your ancestors in Scotland, following them on their journey to the new world and, at times, back the old country.
Snapshot Stories: Using Photos & Images to Enhance Your Written Family HistoryKaren Inkster VanceA  picture is worth a thousand words – but which words? Learn how photos and their narratives can add depth and dimension to your written family history. In this session we will discuss extracting insightful story clues from family photos, writing photo captions, finding alternate images in the absence of family photos, and practical tips for organizing, selecting, scanning and placing photos in your published family history.
Social Media for Family History: Why Bother?Mary Kathryn KozyWith the massive popularity of social media amongst all ages, it isn’t to be wondered that it would be helpful to the genealogist. Sites like Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube, as well as webinars, blogs and podcasts, can be invaluable for meeting new cousins; sharing research ideas, records, and photos; and genealogical education. Come learn how social media can help you further your genealogy research goals!
The Honeymoon was Over: Marriage Customs & ConsequencesBrenda SmithMarriage is a process that begins with the honeymoon and resolves in death, divorce or desertion, the stories of these events reveal the richness of the human experience. Explore the range or sources for describing the complexities of intimate relationships.
The Power of Source CitationsGayel KnottWhy site sources; how to cite source; how to use source citations to evaluate research, your own and others.
The Search for Frank Liddell: Case ClosedDave ObeeFrank Liddell was born in Coleraine, County Derry, Ireland in the 1880s. Or was he? Frank came to Canada in 1910. Or did he? Why doesn't he appear in any of the records? Why is there no trace of the first 25 years of his life? Checking all available source documents reveals the answers -- and raises many, many more questions. This is a great detective case.
Tracking Robert Souter: A Scottish Canadian Case StudyBrenda SmithJoin Brenda as she starts with a minor reference to a family neighbour to uncover an intriguing 20th century Scottish immigrant. Follow Souter to the Peace River Country of British Columbia and back to France with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Examine the records that reveal Souter’s resourceful negotiation of the trenches of World War I and the western frontier landscape.
United Empire LoyalistsMarlene DanceDid you know that the Loyalists were Canada’s first refugees? Over 50,000 residents of the former 13 Colonies fled the persecution, destruction and confiscation of their land and possessions during the American Revolution. They hoped for a negotiated settlement and didn’t want to take up arms against the King. In return for their loyalty they received an allotment of free land in the British held Upper and Lower Canada from 1782 onwards and the honour of having the designation UE placed after their names and the names of all their descendants both male and female. They found a new home and created a new Country.  Most arrived in Nova Scotia by ship out of New York, some trekked overland across the Niagara River to the peninsula that became part of Ontario. The areas they settled in became PEI, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Lower Quebec. If you have family history from these provinces you might be a Loyalist and deserving of recognition with the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada. This is Canada’s only hereditary title. Find out how you can find you Loyalist ancestor.
What Will You Discover with AncestryDNA?Lesley AndersonAncestry DNA is a cutting-edge genetic testing service that can revolutionize the way you look at your family history. It combines advanced science with the world’s largest genealogy resource to help reveal your ethnic roots and find you new family connections. Are your deep roots from Ireland, Eastern Europe or even Vikings? Come and see how combining your family history research and DNA can break down brick walls and connect you with living cousins.
What's New at the British Columbia Genealogical Society's Library?Cathy MageeResources available at the BCGS Walter Dreycott library here in Surrey. There have been many changes at the library this year and this class will cover the changes. Also, learn the benefits and activities available to you as a member of BCGS.
Writing Your Family History Using MS WordEunice RobinsonFor the past 40 years, I have used MS Word to write my family stories.  During this session I will show participants how I have done it – formatting, numbering system, adding photos and photos, and hopefully inspire participants to try this system themselves.