FindmypastYour Source for British and Irish Research – Jen Baldwin 

A beginner’s guide to the Findmypast website and historical records collection. 

DNA 101: New and Improved, Again – Mags Gaulden 

Genetic information for genealogy changes so fast that by the time you see this, things will be different, again. No worries, in this session we will cover the basics of DNA as well as the latest changes in the world of genetic genealogy. The hows and the why’s of DNA as they stand the day of this workshop. 

Who Do You Think They Are? – Carol St. Clair 

Since you are the family historian you have been fortunate to inherit Gramma’s collection of photo albums. You look at the old cabinet cards, carte de visits, tin types and wonder who are these people and are they related to you? Using the clues in the photos such as the type of photo, clothing, hair, jewelry, props, cardstock, photographer etc. 

The workshop will take the participant on a power point journey from 1850-1910 showing each decade in photography and clues to look for in the photos. It will also allow the participants to work together in small groups using actual photos from my collection to date the photo and, in some cases, using all available clues identify the people in the photo. 

Be a Good Ancestor: How to Leave Your Story for Future Generations – Lynn Palermo 

In this workshop, learn to write your story in manageable bite-size pieces that fit into your life. Learn to leave an eloquent record of your family history and life lessons for future generations. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring a favourite binder to begin their legacy journal. There will be handouts and templates to help them get started. They’ll leave this workshop with the beginnings of their own Legacy Journal. 

Google for Genealogists: Maps, Satellite – Lianne Kruger 

We will use Google maps to find an ancestor’s home, add their locations with stars/labels, plot the migration of ancestral families to Canada, share these maps with others and plan the layout of places to visit on an ancestral trip. 

This session will explain how to use Google Maps to: 

  • Find an ancestor’s home from an address 
  • Add these locations with stars and labels under your Google account 
  • See these areas from street view and Satellite 
  • Share these with others 
  • Plot the migration of ancestral families in Google’s My Maps 
  • Layout an ancestral trip by locating places to visit and the order to visit them such as homes and graveyards 

A laptop and Google account are recommended for use at the workshop. 

One Place Studies: Examining the Intricate Details of Your Ancestor’s Community – Jen Baldwin 

Many of us are entirely focused on names, so it may be time to consider the place instead. A One Place Study (OPS) can give you a more complete view of your family, their day-to-day life, and open opportunities for new areas of research and discovery. 

DNA 201.4 – The Tools Session – Mags Gaulden 

Come explore all the newest, shiniest tools for the budding Genetic Genealogist. We will cover, in-depth, how to use the hottest newest tools available for ferreting out your family history with the help of DNA. 

Don’t Copy Wrong: Copyright! The Workshop – Elise C. Cole 

Every year, materials like photographs, books and other creations move into the public domain. For Family Historians, like other researchers, knowing if these items can be used freely and reproduced can be difficult to determine. 

This workshop will help participants learn how to determine if copyright exists in the Canadian context, how to apply fair dealing principles, how to request permission to reproduce the work, and a brief examination of licences. 

Work Smarter: Tech Tools for Writing Your Family History (hands-on) – Lynn Palermo 

In this workshop, attendees will learn how to combine some of the best tech tools on the market to help organize, write and cite their family history stories. Spend more time writing and less time shuffling papers with a combination of these remarkable tools. Become a more efficient and productive family history writer getting that writing project across the finish line a little bit quicker. 

How to Start A Family History Blog (and Why You Might Want To) Makeover Secrets for a More Beautiful and Functional Blog – Elizabeth O’Neal and Laura Hedgecock 

Does your blog or website say what you want it to say about you? Can web visitors find the content which interests them?  Regardless of the site building platform you use, your site can – and should – focus on your visitors’ experience AND project professionalism. 

Learn practical tips and best practices for improving your site through aesthetics, mobile-friendly themes and navigation, right-sized images, archive structures, “About” pages, and disclosure statements. In Dos and Don’ts format, the presenters will also discuss apps that annoy visitors and cause search engines to downgrade your site.  

Join the more than 3,400 genealogists already blogging their family history; it has never been easier to get started!