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"Learning Levels" Key:  B = Beginner;  I = Intermediate; A = Advanced; E = Everyone

NOTE:  For Class "Location" in your schedule, this information will be given to you as part of the "Registration Package" at the Saturday Session of the Conference.


Icelandic Research - Instructor: Fred Bjarnason-Cancelled

Learning Level: B  Handout:

Learn about the basics of Icelandic research including background, patronymics, migration and more.


 Photographic Memories  - Instructor: David Bly

Learning Level: B;      Handout:  

Preserving, caring for and online sharing of photographs related to family history


Make It Into A Book  - Instructor: David Bly

Learning Level: B  Handout:

Taking advantage of online printing services to design and print books for family history.  


First Nations Research - Instructor: John Carter 

Learning Level: E;      Handout:

In this class, I will discuss 'Celebrating a First Nation Heritage' through examining my Matriarchal lines from the Woods Cree in  Northern Alberta, back to the plains Cree at Wabasca Alberta, and then further back to my founding fathers amongst the Oji-Cree near the great lakes. I will discuss First Nation family history research that can be gleaned from art, petroglyphs, artifacts; everyday items like baskets, bowls, belts and beads. Each of the varied Indigenous groups are organized by region and language groupings, and each group has distinct ways of recording their particular records; such as utilizing medicine bundles, and totem poles which are a form of clan or family group identification.  Most indigenous groups kept an oral history of their ancestors and significant events.


Studies of World War II Veterans, Lest We Forget (The Last Full Measure of Their Devotion)  - Instructor: Ross Crapo

Learning Level: E;     Handout: Yes

Theme - Freedom Through Sacrifice. The title of this presentation is The Last Full Measure of Their Devotion. This paraphrase of a line from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address reflects the theme and sentiment of this presentation. Freedom has a price and that expenditure is sacred. Of necessity everyone is involved – and this brotherhood forms the substance of privileged life in Canada. It is hoped that the content and feeling in this presentation will recharge us all in our gratitude for those past and present who have made our country a blessed inspiring place of residence.


Ontario Genealogical Sources - Instructor: Janice Cushman

Learning Level: I;     Handout: Yes

This presentation will give an overview of the kinds of records that are available to assist you in finding your Ontario ancestors. Information about the major record groups (civil, church, census, cemetery, land, probate) will be presented, as well as lesser-known sources. The presentation will conclude with a case study that uses most of the record groups.


Paleography, The Art of Reading Old Handwriting - Instructor: Janice Cushman

Learning Level: I;      Handout: Yes - Handout #1, /  Handout #2

Deciphering Old Handwriting: Paleography is the science of describing or deciphering ancient writings (Funk & Wagnalls Standard College Dictionary). This presentation will focus primarily on learning to transcribe documents written in the 'Secretary Hand', which was common throughout the British Isles, United States and Canada. Although records in the English language will be used for the presentation, the techniques taught have been successfully applied to records in French, Hungarian, Italian and German.  This will be a 'hands-on' class where participants will be expected to transcribe actual documents.

Irish Research - Instructor: Barbara Doell

Learning Level: I & A     Handout:  Yes

Do you have ancestor's in Ireland? Come and find out what records are available and where to find them on different websites.  Also strategies for finding where in Ireland your ancestors came from.  This class is for beginners and intermediate researchers.


Organizing a Trip to Salt Lake City - Instructor: Barbara Doell

Learning Level: E;      Handout:  Yes

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Ancestor's database: Ancestral Quest - Instructor: Sandra Gill

Learning Level: E (Class Not for MAC's);      Handout: Yes

Keep track of your ancestors, their sources and life story with pictures, all on your own personal digital database.  Share as much as you want, keep it current, back it up. Download to it and keep birth marriage death certificates, census, baptism, christening military and many more sources from the largest free family history database in the world.


Using “Farm books of Norway” to aid in your research. - Instructor: Vida Gronnestad

Learning Level: E;      Handout:

In 1950 and after, Norway initiated a huge project of putting together the census, parish records and information on every farm in Norway.  This was complied together into what is called the "Gard Books". This class explains what they are, and their value. Most research in Norway starts with the farm books.


Awesome and Amazing Apps - Instructor: Dennis Hall

Learning Level: E;      Handout: Yes

FamilySearch has approximately 123 partner applications or services which will work with and enhance your Family History efforts.  There are some really awesome free or inexpensive 'Apps' which will interact and support FamilySearch Family Tree.  We will review the categories in the App Gallery and then focus in on 3 of my favorite amazing 'Apps'.  


FamilySearch, Let's Begin - Instructor: Elaine Hall

Learning Level: B;      Handout:

A guided tour of the FamilySearch/FamilyTree website at www.familysearch.org.

1.    How to register for an account;
2.    How to get started in Family Tree
3.    Finding records to populate your tree
4.    How to navigate the various parts of the site
5.    Adding sources
6.   Adding photos and other memories


Roots Magic Basics - Instructor: Elaine Hall

 Learning Level: B;      Handout:

This course covers the basics of the Roots Magic software, including the main functionality, syncing with FamilySearch, interfacing with web databases, and entering data.  In addition, we cover how to bring your data from other programs to Roots Magic.  Roots Magic becomes your personal family history filing system, on your computer, where - in addition to syncing with FamilySearch and other websites, you can use it to produce charts, reports, books, DVDs and other family collections. 

Computer Platform for this class: Roots Magic is available for both PC and Mac.  Elaine will be showing it on a PC, but she also has it on her Mac at home, so she can discuss both options.  The MAC version is still being improved, and it works fine for most applications.


Beginning Research in England - Instructor: Christine Hitchmough

Learning Level: B;      Handout:  Yes

In this class on Basic Research in England we will learn about some cornerstones of English Research ie. Civil Registration (Vital Statistics), Census records and Parish Registers. We will visit and use websites where these records are found.  We will also learn how to use the Family Search catalogue for English research and how to order original records.


Indexing, Transcribing (Learn How to do it) - Instructor: Julie Keyes

 Learning Level: B     Handout:  Yes- Handout #1, /  Handout #2

Would you like to help transcribe records from all over the world?  It’s easy and it’s fun. These records are vital in proving who our ancestors were.  1.3 Billion records have been transcribed so far and can be found on FamilySearch.org.  More help is needed.  Your contribution will be meaningful to others who are searching for their ancestors and will also increase your expertise in interpreting records and give you an awareness of what records are out there.  This class will give step by step instructions on how to index (transcribe) records of birth, marriage, death, census, immigration, etc. from online digitized microfilm...in the comfort of your own home, on your own home computer, on your own time...you can do it in your pajamas!


Can You Help Me Find My Cousins? Using Autosomal DNA - Instructor: Mary Kathryn Kozy

Learning Level: E;      HandoutYes

DNA testing has become an important tool in the family historian’s toolkit. Autosomal DNA testing has become very popular and, with the addition of new individuals to the major companies’ databases every day, a major resource. In this session, you will learn what autosomal DNA is, what it can tell you, and how you can use it to potentially break through brick walls and solve genealogical mysteries!


Maternal & Paternal Lines: Using Y-DNA and mtDNA in Genealogy - Instructor: Mary Kathryn Kozy

Learning Level: E;      HandoutYes

DNA has become an increasingly important tool in the genealogy researcher’s toolkit. This class will discuss what it is, some of the terminology surrounding it, how it’s inherited, and the role it can play in confirming family history research conclusions. Mitochondrial (mtDNA) inherited along the matriarchal line, as well as Y-DNA inherited down the patriarchal line will be examined. We’ll discuss how it can help you with your research problem. We’ll also examine mtDNA and Y-DNA inheritance, what all those numbers mean, and also develop testing strategies that just might help you to break down your brick wall.


Social Media for Family History: Why Bother? - Instructor: Mary Kathryn Kozy

Learning Level: E;      HandoutYes

With the massive popularity of social media amongst all ages, it isn’t to be wondered at 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!


Ireland: Getting Started in Family History Research - Instructor: Alison Lafferty

Learning Level: B;      Handout:

A beginners guide to online research in Ireland


How Do I Get Started? - Instructor: Liane Lyle

Learning Level: B;      Handout: Yes

This class includes basics like: making sense of the various forms of charts used to organize data; how to keep track of what you have done; and how to store the records you collect. We will also discuss collecting information from living relatives and how to begin finding records for your deceased relatives.   


 Finding Our Cousins: Beginning descendancy research - Instructor: Nancy & Steve Morgan

Learning Level: I;      Handout: Yes, Handouts  #1#2#3#4,  #5

This class is intended for those who have completed much of their direct line research and who want to seek out other family members (aunts, uncles, cousins). We will be using FamilySearch.org and Puzzilla.org, both online databases. We will be using any device with an internet browser installed. The class members should be comfortable using their devices and the internet.


Introduction to Eastern European Family History - Instructor: Dave Obee

Learning Level: B;      Handout: Yes

DNA testing and the rapidly increasing range of Internet databases are changing the way we research family history in Eastern Europe. We still have to deal with boundary changes and unfamiliar languages, but what we can find makes it all worthwhile. Eastern European research can be highly rewarding -- and now, more effective than ever before.


Family History on the Canadian Prairies - Instructor: Dave Obee

Learning Level: I;      Handout: Yes

Family History on the Canadian Prairies -- You 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.


Crowdsourcing Your Family Research - Instructor: Dave Obee

Learning Level: I;      Handout: Yes

Crowdsourcing Your Family Research -- Are 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.


A Case Study of a Canadian Soldier - Instructor: Richard Palfrey

Learning Level: B;      Handout:

The class will focus on searching war dead records from WW1 and WW2, including Commonwealth War Graves Commission grave sites. With the death date obtained from the headstone we can research specific battles where relatives lost their lives. It will also be possible to download Military attestation papers for any veterans of WW1. Some information regarding WW2 personnel remains classified, however individuals are able to access military from Veterans Affairs.  

27 Using your iPad to do family history. - Instructor: Tim Pelton

 Learning Level: B;      Handout:

In this session we will discuss some tips on using your iPad generally, and then focus on using the "FamilySearch Family Tree" and FamilySearch Memories" apps to support your work on your family tree.

 28 Exploring Your American Roots: Oh, Say Can You See? - Instructor: Jeannine Powell

Learning Level: B & I;      Handout:Yes- Handout #1, /  Handout #2

Explore the vast list of records that are available online for researching your US family, including census, vital records, newspaper collections, directories, cemetery projects, travel records and others.  Other areas of discussion will include migratory patterns and immigration.  

 29 Cemetery records: Digging Up The Dirt - Instructor: Jeannine Powell

Learning Level: B & I;     Handout:  Yes - Revised (Mar. 10, 2017)

You can "dig up" a lot about a person's LIFE by what is recorded at their DEATH.  We will explore the different types of documents that constitute Cemetery Records, where they can be found and the variety of information and detail they provide.  The presentation will include a case study showing how the information provided in multiple records helped unravel a mystery and provided a more complete history.  

  30 Legacy Family Tree - Instructor: Pat Remley

Learning Level: B/E;        Handout: Yes

The most powerful, easy to use family tree software – helps you to find your ancestors, organize your research and publish beautiful charts and books.  Why do I need a software program?  Basics of Legacy Descendent, Chronological, Ancestor and other charts Integrating with Family Search Other features, adding media, tagging, sourcing, publishing, etc.

31  British Columbia Vital Records (The Essentials) - Instructor: Brenda Smith

Learning Level: E;       Handout: Yes

Brenda demonstrates how to access British Columbia’s historic birth, marriage and death records, including baptisms, colonial marriages, overseas military deaths, and delayed registrations. She relates these important sources to the telling of British Columbia’s history.

32 Á la Carte: Using Maps in Family History - Instructor: Brenda Smith

Learning Level: E;       Handout: Yes

Explore how maps can aid the researcher to locate, track and record our ancestors’ paths of migration. Follow the case study maps to see how Brenda’s grandparents and great grandparents trekked across the world to arrive in the Peace River Country of northern British Columbia in 1930.

 33 Organize, The Second Prime Directive - Instructor: Brenda Smith

Learning Level: E;      Handout: Yes

As 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.

 34   The Poor in England and How to Trace Them - Instructor: Carol Stiles

Learning Level: A;      Handout: Yes

They were not wealthy but there is a wealth of information about them.  This class will focus on the various records that were kept about your poor ancestor from England.  We will examine the Poor Law records, Work House records, Bastardy Bonds, Account books  where to locate them and what information is available plus much more.

 35 The British Home Children, Young Immigrants to Canada - Instructor: Carol Stiles

Learning Level: I;      Handout: Yes

This class will explore where the British Home Children came from and where they went once they were in Canada.  We will look at some of the data bases available and have a few hints on how to trace your Home Children’s families back to England.

36 Write Now! How to write and share a compelling family history - Instructor: Karen Inkster Vance

Learning Level: B&I;       Handout: Yes

One of the best ways to share your research and create a lasting family treasure is to write the story of your ancestor's life. Learn how to transform basic facts into an interesting narrative that the whole family will want to read. This session includes practical ideas on getting organized, accessing creative sources, writing methods, and publishing options.

37 Talk to Me: Techniques for conducting a successful oral history interview - Instructor: Karen Inkster Vance

Learning Level: B&I;       Handout: Yes

Interviewing relatives and strangers can be a rewarding way to gather genealogical clues and make your family history come alive. Avoid frustration and pitfalls by knowing which tools to use, how to prepare in advance, which questions to ask (or avoid), and how to share the interview with others. This hands-on session will help give you the tools and confidence to conduct your own oral history interview.

Roots Tech Videos - Instructor: Various

Learning Level: E

9:00am - Subject:  "The Big 4-Comparing Ancestry,FamilySearch,Findmypast,& MyHeritage" (SunnyMorton); Handout: Yes

10:35am - Subject: "Censational Census Strategies" (Mary Kircher Roddy);Plus a short Explanation of the 1939 Registry; Handout: Yes

1:00pm - Subject:  "Journaling Principles that Work" (Steve Reed); Handout: No

2:00pm - (No Video)

3:00pm - (No Video)

  Family History Centre Tours

Instructor: FHC STAFF

The Victoria Family History Centre is located in the LDS building on Mann Avenue (where this conference is held). During each session of the conference, a tour will be conducted of the centre describing the facilities and programs available, including free access to many online subscription databases. As part of the tour, the participants will have a chance to do some hands-on research!