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2018 CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

"Learning Levels" Key:  B = Beginner;  I = Intermediate; A = Advanced; All = 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.

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Photographic Memories  - Instructor: David Bly

Learning Level: All;  (Intermediate computer skills)    Handout:

 Copying, preserving, posting, attaching and sharing those all-important family photos.


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Create Your Own Book  - Instructor: David Bly

Learning Level: All; (Intermediate computer skills)     Handout:  

Print-on-demand technology is ideal for creating hard-cover family history books, whether it's one for yourself or 10 for your family members. The basics are fairly straightforward.


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 Instructor:   --Cancelled

Learning Level:   Handout:


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Genealogy On the Cheap - Instructor: Janice Cushman

  Learning Level: I-Requires a familiarity with computers and online research.   Handout:   

Learn how to get the most out of paid genealogy websites - without paying. This part of the presentation will also cover free genealogy websites to help you in your research.
There are many computer tools/utilities for genealogy available for download from the Internet for FREE! The second part of this presentation demonstrates the use of some of these tools, explains their strengths and drawbacks, and describes how to obtain them. Some tools presented are not research-related, but might assist in working with files from other researchers.


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Finding New Relatives By Sourcing - Instructor: Janice Cushman

Learning Level: I;     Handout:   

(Note: Geared towards those who use online family trees.) As records are sourced, we often find more relatives. This class will focus on how to attach record sources in FamilySearch and what to look for that will lead to finding other relatives. Both the built-in FamilySearch sourcing tool and the third-party tool, RecordSeek, will be demonstrated. Although the class will focus on sourcing in FamilySearch, the same techniques can be applied on other genealogical sites.


 

Who Were the United Empire Loyalists and How Do I Find Them?- Instructor: Marlene Dance UE

Learning Level: All;     Handout:  (In-class)

This is a great story that is little known in our country.  Did you know that:
Over 70,000 people left the 13 colonies at the end of the American Revolution in 1783.
Over 50,000 of them settled in Upper and Lower Canada.
Over 4 million Canadian’s today can trace their heritage back to these people - Canada’s first refugees.
Where are the records?  How can I find them on my family tree and am I eligible for recognition of Canada’s only hereditary title – UE?


 

Irish Land Registry- Instructor: Barbara Doell

Learning Level: I - A;      Handout: (In-class)

For researchers who know their parishes and townlands.  Explore where to search, what records are available and where to find help.


Ontario Land Records - Instructor: Barbara Doell

Learning Level: I ;     Handout: 

Ontario Land Records Resources covers the use of Ontario Land Record Index and what information it contains, how to find the Second Heir & Devisee Commission records, how to find land petitions in Upper Canada 1763-1865 and its digital images, Land Registry records offices and what may be found in Township papers.


 

Research In Sweden- Instructor: Yvonne Gibbon

Learning Level: All;      Handout: 

The Basics of Swedish Research:  including Swedish immigration to North America, where to start searching, understanding patronymics, using Family Search wiki to find specific information on Swedish records, other online sources, some useful Swedish words found in parish and householder records.  Knowledge of computer basics is an asset for researching records.


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

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

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.


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So Your Ancestors Are From England-Now What? - Instructor: Christine Hall

Learning Level: B;      Handout:  --

In this class we will discuss a variety of topics such as: Timelines and history; press gangs; maps, spelling and handwriting; what is a parish and its registers; births, marriages and burials; burying in woolen acts; the parish chest; civil registration and districts; GRO; census records; Free BMD and other records and sites to search


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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
 


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New Brunswick: My Experiences in Research - Instructor: Elaine Hall

Learning Level: B;      Handout:  

In searching for New Brunswick ancestors, the internet has some interesting and helpful sites.  There is a deep and fascinating history here, and some records extend back to the days of the Loyalists and other immigrant groups.  The province is a researcher's dream in many ways, not the least of which is that many records are available online and access is free.  There is always more to learn, but I will show you what I know about finding ancestors in New Brunswick, based on my own research over the past 25 years or so.

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Family Search: Getting the Most From Familysearch - Instructor: Christine Hitchmough

Learning Level: I-A;      Handout

Getting the most from Familysearch -  an exploration of the program and some of the useful tools to help you to find those elusive records. The 5.66 Billion records currently published represents about 30% available on the website. The remaining 70% of the data in Familysearch is not findable by using the search form and hints; they are found as unindexed images. By filtering and using Waypoints you can have more success.
 Learn how to stop others from changing your records by adding sources, good reason statements, using the Timeline and memories features.


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Indexing - Instructor: Julie Keyes

 Learning Level: All;     Handout: 

The new Web Indexing is easy and fun. Learn how to transcribe records from all over the world. As you transcribe records you will gain a better knowledge of what kind of records are available, how to read them, and how to find them after they’ve been transcribed.


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Organizing Your Family History In Order To Stay Sane - Instructor: Mary Kathryn Kozy

Learning Level: All;      Handout:  

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.

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Google and Its Genealogy Tools - Instructor: Mary Kathryn Kozy

 Learning Level: I/A;     Handout:  

Over the past two decades, the Internet has changed how folks do family history research. With these changes have come new tools that every genealogist should know about and learn how to use. Google, in particular, has created some amazing tools that have become extremely helpful for the genealogical researcher. This presentation will go above and beyond basic Google Search (though some tips for this will be shared as well!), and discuss: getting the most from Google Photos and Hangout; using the amazing collaborative and storage capabilities of Google Drive; and using Google Earth and Google Maps to visit our ancestor’s homeland without ever leaving home. As time allows, other important tools, such as Google Books, Translate, and YouTube will be discussed.


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Finding Jewish Ancestors - Instructor: Mary Kathryn Kozy

Learning Level: All;      Handout

Researching Jewish ancestry can be complicated by a number of factors: record loss, multiple migrations, name changes, the barrier of the Holocaust, and more. Jewish genealogical organizations all over the world are working to overcome some of these problems and help folks to find their ancestors. This class will discuss some basic things you need to know about tracing Jewish ancestry, some of the best websites for research, and how to get started on tracing your Jewish roots.


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How To Get Started In Family History - Instructor: Liane Lyle

Learning Level: B;      Handout:  

If you have no idea what to do first, this class is for you.  You will learn about the basics of collecting information from your home and family members: how and what to collect. We will also discuss how to record it so it makes sense on pedigree charts and family group records, (either online or on paper) and briefly how to organize the ‘stuff’ you collect.  Basic interview skills will also be addressed.  We will discuss how to keep track of your information and the benefits of sharing what you discover..  


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Introduction To Research In France - Instructor: Liane Lyle

Learning Level: I;      Handout

Basic ability to read French is required.  Some experience in research skills required. Best sources to help you get started and a demonstration of the use of civil registration and church records will be highlighted.  A discussion of the various tools available with recommended websites-as well as how to find the ones you need.


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Using Your I-Pad for Genealogy - Instructor: Monica McGarrigle

Learning Level: All;      Handout:  

We will explore functions of the iPad and/or iPhone that may assist with genealogical research and record keeping. We will discuss ways in which they may be used and applications that can help.  We will not be reviewing iPad genealogy programs.


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Off to War! - Instructor: Ron Meuse

Learning Level: All;      Handout: 

A recently emigrated pioneering Oak Bay resident enlists to get a quick trip back home to England in the spring of 1916 and expects to be back by December.  Through many letters sent back home to his sisters in Oak Bay, this presentation reveals his experiences in the mud at Ypres, Somme and being wounded at Vimy.  Then his time in the Canadian Convalescent hospitals is described in detail before returning back to Victoria two years later. His extended family on both sides of the Atlantic are involved and his ancestry has been well researched with interesting connections. 


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The Geography of Genealogy - Instructor: Dave Obee

Learning Level: B;      Handout

It 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. (Please note that this talk will be tailored for European research.)


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A Fresh Light on Old Newspapers - Instructor: Dave Obee

Learning Level: B;      Handout: 

Researching in old newspapers no longer means sitting at a microfilm reader for hours on end, winding through a seemingly endless string of news stories and advertisements. Today, the results we seek could be a matter of minutes away, thanks to the many digitization projects that have placed millions of newspaper pages on the Internet. But what are the pitfalls? This presentation takes you through the digitization process, from hard copy to your computer screen. It is designed to help you achieve the best results from your work.


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Canadians in the First World War- Instructor: Dave Obee

Learning Level: All;      Handout:  

The First World War touched virtually every Canadian. Between 1914 and 1918, 240,000 men were killed or wounded -- from a country with a population of just eight million. Today, researchers can learn about Canada's soldiers, including facts about their family and where they served. It makes sense to also look for context - what happened to those who survived the war, and to the family members who waited at home for news. Much of the information is available on the Internet (assuming you know where to look).


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

Learning Level: All;      Handout:  --

This presentation would be suitable for anyone interested in the history of WWI.  It will briefly cover the causes of the conflict as well as life in the trenches.  It will include Canada's role in the war and specific historical battles. Please feel free to bring the names of any relatives you would like to research.


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Discovering the Dash - Instructor: Jeannine Powell

Learning Level: All;      Handout:

Getting to Know Your Ancestors by Filling in the Details of their Lives. Our ancestral families are more than just names and dates on a page. The difference between genealogy and family history is in the discovery of the fine details of their lives. Learn about the types of resources and records that are available online that will help to fill in those details, enrich your research experience and bind those from past to present day and future generations.

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"When to Pay and When to Stay" (Scottish Research) - Instructor: Jeannine Powell

Learning Level: B;      Handout

Beginning Scottish Research and Making the Most of Scotland’s People.   I Explore what information can be gleaned from coordinating the online records that are available and how to make the most of free internet resources in order to optimize your experience at Scotland's People website. Using real examples, we will explore finding your Scottish ancestors using census records, vital records, wills, valuation rolls and other.


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Legacy Family Tree - Instructor: Pat Remley

 Learning Level: All (Computer Skills Required);      Handout:  

Learn the benefits of using Legacy to organize your electronic genealogy files. Legacy is a powerful yet easy to use program to use software – helps you to find your ancestors, organize your research and publish beautiful charts and books
•    Basics of Legacy
•    Descendent, Chronological, Ancestor and other charts
•    Integrating with Family Search
•     Legacy 9 features; Find a grave; Hashtags; Comparison Chart, etc
•    PC Format, but a Mac version is almost complete


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Where There's a Will, There's a Way - Instructor: Carol Stiles

Learning Level: I;       Handout:

British probate and will records are one of the major types of records used in genealogical research. This is because wills and other papers created during the probate process are often the best possible source to document relationships between family members, particularly parent to child and sometimes the only way of finding those important family relationships.  We will cover how to find the British Wills, what they will tell you to help your with your English research. 


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Canadian Immigrant Investigations  – A Nation of Immigrants - Instructor: Carol Stiles

Learning Level: All;       Handout: 

Where, when and why did your immigrant ancestor come to Canada?   Because Canada is a nation of immigrants, one of the most requested topics among family history enthusiasts is how to find the origins of immigrant ancestors.  This class will show some different directions to go when looking for that illusive immigrant ancestor.


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Family Storytelling 101: Write + Share Your Family Stories - Instructor: Karen Inkster Vance

Learning Level: All;      Handout: 

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 story-keeper and are worried these stories might be lost, then this class is for you!


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Ancestors in Context: Putting the History in your Family History- Instructor: Karen Inkster Vance

Learning Level: All;      Handout: 

Expand your family history research beyond names and dates! Placing 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 so that you can piece together and write about the rich lives your ancestors led.


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DNA: Understanding Genealogy DNA from Spit to Scrutiny - Instructor: Pamela White

Learning Level: B-I;      Handout: 

Learn about DNA, including the types of DNA; what companies offer DNA services; how your sample is processed; how your genealogical ancestry is determined; and how to share your DNA analysis results in order to connect with more relatives.  Also covered will be the limitations and risks.


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Ajax to Whitchurch - Researching Your Ancestors in Ontario - Instructor: Pamela White

Learning Level: B-I;       Handout: 

A review of the types of records available for researching your ancestors in Ontario, the years available, and the location of the records: both online and at records offices. Types of records covered includes: census, church, immigration, criminal, cemetery, military, company, newspapers, wills & probate, and city directories.

VIDEO,"FamilySearch Research Wiki: What It Can Do For You!" - Presenter: Danielle Batson AG, MLS

The Wiki is a valuable research tool for learning about places, jurisdictions, migration routes, records, resources, and repositories. Learn how to use this wonderful resource.


  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!