Class nameSpeakerDetails
Ancestors in ContextKaren Inkster VanceFamily history is more than just adding facts to your family tree. Going beyond names and dates to place your ancestors in historical context will not only provide clues for future research paths but will help you create a sketch of your ancestors' daily lives and better understand the decisions they made as a result of what was happening around them. In this session you will learn where to find helpful social and historical resources - particularly those available online - and how to analyze and glean fragments of information from documents such as maps, local histories, newspapers and directories to piece together the rich lives that your ancestors led.
BCGS - 6000 Years of Expertise & Research SkillsJudith Ueland & Rob WhitlockPast BCGS presidents Judith Ueland and Rob Whitlock will talk about the role of genealogical societies in today's computer-based reality. The major companies imply that all is available online and we know that is not the case. Face-to-face contact provides members with the length and breadth of experience of seasoned researchers, many of whom have spent many decades in the trenches. Learn about the new benefits to being a member of a local genealogical society such as the British Columbia Genealogical Society or other societies within the province.
Beginning Genealogy: Where Do I Start?Mary Kathryn KozyGenealogy is one of the hottest hobbies (and topics) around today! What with computer programs, websites, online databases and DNA, it’s a bit overwhelming. If you’re just beginning (or you’d like to and don’t know how), this class will take you step-by-step with how to get started. We’ll cover why a genealogical database is important, collecting your first records, what is—and more importantly, isn’t—online, and how to easily share what you are discovering with others. You’ll leave just a little more excited about family history!
Brick Walls, Really?Brenda L. SmithAre you up against the wall, or lost in a deep, dark forest of your family’s nurturing? Consider the possibility that the research problem you have encountered can be solved by improving your range of family history research techniques.
Census 101Karen Inkster VanceCensus records are a key jumping off place to start in the search for your ancestors. Generally taken every ten years, these records can help you determine names, ages, birthplaces, immigration details, occupations, religion and residences of family members. In this session you will learn practical tips to locate, analyze and interpret census records (no matter what country you are researching in) and you will use census data to solve a real family history mystery!
Cloverdale Library: Fun Facts & FindsJamie BrownNever visited Cloverdale Library Family History Department? Well, here is your snapshot of what we have to offer the family historian.  Fun finds such as pre-1842 Canadian Census records, vital records Canada-wide, wills and probate, land and maps, and a large collection of print materials-- all Canadian-based.  We will also take a quick look at equipment, databases, services, and programs that Cloverdale Family history department can provide to the beginner to expert researcher. Come and join us, bring questions!
Crowd SourcingDave ObeeAre you stuck? Get help from others -- sometimes, in surprising ways. The word "crowdsourcing" might be new, but the concept has been around for decades. It's all about drawing from the work of other people, including those who were gathering information or jotting down observations a century or more ago. The Internet makes this easier than ever before, but you will need to look beyond basic genealogical sources.
DNA: I've Had My DNA Tested - Now What?Mary Kathryn KozyDNA testing has really come to the fore as a way of helping us to break through brick walls in our genealogical research. Many people have had their DNA tested only to get some rather confusing results that they don’t understand, much less know how to use to advance their research. This lecture will briefly review what DNA testing is and what it can—and can’t—tell you. More specifically, we’ll be discussing autosomal DNA in this lecture and the tools available online from the testing companies, as well as third-party entities, to help you interpret your results.
England BeginnerRob WhitlockA case study will be reviewed showing various sources for tracing a family's history from Canada back to England, taking personal research through each step, employing FamilySearch, Ancestry, FindMyPast and the Guild of One Name Societies.
England: Intermediate & AdvancedRob WhitlockA session looking at the evolution of records in England before civil registration, in the context of historical developments in the country and frequent changes to county affiliations. Determining where records are located is often a challenge, and attendees will be given an overview about locating elusive records
Family History on the Canadian PrairiesDave ObeeYou don't necessarily have to go there to trace your ancestors in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba - a lot of information is available on the Web, through the mail, and at your local library. This session offers insight into some of the lesser-known sources of information, as well as an explanation of the Dominion Land Survey, the basis for the farm divisions on the Prairies. Includes a list of web sites to use.
Family Stories from Family membersSandra BorgerGenealogy is all about family stories. Genealogists obtain those stories through diaries, letters, census, photographs, birth certificates, and more. All these sources share one quality – they provide a finite amount of information. People, however, have endless amounts of information, of stories. This presentation will teach you the first steps in doing oral interviews with family members in a way that is respectful, professional and will yield the most amount of information.
FamilySearch Family Tree: Getting StartedShauna EasthopeLearn how to work collaboratively with extended family using Family Tree within  This free program allows you to build family trees, record your ancestors' life facts, stories and pictures.  Find family connections from millions of records stored within the Family Search database.
Finding Your Ancestors in Scottish CemeteriesLorraine IrvingI have had some success finding my ancestors in cemeteries in the North East and Glasgow. If possible, I recommend visiting the grave site but if this is not possible, there are other ways to get this information. I will cover internet sources, how to interpret the information on the monument including symbols that may have been used, how to obtain a photo of the monument, and other sources of information
Finding Your Lost British Home ChildMarlene DanceDid you know that between 1869 and 1932 over 100,000 British Children were sent to Canada during the Child emigration movement? It is estimated that there are over 4 million descendants of these children in Canada today. Are you one? Do you have a British Home Child in your family? How can you get help and information? This is one story.
From Lost to Found - OrganizingGayel KnottOrganization can one of the hardest things for genealogists to do - why waste time organizing when more research is just crying out to be done? Taking the time to organize what you already know, what you have already done, what you plan to do in the future, will save you even more time. It will stop you from doing the same research over and over. And, you will be able to FIND what you already know and have done. We'll look at some of the traditional ways of organizing your research and how they can help you, as well as how they are often presented in the present day.
Genealogy Software Programs - Yesterday, Today & TomorrowMary Kathryn KozyEveryone wants to know “What’s the best genealogy software program?” This class will give you a little history of the genealogical software industry and who the major players are today. We’ll look at software for Windows and Mac (and even one for Linux!) and why having your own desktop version is important in the era of online family trees. We’ll talk features, ease of use, and how well the programs integrate with sites like FamilySearch Family Tree and Ancestry trees. Come and learn which one is right for you!
Geography & GenealogyDave ObeeIt is impossible to do comprehensive genealogical research without an understanding of where your ancestors lived. There are several good reasons to use geographic tools in your research. They help you to determine where you are from. They will also help you to find records dealing with your family. Maps and atlases help genealogists sort out where their ancestors lived in relation to regional and national boundaries, churches, rail lines, and other factors that help determine which records hold most hope. Geographic tools will also give you a sense of what life was like for your ancestors. This talk provides a basic overview of what to look for, and how to use the information that you find. Examples from Europe but the principles have universal application.
How True Is That Family Legend?Judith UelandDo you wonder about the reality of those interesting stories you have heard from your family? Follow the research records to prove – or disprove - the claims almost all families have about connecting to the famous, infamous or even just regular folks. Three examples in Canada, the United States and England will help to make your family portrayal more complete.
Indexing Your Family History & Using IndexesPaul MacDonellCertainly someone publishing a book should have an index but that isn’t their only purpose.  Anyone who creates a family history document to share with others (self-published or simply shared with a small group) might want to think about it.  MS Word has an embedded index function that not a lot of people know about. Electronic documents/sites etc. can also have indexes.  Also even using an index, although not difficult, does require some amount of familiarity with some standard conventions.
Irish ResearchEunice RobinsonResearching in Ireland has become easier in the past few years.  Many records are now online, or available through subscription or free websites.  This session will explore these sites and the records that they contain.
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.
Making Ancestry DNA Work for YouLil HeseltonHow to get the most out of Ancestry DNA  with a brief reference to Gedmatch. There are a few ways you can manipulate the Ancestry results to give you more info…. Most don’t use it effectively- This will consider how to use your Ancestry DNA results. It will NOT be a primer to DNA in general.
Moving to a New Life: Migration Beyond Ships' ListsBrenda L. SmithMigration from Europe to the Americas dates from the 1600s. In 1918, Canada’s population was about 8 million, when immigrants since 1902 accounted for an increase of 3 million. Your ancestors may have migrated through several geographic regions before ending up where you have found them. Beyond ships’ passenger lists that are commonly consulted, investigate the other places to look for migration records.
Researching Cross Border MigrationsTerry RogersIn this course, you will be exposed to techniques for using the extensive internet information databases on migrations to find ancestors. These will cover in particular, migrations that started elsewhere in the world and ended in North America as well as the many migrations around North America in the 19th and 20th century.. He will also touch on how to research migrations in other parts of the world. He will cover some of the better databases of information about migrants to North America in the 18th through the 20th century.
Researching OntarioMargaret RogersThe course will cover what is available both on line and in various repositories in Ontario and elsewhere. It will include Vital records ( BMD), Wills, Estate and Land records, Church records, Immigration, Census, Cemetery, citizenship, special collections such as Home Children, UEL, Historical, Court, Newspapers and other records of interest.
Reunion PlanningSally HaysomThis class will help you organize your next family reunion whether it is for 50 people or 500. You will learn how to organize the troops, delegate the responsibilities, with ideas on fund raising, planning and executing menus, and invitation ideas.
RT Video: Comparing Ancestry, FMP, FS & MyHeritageSunny MortonSee a side by side comparison of features and records available at Ancestry, FindMyPast, FamilySearch and MyHeritage.
RT Video: DNA - The Glue That Holds Families TogetherDiahan SouthardUnderstand what DNA is and how to use DNA testing to document your research.
RT Video: Don't Just Be A Searcher, Be a ResearcherCrista CowanCrista Cowan, Corporate Genealogist at Ancestry, also known as the Barefoot Genealogist, discusses the difference between searching for and researching your ancestors.
RT Video: Keynote - Family Ties with Drew & Jonathan ScottDrew & Jonathan ScottKeynote topic is their family ties, the can-do attitudes it fostered, their positive outlooks, childhoods, their careers, and their shared passions for buying and renovating property and for the entertainment industry.
Snapshot Stories: Enhance Your 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.
The Family History Guide, FS Wiki & MoreJeannie VanceDo you need to learn how to research, find what records are available or where to access them? Are you having trouble with FS Family Tree. The Family History Guide and the FS Wiki can help with these and many other questions. The class will show you what is available and show you how to locate and use these sites.
The Perfect QuestionBrenda L. SmithIf you have the chance to ask your ancestor one question, how can you frame the query to encourage a useful reply? Refine your research techniques for approaching your family, archivists and librarians, and even your elusive ancestor.
Timing It: TimelinesGayel KnottIt's often said that timing is everything. Time Lines can be a great way to organize your genealogical research, especially for problem solving and story telling. We'll look at how some of the ways to use Time Lines in your research, and how they might help you.
Types of Records: For BeginnersSally HaysomThe purpose of this class will be to help you discover your ancestry using the records available in the Family History Library and in the Family Search Centre. You will learn which types of records are available, learn how to decide what you need to learn about your family, learn how to obtain and search records, and learn how to use the information you find. 
Using Local History in Family History ResearchEunice RobinsonOne resource that family historians may overlook, is that of the local history groups or local historians. In this session, we will discuss the kinds of information that these resources collect and how this information can expand our family's history.
Where are the Women in My Family History?M. Diane RogersResearching women can be frustrating; women's names and activities are often missing from widely known sources, for instance, naturalization, land and inheritance records.  One strategy which will be illustrated, cluster genealogy, is extremely useful, as will be locating and decoding lesser used records relating to women's relationships and lives.