2019 Keynote Speaker Biography


Carol Stiles

 Carol Stiles has been working on her own family history since 1970.  After all her children left home in the mid 90’s, she got serious when she started volunteering at the Family History Centre in Victoria.  Within two years, she had made major progress on her own line, her husband's line, and the lines of her stepfather, her son-in-law and daughter- in-law.  
When she served as Technical Advisor to the Victoria Family History Centre, she had to learn a little about computers.  (She still knows a little).  She then served as the Director of the Duncan Family History Centre until January 2011 when she and her husband served a humanitarian mission in Slovakia. There she also helped members with genealogy and taught several classes in a foreign language.  
At present Carol volunteers as a Family History Consultant and teaches several classes a year for the FHC at the Duncan Library.  Her specialty is finding data online.  If it is on the web somewhere, she can find it.  She has discovered how to tweak the system to find what she is looking for.  She can help you with Canadian, American, English and Scottish research, as well as French-Canadian and Eastern European research.