Classes, Instructors & Descriptions: Finding Your Roots 2019

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An Uneasy Neighbour: The Discovery of Trapper Frank WeberHandout

Brenda L. Smith

This case study presents the analysis of Frank’s prison admission form to discover his German roots in Poland, his journey across North America, and his years on a trapline in northern British Columbia. From one historic document, see the story unfold as the research traces every hint through a wide range of research sources.

Ancestry DNA – Thrulines – No Handout

Diane Rogers          

Ancestry’s new tool Thrulines offers ancestral groupings and suggestions for ‘potential ancestors’ based on information from DNA matches and member-submitted trees. As helpful and even exciting as this can be, as with other genealogy research, caution is advised. Learn strategies for evaluating and confirming these new relationships.

Are You Barking up the Wrong Tree?Handout  

Marlene Dance 

What are the most common last names you will encounter? What about first names? Put them together and you have a good opportunity to choose the wrong person and go astray. It is so very easy to take a wrong branch and add it to you family tree. We don’t want to attach an incorrect person to your family tree. What are the pitfalls? Here are some simple and important steps to prevent that from happening.

Beyond the Online Basics: A Genealogical Guide to Digital CollectionsHandout  

Dave Obee     

There are billions of scanned pages on the Internet — a collection that few physical libraries could match. The problem is that many pages relevant to your research can be difficult to track down, since they are not on the usual genealogy websites. This session provides ideas on how to find the documents that will help you learn more about your families, or the local histories of the areas where they lived.

Can you prove that? Standards of Proof for Family History Research     Brenda L. Smith Examine qualities of evidence and apply standards of proof. Develop and practice data interpretation and assessment techniques that help you place each piece of evidence on the continuum of proof.

Can You Prove That? Standards of Proof for Family History ResearchHandout

Brenda L. Smith 

Examine qualitites of evidence and apply standards of proof. Develop and practice data interpretion and assessment techniques that help you place each of piece of evidence on the continuum of proof.

Canadiana Website Handout   

Dave Obee     

The Canadiana website has a vast amount of material for family historians, but not many use it or even know about it. Canadiana’s rich genealogy and local history collection includes local and family histories, telling of pioneering, settlement, and local government in early Canada. The focus on individuals and communities make the collection an ideal genealogical resource, helping people explore the experiences of previous generations and leaving clues about their wider social and cultural background. Related documents include voters lists, eulogies, directories and gazettes, biographies, civil service lists, published diaries, church magazines and pamphlets, militia lists, publications from professional and trade societies, school publications, and more. This talk is your guide to mining the 40 million pages of primary-source documents.

Chinese Genealogy (Mandarin) – No Handout

尋根> 中文班課程主題        

Steve & Ruth Kau 講員: 高仕淦弟兄,高何君曼姊妹。支聯會聖殿家譜顧問 尋根> 中文班課程主題

  1. 教會如何支援家譜工作
  2. 早期華人移民美加簡史及政府紀錄
  3. 複習如何使用教會FamilySearch.org網站建立個人家譜
  4. 聖殿教儀與祖先呼求

Google translate of this:

Chinese Class Theme

  1. How does the church support genealogy work?
  2. A brief history of Chinese and American immigrants in the early days and government records
  3. Review how to use the church website to build a personal family tree
  4. Temple teachings and ancestors cry out

DNA Painter (intermediate DNA)Handout          

Gayel Knott 

DNA Painter is a website that allows you to organize your DNA matches, using segment data. It is easy to use; some people even say it as fun! The website also offers a growing number of other tools that can help you organize and analyze your DNA matches.

DNA Testing for Genealogy – beginner, intermediateHandout   

Marie Palmer

Find out about the different types of DNA testing that are available and which might be best for your needs. We’ll talk about ethnicity estimates, privacy issues and how to use your results and matches to help break through brick walls in your family tree. This session is aimed toward beginners and intermediates (you do not need to have taken a DNA test prior to this presentation).

Sources for Advanced English Research – No Handout

Peter Whitlock  

You have done the basics of English research: Census Records, Parish Records, City Directories Find A Grave, Family Search etc. so what is next?

1. Goals

   ● What other English sources are out there for you to find?
   ● How can these sources help with your research? 
   ● How do determine if any of your family had these kind of documents?
   ● How do you get access to the ones relating to your family?

England BeginnerHandout         

Rob Whitlock

Accessibility to records online has grown significantly in the past few years. England has a long and rich history of recording events dating back to 1066 and earlier. Commercial websites such as Ancestry and Findmypast continue to expand their records sets and the versatile and free FamilySearch is in the middle of digitizing its vast collection of films. It means for beginners that they can ascertain more information at home, before travelling to visit their English ancestral origins. For beginners in English ancestry, this course will focus on records from the present to the late 1500s.

Family & Local History – Halves of the Whole – No Handout   

Eunice Robinson          

While family historians concentrate on specific people and families, local historians are interested in the location.  This session will discuss the relationship between Family Historians and Local Historians, and the benefits of each.

Family Storytelling 101Handout   

Karen Inkster Vance   

Family history research is more than just tracing names and dates; it’s finding, preserving and sharing the personal stories that go along with each person on your family tree. Feel overwhelmed by the thought of writing an entire book or not sure that you have enough material? Come and be inspired by examples, tips and ideas for writing and sharing short family vignettes and essays. If you are your family’s storekeeper and are worried these stories might be lost, then this class is for you!

FamilySearch Wiki: Your 24/7 Research PartnerHandout  

Mary Kathryn Kozy     

Ever been working on family history at 2 a.m. and wondered where to find Slovakian records? While the Internet can be your friend, how about a resource that is like your own personal research assistant? That’s where the FamilySearch Wiki comes in! We’ll take a look at the background and creation of the wiki, what types of resources are available, and how you too can share the knowledge you have with others. This lecture will also include examples of how to use the wiki for solving research problems.

From Matches in a List to Family: Case Studies in DNAHandout

Mary Kathryn Kozy     

As more and more people decide to DNA test, the bigger our match lists become! With millions of people in the test pool amongst the four major companies, we have many more matches to deal with. What does one DO with them all? How can we organize them? What are the best practices for sorting them out? This lecture will focus somewhat on the use of various tools at the DNA testing companies, but will also include several case studies involving usingatDNA and Y-DNA to determine relationships with matches. Come learn some tips and techniques for taking those matches and turning them into family.

Hindi Genealogy: India and Fiji – Handout  (currently not available)      

Jaynas Prassad  

Learn how to  record your family history the records as well as the stories and any photos and documents you may have & familiarize yourself with the resources available on the FamilySearch website.  The focus will be India and Fiji and information on gathering records there will be included in the class.

Immigration: Destination CanadaHandout          

Dave Obee     

More than seven million people arrived in Canada from Europe, the United States and Asia between 1815 and 1930. This session deals with the wide variety of sources that deal with immigration to Canada, including ship passenger lists (available from 1865 through 1935), border crossing records, and naturalization and citizenship documents. Many of these sources have been indexed and placed online, making it possible to access them quickly and easily. It pays to know, however, the scope and limitations of those Internet resources, and how to obtain information from other sources. Dave is the author of the book Destination Canada.

Ireland Advanced – Beyond the BMD’s – No Handout

Eunice Robinson          

Irish research has been challenging, but over the past several years, more records are being released.  This session will explore what records are now available, and where they are located. 

Ireland in Your PJ’sHandout      

Andrea Lister

Everyone has heard the story that all the Irish records were burnt or that you can only research your family if you travel there. However, times have changed and it is possible to do a considerable amount of research online, at home, in your pyjamas. Join me, not in my pjs, as I do an overview of what is available on this side of the pond.

It’s A LivingHandout     

Brenda L. Smith 

Grandpa was a brickmaker and Grandma was a weaver. How did their work help them negotiate their migration from Russia to British Columbia? From pot boy to bar maid to landlord, all the work of a tavern was accomplished within a hierarchy that distributes economic value, connotes social status and bestows political position. Examine the context for and ramifications of our ancestors’ occupations on how our well-being and modern accomplishments are reflected in the ways our family has earned its living.

Legacy Family Tree Database Program: Getting StartedHandout 1  |   Handout 2

Jeannie Vance   

Your own family tree! This class will introduce you to the free Legacy Family Tree software program (an upgrade may be purchased for about $30 and has even more features). In Legacy you can create, store and edit your own, private tree. You will learn how to import your database from another program or to create a new database if you are just beginning your tree.  You will learn how to import a tree from FamilySearch into Legacy so you don’t need to retype information already in FamilySearch. You will learn how add and link family members. You will learn about the icons and menus in the program. We will briefly explore some features e.g. attaching media and sources.

Military ResearchHandout

Colin Stevens 

Most people have ancestors or other relatives who served in the military. This talk will focus on the Canadian military research, but the same principles apply to researching British, American, German etc. military personnel.

1.Where do you begin? Documents, medals, uniforms, photographs, insignia, souvenirs, books such as unit/ship/squadron histories, autobiographies etc.

  1. Where do you look to find records? Can a museum or archives help you? Can you trust military records?
  2. What kind of records were created?  Military organizations create a lot of records.

4.What records survive? Personal files, regimental orders, war diaries etc.

  1. How do you understand the records, badges and medals? What do all of these abbreviations mean? How can you find out about a battle in which a relative was involved?
  2. Casualties Injured, sick, wounded, killed, missing in action, prisoners. Finding a grave. What if there is no known grave?
  3. What can you do with military souvenirs?

Ontario at Cloverdale LibraryHandout  

Jamie Brown 

The province of Ontario is steeped in multiple sources for family historians. Due to Ontario being one of our oldest provinces, the potential for much older records exists. Discuss and learn how to find vital records, land records, probate records, and more that go beyond online in the Cloverdale Family History Department.  The staff and resources at Cloverdale library can help you expand your family tree that has roots in Ontario. Let’s go digging together!

Organizing You Family History to Stay SaneHandout      

Mary Kathrn Kozy

One of the most underrated yet much needed skills in genealogy is organization. Many researchers have been doing family history for decades and are simply buried in paper. New and experienced researchers are overwhelmed with all of the data and information they collect daily on the Internet. This class will discuss some of the challenges of organizing and also what can happen when we fail to organize our data. We’ll look at a number of different methods for sorting out all that data and talk about how to decide which one is right for different types of researchers.

Philippine Family History – Handout  (currently not available)      

Bela Jahn        

In this class you will be shown how you can assist in the work of indexing and reviewing Philippine records.  You will also be instructed on how to use Family Tree on Family Search and the Wiki on the Philippines. It is recommended that you bring your laptops to the class and names that you might have collected over the years.

RootsMagic for New UsersHandout 1   |   Handout 2

Sally/Keith Haysom    

Whether you are new to using a genealogy software program or moving from another program to RootsMagic, welcome! This Program is designed with a new user in mind. It assumes that you have already downloaded and installed RootsMagic. You will learn basic skills on how to add, delete, merge etc. You also will learn how to work with family tree through Rootsmagic. 

Scottish Records – Diving Deep into the FamilySearch Catalogue Handout 

George Caldwell          

The FamilySearch catalogue contains a treasure trove of Scottish genealogical records that are now available on digitized microfilm. These microfilms contain images from Old Parish Registers, Civil Registration, Census, Testaments, and much more.  For the most part, these collections are not indexed so you have to search the digitized microfilm to find the record you are looking for.

In this class you will learn: What records are available from the FamilySearch catalogue; Tips and techniques to effectively search the FamilySearch catalogue; Tips to assist finding the digitized records on the microfilm; Using information from other web sites such as Ancestry or ScotlandsPeople to facilitate your record search.

Seven Steps for Beginners: To Help You Create a Family TreeHandout   

Marlene Dance 

Just getting started? Maybe you know more than you think you do. Begin with that box full of photos, documents, and letters and we can go from there. Then write down old family stories that may  help with your search.

Don’t have any of the above? Where can you begin? Start by attending classes and seminars and by asking questions. Here are some suggested basic steps you can do to ensure you move in the right direction.

Solving Problems in English CensusHandout     

Peter Claydon

Using the national census of England to solve some of those annoying problems and to provide additional possibilities for research of your ancestors.

Some Specifics About US ResearchHandout       

Lil Heselton   

A  brief consideration of  some things that are peculiar to US research.  For example: the importance of Military records including NSDAR and SAR records,  Land records and tax records. Less emphasis will be placed on Census (except for Slave returns in 1851 and 1861) and birth and death records etc. (Intermediate)

Tabletop Stories: Food and your Family HistoryHandout   

Karen Inkster Vance   

Whatever your family background, chances are you can find dozens of stories around food: struggling to find it during times of hardship; hunting, fishing and gardening; canning and preserving; cooking and baking with passed down recipes; and eating together at family gatherings. Since so much family history is created around food, these stories and recipes are worth preserving. Get inspired by some of my family food memories and learn how you can write and share your own family’s tabletop stories through short vignettes, essays or published books.

Target audience: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced

Tracing People Through Time and Space Using TimelinesHandout 

Mary Kathryn Kozy     

Most people are familiar with timelines from taking history in high school. Genealogists, however, can utilize this seemingly commonplace tool to very good effect in their research. Need to know how your ancestor got from one place to another? Trying to sort out several different individuals with the same name? Wanting to understand how your ancestor fit in with major and minor historical events? Come learn how timelines can help answer these and a number of other family history research questions!

Using Ancestry, FindMyPast & MyHeritageHandout      

  1. Diane Rogers          

Ancestry, FindMyPast and MyHeritage are essential to building your family tree. Each has its advantages and unique collections. But searching for and locating correct records in these giant websites can be overwhelming. Learn strategies for making the most efficient use of each, and tips for keeping ahead as these websites grow. 

What is Digital ScrapbookingHandout  

Tiffany Harvey   

Digital Scrapbooking is a way of capturing & preserving your memories in an electronic form.  This can be to record stories, memories, recipes and images. You use a graphics or photo editing program to design your pages.  The programs can be online or installed on your computer. We will look at ways to use your digital photos with today’s technology.

The Canadian MaritimesHandout        

Terry Rogers  

 INCLUDING :  Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Gaspe area of Quebec. This will appeal to those who are starting their research or those in need of a refresher.

This course will include:

Where to start your research in each province.

A refresher on both the low hanging research fruit for the Canadian Maritimes and some of the more obscure but useful resources available. The major influxes of immigrants in each Province and when they happened and where to find the best records for each.The major emigrations from each Province, when they happened and where many of the people went.