Thursday, November 22, 2018

Saturday, December 8, 2018, Burnaby – Genealogy Seminar Speakers

More about the Speakers at the December 8th genealogy Seminar in Burnaby, BC. Sponsored by the Guild of One-Name Studies. 

Space is limited; do register now.

[The Guild's website will be briefly unavailable the night of 22-23 November, due to maintenance, for approximately 60 minutes between 11:30 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. GMT. Read more at]

Seminar Speakers

Allan Ailo

Allan Ailo is a speaker on various aspects of heraldry as well as being a heraldic artist and illustrator. He has served the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada in several capacities, is the founding President of the Vancouver Branch and currently he’s the Heraldic Art Committee Chair on the National Board. 

Allan co-authored and illustrated a digital publication, “A Municipal Coat of Arms – Using Canadian heraldry in your visual identity program”.

M. Diane Rogers

Diane Rogers is happily teaching and researching genealogy and tackling family history mysteries all week long. She loves cemeteries, old newspapers and photographs, and has authored guides and articles on Canadian and BC genealogy and related topics, including postcards. She volunteers for the BC Genealogical Society (BCGS), the Guild of One-Name Studies (GOONS), the Virtual Genealogical Association (VGA), and the Vancouver Branch of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada and is President of the Vancouver Postcard Club and a Director and Editor of the BCGS.

She’s been researching local and women’s history since British Columbia’s Centennial in 1958 and her own family history seriously worldwide for over 20 years. She’s a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors and the Genealogical Speakers Guild, teaches on-going genealogy classes, speaks around BC and internationally and she has registered studies with the Guild of One-Name Studies and the Society for One-Place Studies.

 Brenda L. Smith

Brenda Smith Is a writer and researcher in Maple Ridge. Presently she serves as Chair of the Maple Ridge Community Heritage Commission, and is a founding member of the Maple Ridge Family History Group. She has developed and presented programs to teach research, organizational development, public speaking and theatre skills. She is a founder of Island Mountain Arts. Her experience in journalism includes Community Editor of the Quesnel Cariboo Observer.

She presents research methodology programs for libraries, museums and archives, family history societies and other interested groups. She teaches for the Cloverdale Genealogy Collection of Surrey Libraries, was a presenter at Harvest your Roots in Kelowna, developed Local Voices with partners at Maple Ridge Library and presented Spring Training Camp for Genealogists for the Kelowna and District Genealogical Society. and spoke at the 2015 American Historical Society of Germans from Russia convention in Billings, Montana.

Peter Whitlock

Peter Whitlock, a retired CPA, has more than fifty years experience with genealogical research.  He is a long-time member of the BC Genealogical Society, a Director, and one of their Past Presidents.  He has been a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies since it was founded in 1979.

His area of expertise is his One-Name Study of the Whitlock family plus he manages the Whitlock Family Association he founded in 1968 and has published the Whitlock Family Newsletter for more than thirty years and is webmaster of the & websites.

Mr. Whitlock has given many talks on genealogical subjects across British Columbia and in Salt Lake City.   His library catalogue of thousands of images of original documents has enabled Whitlocks and Whitlock descendants to accurately document their ancestry, many to the 1400’s.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Guild of One-Name Studies Seminar - Dec 8, 2018 in Burnaby, BC

Saturday, December 8, 2018, Burnaby – Genealogy Seminar

Be ready for new genealogy opportunities in 2019!

Sponsored by the Guild of One-Name Studies - 
Non-members welcome.


Allan Ailo, Heraldry

M. Diane Rogers, Paperless Productivity

Brenda Smith, Cite That!

Peter Whitlock & M. Diane Rogers, DNA & Family History

Door prizes, including a MyHeritage DNA kit.

All day seminar; lunch & break refreshments included.

$45 Canadian – Register online with the Guild of One-Name Studies, Events:

Location: Alan Emmott Centre, 6650 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC.

Accessible; ample parking; close to Greater Vancouver transit.

Guild contact, M. Diane Rogers: or 604 724 8744

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