Friday, October 19, 2018

Where are the women in my family tree?

For those in my session at Finding Your Roots 2018 - here is a copy of my 'brainstorming' chart for researching women (or other elusive people).

Download the .pdf

If a problem with the link, please let me know.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Encouraging Younger Family Historians....

Two recent issues of The Alberta Genealogical Society journal, "Relatively Speaking", feature family histories, research and stories by young people. Congratulations to them and to the Society for sponsoring this work.

We all talk about encouraging younger genealogists. Some of us, of course, were young when we started! If a Society had been eager to publish my research when I was quite young, I'd have been thrilled, I'm sure. And I'd likely have taken out a membership, if available.

The Alberta Genealogical Society's Canada 150 Genealogy for Youth Project was funded by a Canada 150 grant "to introduce Genealogy and Family History to 150 Alberta youth in 2017" in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary. In the end, over 500 young people participated and 424 received a project completion certificate! Quite an achievement.

Topics for the published articles range from family homes and recipes to military history - WW II RCAF, and the US Civil War, to family memorabilia - paintings, jewellery, even a piano.

The articles are surname indexed and Relatively Speaking is indexed in PERSI too.

John Althouse, a member of the Edmonton Branch of the AGS and author of several books on genealogy for youth, spearheaded the project with the Youth Co-ordinators in the 10 AGS branches.

See the Genealogy for Youth section on the AGS website (link below) to learn more about the Society's project and additional resources.


Relatively Speaking, Alberta Genealogical Society, Volume 46, Numbers 1 and 2 (February and May 2018). I did read these at the BC Genealogical Society Library in Surrey.

Genealogy for Youth section, Alberta Genealogical Society website:

PERSI, The Periodical Source Index, at

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Genealogy in April - and a bit of reading...

Last month was a very busy month. Lots of #genealogy!

DNA, Irish research, researching women, and researching Canada were my favourite talks. I'm going to post some of my handouts later today.

For those who were in my "Using Findmypast for Irish Research" class at the Abbotsford Family History Day Seminar, here is an article on the project to recreate - virtually - the Public Records Office of Ireland which burned after an explosion at the Four Courts in June 1922. This massive and imaginative digital reconstruction is underway; the plan is to finish by 2022, the centenary of this disaster.

Trinity College Dublin is collaborating with the National Archives of Ireland - Cartlann Náisiúnta na hÉireann, The National Archives of the United Kingdom, The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and The Irish Manuscripts Commission.

You can already see what the Office building looked like before the fire at the Beyond 2022 website: 

"Digital project to recreate public record office destroyed by fire" by Philip Bromwell, updated 8 February 2018, RTÉ.ie, Raidió Teilifís Éireann.

Oh, and for me there was a Dewey 24- Hour Readathon last weekend. I only got a bit of reading done as I was busy teaching genealogy. Next time, I'll get through more books. I see more volunteers are needed to host hourly challenges. I'm sure I can do that

This year I'm participating in the 50 Book Pledge sponsored by The Savvy Reader. (I've read 108 so far.)

Join us next time in the Readathon - October 20, 2018! - read for one hour or 4 or the whole 24!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Dewey Readathon!

This weekend I'm reading! That won't be a surprise to many, but this is the fall Dewey 24 Hour Readathon weekend. Although I can't read the entire weekend, due to commitments, I'll read any minute I'm free starting a few minutes ago.

First book to read - New Orleans Mourning by Julie Smith.

1. I'm reading in British Columbia, Canada.
2. Nightsong by M. J. Rhodes is in my reading pile. I'm looking forward to reading this.
3. Snacks - mostly popcorn. Good for cold weather reading.
4. My favourite fun books are mysteries - mostly historical, women detectives, or, Scandinavians.
5. One thing I'm doing differently is to read some books on my Kindle app. Too many books in that TBR pile, same as the physical ones. But one can never have too many books!

Dewey Readathon - Year 10!