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"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.


Indigenous Family History  - Instructor: John Borrows

Learning Level: ALL;    Handout: No

 Indigenous family history is learned and practiced in many ways. Oral traditions, songs, stories and dances, intermingle with written sources in archives, newspapers, journals and government reports. Indigenous family history also requires attentiveness to the broader cultural, social and historical context in which it sits. This class will examine Indigenous family history in this. It will draw on examples from the authors own methods and history, from the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe/Chippewa) peoples of central Canada and the American mid-west.


American Records for Canadians, eh! - Instructor: Janice Cushman, Emeritus AG®

Learning Level: I-A;   Handout: Yes

Although some record types are the same, those who are familiar with researching records for other countries will find that it is necessary to learn new techniques for researching American records.
This presentation will give an overview of some of the record groups that are most useful in finding your American ancestors. Emphasis will be placed on the under-utilized source: military records.


 Family History: More than just names - Instructor: Janice Cushman, Emeritus AG®

Learning Level: ALL;   Handout: Yes

Are you a non-genealogist who would like to get involved in family history, but don't like doing grunt work? Or do you know someone who is?
This presentation will include activities that non-genealogists can do and feel successful in doing their family history. It includes ideas for children, youth and adults. Please come prepared to participate.


Irish Research for Beginners - Instructor: Barbara Doell  

  Learning Level: B;    Handout: Yes

How to find your county and parish in Ireland.
Where to begin searching in Ireland and online websites.


Ireland – Beyond the Basics - Instructor: Barbara Doell

Learning Level: I-A;     Handout:   Yes

For researchers who know their parishes and townlands.  
Explore where to search, what records are available and where to find help.
This class is for intermediate and advanced researchers.


Google Earth & Genealogy - Instructor: Elaine Fraser, VGS

Learning Level: ALL;     Handout: Yes (2 handouts) 1 & 2

"Google Earth & Genealogy: A Winning Combination"

This overview session will introduce the basic components of Google Earth Pro that will enable you to begin mapping your ancestor’s trail.  Google Earth is a free, dynamic yet user friendly software program that can be used on PC, Mac and Linux platforms.  Content in this presentation will cover using the program on a PC and will address:
>    how to download, install and set up the program
>    how to use the Navigation tools to move around the earth
>    the major components found in the Google Earth Pro Window
>    the purpose and function of the major Genealogy relevant tools in the Tool Bar
>    and, time permitting, a demonstration of a tour created by the presenter
The handout for the session has examples, helpful hints and a resource list for finding help on the Internet.  While Google Earth is a powerful addition to your Genealogy Toolbox, there is something available for all levels of genealogical expertise.  The options of what you can do are endless.


Finding Your Italian Ancestors  - Instructor: Yvonne Gibbon

Learning Level: ALL (Basic computer skills required);      Handout: Yes

Learn where and how to look for your Italian ancestors online and through correspondence with municipal and state archives in Italy.  Also learn how to read Italian birth and death records with an Italian word list to facilitate your research.  The class includes:
-Italian immigration to North and South America, and Australia, Ellis Island  
-why many Italians left their homelands
-Italian surname spellings changes and ways to identify your ancestors
-connecting with living relatives in Italy: That is exciting!
-Records: birth and baptism, marriage, military, wills and probates, voter’s lists, census, addresses, death and obituary notices, family trees, local history books

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

Learning Level: B;     Handout: Yes (2 handouts) 1  &   2

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.


Beginning Family History: - Instructor: Gord Hamilton

Learning Level: B;      Handout: Yes

Are you new to genealogy, but don't really know how to begin? This class will help get you started by offering a strategy for research, providing an overview of the most common resources available to you, and giving you suggestions on how to document the information you have found.


FamilySearch - Let's Begin  -  Instructor: Elaine Hall

Learning Level: B;      Handout: Yes

A guided tour of the FamilySearch website at www.familysearch.org. featuring:

1. How to register for an account

2. Overview of FamilySearch website

3. How to get started with the tree in FamilySearch

4. Searching/adding records to populate your tree

5. Research Wiki and Help


FamilySearch Memories   - Instructor: Elaine Hall

Learning Level: ALL;      Handout:  Yes

Many of the most precious, heart-changing family photos and stories are tucked away in our homes and our minds. With FamilySearch Memories, you can preserve memories so they can be shared for generations to come. This class shows how to capture priceless family moments to preserve and share with family now and into the future. As you interview family members, take photos, and record important details of their lives, Memories allows you to save these treasures before it's too late. Your entire family will be grateful you did.


FamilySearch: Advanced Family Tree - Instructor: Mary Kathryn Kozy

Learning Level:  A;     HandoutYes

The FamilySearch Family Tree can be fantastic “cousin bait” and a great way to collaborate with fellow researchers! However, some researchers find the “one tree” concept a bit overwhelming and even frustrating. In this lecture, we’ll learn about some of the more advanced features of the Family Tree, how to know who else is working on your ancestors in the tree, and a few tips to discourage others from changing hours of research willy-nilly (and what to do when this does happen!).


Naturalization Records & Ship’s Lists - Instructor: Mary Kathryn Kozy

Learning Level:  All;      Handout: Yes

Immigrant ancestors are so interesting, but they can be challenging to trace! With the advent of so many online resources, however, naturalization records and ship’s lists are becoming more frequently available. During this hour, we will discuss how they can help you in your research, the information you need before searching for them, and where they can be found.


Social Media for Family History - Instructor: Mary Kathryn Kozy

Learning Level:  All;     HandoutYes

"Social Media for Family History: Why Bother?"

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!


What is a Visual Life Story?  - Instructor: Deborah LeFrank

 Learning Level: ALL;     Handout: Yes

Learn the three key steps to creating a Visual Life Story. Take your history collecting and turn it into a visually engaging legacy book. Deborah LeFrank will share numerous tips, techniques and examples of how to turn memory collecting into something to hold in your hand and share. There will be an interactive opportunity so please bring a black felt tip pen.


War Diaries Build a Soldier’s Story - Instructor: Kathleen Lowe

Learning Level: I;      Handout:  Yes

"Using War Diaries to Build a Soldier’s Story"

This case study will show how Canadian army diaries helped build a story of a soldier’s World War II experience. War diaries are the official regimental journals that record the day-to-day activities of a military unit during a conflict. War diaries provide a day-by-day account of what happened to the unit and thus to its personnel. War diaries also contain information on specific individuals, as well as historical documentation, maps, and photographs that can all be used by family historians. This class will focus on World War II Canadian war diaries available for free online but will also discuss using World War I Canadian diaries and British diaries from both wars.

I would probably categorize this as intermediate, although it might be suitable for all levels from beginner through advanced. The only skill required is the ability to use a web browser but being able to download images or do screen captures from the diaries would be helpful.


Introduction To Research In France - Instructor: Liane Lyle

 Learning Level: I;     Handout:  Yes

Basic ability to read French is required.  Some experience in research skills required.  We will discuss best sources to help you get started in French research; the various tools available; and recommended websites.  Liane will also demonstrate the use of civil registration and church records which will be the main focus of this class.


Eastern European Family History Online! - Instructor: Dave Obee

Learning Level: ALL;      Handout: Yes

Without leaving your home, you can research your family's origins in Eastern Europe. Plenty of resources are found online, but they are not necessarily on the usual family history sites. This talk will provide ideas for pushing your research in new directions, and suggest tools that would make your work easier. It should be possible to sort out problems and questions regarding geography, history and boundary changes.


Family Research in Alberta  - Instructor: Dave Obee

Learning Level: ALL;      Handout:  Yes

You don't necessarily have to go there to trace your ancestors in Alberta.  A lot of information is available on the Web and at your local library.  This session offers insight into some of the newer sources, such as vital records, as well as lesser-known sources of information.  There is also an explanation of the Dominion Land Survey, the basis for the rural farm divisions.


Canadiana's Genealogical Treasures - Instructor: Dave Obee

Learning Level: ALL;      Handout:  Yes

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.


Ancestry.com  - Instructor: Gerald A Poulton, VGS

Learning Level: B-I;      Handout:  Yes

"How to get the most out of Ancestry.com"
We will explore the Ancestry website, covering topics such as
    - quick overview of learning courses and videos, message boards
    - searching records more effectively
    - family trees
    - Ancestry and DNA


London Archives - Instructor: Gerald A Poulton, VGS

Learning Level: B-I;      Handout:  Yes

"Searching for records in London, England"
Searching in London, England can be tricky, as the boundaries of London, Kent, Surrey, Essex and Hertfordshire have changed over the years.  We will explore some useful sources, such as the London Metropolitan Archives, focusing on records prior to 1837 when mandatory registration began. 


Anchors Aweigh - Instructor: Jeannine Powell

Learning Level: B/ALL;      Handout:  ?

:"A Canadian Navy Case Study"
An introduction to the hidden treasures that may be found in military records and exploring resources that are available online. Specifically, we will follow one man's naval career in a real-life case study using a Permanent Military Record (1951-1966) to search out and verify details and flesh out the story between the entries. Examples will also be given for records from the UK, United States and Australia. The instructor would ask anyone who would care to share to forward a digital image of your ancestor that served in the military (whatever country ... whatever service); please label with full name, rank, area of service and year span (if known). Deadline for electronic submission will be February 20, 2019. Please email to: 


Philing Phoibles - Instructor: Jeannine Powell

Learning Level: B/ALL;      Handout: ?

"Electronic and Paper File Management"
We've all heard it or said it ourselves ... "it's got to be around here somewhere!" With the literal explosion in availability of online resources, it is absolutely mandatory to have a fail-safe filing system to store the information you will find. Learn how to catalog, organize and manage your files, including images, documents, databases and more, so they can easily be stored, shared and preserved. The techniques can also be applied to organizing your Internet bookmarks/favourites. We will look at several different filing methods and naming conventions and cover the basics of creating folders, searching, downloading and creating your own personal research library resource. Additionally we will discuss utilizing Cloud-based storage sites. 


Scotland Basic Research- Instructor: Heather Shave, VGS

Learning Level: B;      Handout:  Yes

Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths from 1855, census returns 1841 to 1911, and Parish Registers from ? to the present are the primary record sets for researching Scottish ancestors.  The information included in each record,  websites where they can be accessed, and how to analyze the records  for further clues will be the main focus of this session.


Scotland Beyond the Basics - Instructor: Heather Shave, VGS

Learning Level: A;      Handout:  Yes

Kirk session records, inheritance, land records, poor law records, pre 1841 census substitutes, and tax records are some of the ways to add information to your Scottish family history.  Most of these records are not online, but many have online indexes.  The records themselves, and websites where they are available will be discussed in this session.


Census Sense - Instructor: Carol Stiles

Learning Level: ALL;      Handout:  Yes

Many countries in the world have used Census records to keep track of their citizens going back as far as 1790 in the USA for example.  This class will show you how to use these valuable census records to their fullest, to glean as much information as possible about your ancestors and to build their family trees.


Researching Jolly Olde England  - Instructor: Carol Stiles

Learning Level: I;      Handout:  Yes

Before 1837, there were no vital records available for England and no census records before 1841, so how do you find your ancestor without these two important English record bases?  This class will explore several avenues to find records and information about your family using parish chest records, wills, court documents etc.


Where’s Grandma? - Instructor: Carol Stiles

 Learning Level: ALL;      HandoutYes

Researching women in your genealogy is sometimes harder than for the paternal lines because many documents or source materials that were used, did not record the maiden names of the women.  It is not impossible though!  This class will teach you strategies to use to discover the elusive women in your family lines.


Discovering Swedish Ancestors - InstructorDr. Murray Strome

Learning Level: ALL;       HandoutYes

Some knowledge of genealogical terminology and how it is used would be helpful. The information presented will be useful for any computer platform (PC Windows, Mac iOS, LINUX).

     In this class, we will explore some of the documents now available online from Swedish archives, and how to use your DNA results to locate other relatives and ancestors who have Swedish roots.
     In 2018, a vast number of Swedish genealogical documents was made available to the public at no charge. Many of these documents have been translated into English. For the rest, there is always “Google Translate”.  The easy access to these documents has made it much easier to discover and document information about your Swedish ancestors. In addition, more and more people are having their DNA tested. To the surprise of many, they are finding that they have Swedish (or at least Scandinavian) ancestors and relatives. In many cases, this can be traced to Charlemagne's campaign to force pagan Scandinavians to Christianity and the Viking expansion and raids that took place in Great Britain and many other European and western Asian countries and even North Africa.


Indexing - Instructor: Kelly Urarii

Learning Level: ALL;       Handout:  ?

"Indexing: Part of the Family History puzzle

Participants will learn how to index: reading a digital image and putting the data into a typed and searchable format.  These are then made available to assist historians as they fill in the pieces of their Family History.  Everyone is welcome; basic computer knowledge is helpful.


Ancestors in Context - Instructor: Karen Inkster Vance, MA

Learing Level:  ALL;      HandoutLink

"Ancestors in Context: Putting the history in your family history"
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.


Family Storytelling 101: - Instructor: Karen Inkster Vance, MA

Learning Level: ALL;      Handout:  Link

"Family Storytelling 101: Write + share your (short) family stories (NEW for 2018!)"
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 storykeeper and are worried these stories might be lost, then this class is for you!


Ajax to Whitchurch-(Ontario) - Instructor: Pamela White

Learning Level: B-I;      Handout: ?

"Ajax to Whitchurch: Researching Your Ancestors in Ontario"
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, land, criminal, cemetery, military, company, newspapers, wills & probate, and city directories.


DNA-Understanding Genealogy DNA  - Instructor: Pamela White

Learning Level: B-I;       Handout: No

"DNA: Understanding Genealogy DNA from Spit to Scrutiny"

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 limitations, risks, and current legislation.

 Family History Center Tours - Instructor(s): FHC STAFF

Learning Level: ALL

The Victoria Family History Center 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 center 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!