Lectures

I Found them on the Census, Now What?
It all started with the 1921 census. Follow the Franklin family from Saskatchewan to Ontario and then to England. As we track the Franklins back 5, generations you’ll learn the process to follow in your research with helpful websites along the way. You’ll use research logs, databases and tables to keep track of the family as we explore each generation.

Stories from and Obituary
In crossword puzzles obituaries are called a life story because they contain bits of information on peoples’ lives. Researching those bits of information may lead to fascinating details about your ancestor’s life. Using obituaries as starting point, we will explore “out of the box” ways to get more detailed stories about your ancestors.

Genealogy from Home
We get in the rut of searching only our favorite websites. But there are many digitized records on the internet on various websites. This lecture will examine sites in Canada, Britain, and United States that contain online records. As well, we’ll look at websites that teach genealogists where to find even more records on the internet.

Breaking that Brick Wall
You found your ancestors but can’t determine where they came from. This information packed presentation offers a methodical approach that results in slowing down, thoroughly reviewing and analyzing your documents, and looking at records that may help break through that brick wall. We’ll explore various techniques and strategies organize and carry out research. Following this system results in a more accurate family history, will help you break down your genealogical barriers and may take you back another generation.

Finding Ancestor Origins in Canadian Records
Where did your ancestors come from? You found them in Canada but can’t discover where they emigrated from. This information packed presentation will help researchers break through brick walls by looking at usual and unusual Canadian resources.

Using Canadian Land Records for Genealogy Research
Genealogists don’t always realize the value of land records. They were kept from the beginning of settlement in Canada and many still exist. This lecture will examine why you want to look at land records, what genealogy information can be gleaned from them and where they are found. We will look at actual land records to discover information of value to family historians. We’ll also look at different sites and databases that contain these records. I will explain the intricacies in finding some of the records and go over the new online database for Ontario land record.

Clues in Census Records
Census records reveal our ancestors’ lives. They tell us where they lived and can indicate when births, marriages or deaths occurred. These records, which began in 1666 in Canada, are the beginning point for many researchers. Learn where to find them (all of them), and how to organize and analyze the information you find.

Fun with Family History
Wouldn’t it be great if your family would listen to stories of their ancestors. Unfortunately, most relatives aren’t interested but there are fun ways to teach your grandchildren, nieces and nephews about the ancestors you know so well. This presentation looks at computer-based and traditional ways to involve younger generations in family history.

Facebook is Scary
Social media can be intimidating for some of us, but the lure of connecting online with living relatives is tempting. Learn the value of social media from a technophobe, who can teach you to understand what social media is, what is available, and what a great tool it is for family historians.

Researching in Canada
This information packed presentation guides researchers through internet sources available for research in Canada. We”ll look at the Collections Canada website, different provincial archives, and ancestry and familysearch websites. Attendees will learn what is available on each of these websites and how to easily and quickly find the information they want.

Ontario Ancestors?
Many of us have ancestors who migrated west from Ontario. So what information is available to find them in this province? This presentation covers well-known sources as well as more obscure research information available. I’ll cover births, marriages and deaths, census record, wills, tax, and land records; even newspapers and where to find them.

What can I Possibly Find in Newspapers?
Old newspapers are fascinating to browse, made even more exciting when you find your ancestor mentioned. Newspapers reveal stories we might not know about our families. They give us a glimpse in history and how our ancestors were affected by it.  Find out why you want to look at newspapers, what information they contain and how to find the newspaper you want in this fun and informative presentation.

You Can Find Me Speaking Here

2019
3rd Monday each month – Airdrie Public Library Genealogy Group Facilitator
April 26 – Calgary Retired Teachers Conference “Steppin’ Out”, Calgary – Other Great Websites
April 27 – 28 – Images Through Time, Edmonton – Digging up Dirt in Canadian Land Records, Genealogy Basics, Break Through that Brick Wall, Census Records in United States and United Kingdom

2018
3rd Monday each month – Airdrie Public Library Genealogy Group Facilitator
February 11 –  Airdrie Public Library – Genealogy Basics Workshop
Feburary 25 – Alberta Family Histories Society –  Genealogy Basics Workshop
April 7 – Family History Fair 2018Digging up dirt, Canadian Land Records, Breaking Through Brick Walls
April 21 – Qualicum Beach Family History SocietyAll about Census Records, Exploring Canadian Records to find Ancestors
September 28 – 30 – Harvest your Family Tree, Kelowna – Slow Genealogy, Facebook is Scary
November 5 – Alberta Family Histories Society, Calgary – Canadian Census Records

2017
April 27 – Calgary Family History Centre; Digging in Dirt
September 23 – Alberta Family Histories Society FamilyRoots 2017; Canadian Census Records
October 26 – Calgary Family History Centre; Breaking Down Brick Walls
Dec 14 – Cochrane Public Library; Genealogy Basics

Contact Me
You can reach me at shygenresearch@gmail.com

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