Keynote Session 

Welcome to the Victoria Family History Conference Keynote Session:

Digging for Potatoes but Finding Gold



Friday March 01, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

701 Mann Avenue, (at Wilkinson Rd)
Victoria, British Columbia
V8Z 6P5


Keynote Speaker:


Carol Stiles started teaching school at age 18, and she has been educating people one way or another ever since.

Along with the instructional opportunities afforded by raising six children, Carol built a successful business selling kitchen equipment by featuring popular in-store cooking classes. She later branched out into doing YouTube demos to support her online store.

Working on her own family history since 1970, Carol got serious with it after all her children left home in the mid ‘90s, and she began volunteering at the Family History Centre in Victoria. Within two years, she had made major progress on her own line, as well as those of her husband, stepfather, son-in-law, and daughter-in-law.

Serving as Technical Advisor to the Victoria Family History Centre, Carol had to learn a little about computers. (She still knows a little.) She has taken and taught many genealogy courses over the years, and attended the Salt Lake City family history conference. Many vacations included doing research in record offices, including Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa, and the Dorset, Norfolk, Northampton, and Isle of Wight offices in England.

After several years as Director of the Duncan Family History Centre, Carol and her husband served a humanitarian mission in Slovakia. While there, she also helped people with genealogy and taught several classes to Slovak patrons using a translator. 

Carol currently volunteers as a Family History Consultant and teaches several classes each year at the public library in Duncan.

Her specialty is finding data online. If it’s on the web, she can find it. Carol can help with Canadian, American, English, and Scottish research, as well as French Canadian (you’re probably related to her) and Eastern European research. Her skills are remarkably transferable to other countries as well.

And like so many genealogists, when she’s not digging up her family roots, you’ll probably find her digging in her gorgeous garden. Tending to the family tree – one way or another.