Friday, July 01, 2022

Summer 2022 - What's Happening in Local Genealogy events?

 Genealogy Life is getting busy here again - not quite as normal, but much more happening! Looking forward to getting out and about more this summer.

Last weekend, I was at Greater Vancouver's Scandinavian Summer festival. Beautiful weather, very hot! And many visitors to the Scandinavian Cultural Society's Genealogy Room with questions! We do try to answer them all! Keep up with local Scandinavian events here -

Coming up July 1st is THE Genealogy Show

Get your tickets here:   I'm speaking on "A 12 Week Genealogy Year?" Come to hear me and find out all about it. Check out all the other great speakers too! 

The Vancouver Genealogy Group continues to meet on Zoom, as do the Guild of One-Name Study members while the Lower Mainland Bookcrossing enthusiasts are meeting in person again (carefully, of course) and more.

Coming up in the Summer?

I'm speaking next week to the Maple Ridge Family History Group on "Why study a surname?" I know that some of this award winning group have surnames perfect for one-name studies! But really any surname can be done - with patience and collaboration. See more about the group's many projects here:

Our Scandinavian genealogists are off again in July to Eurofest in Maple Ridge, July 23rd/July 24th, 2022.  No matter where your family is from, this will be a fun event. Keep up with the details here: 

And beyond? 

I'll be teaching genealogy classes again in the fall in person, I hope. And still Zooming too. 

Stay tuned for more event news coming up. 

Friday, March 25, 2022

RootsTech 2022 - Still Going Strong!


All the 2022 sessions, available all year! 

All free to learn from at your own pace. 

This year, as last year, I was busy at RootsTech talking to visitors to the Guild of One-Name Studies booth.  

 I did get time to see some events and watch at least a few of the many, many sessions I knew I wanted to see. I hope you did too. 

Since then, as time permits, I've been 'attending' RootsTech 2022.  Here are a few favourites I recommend. (Don't forget to download all the handouts.)

Before RootsTech even opened, I was recommending Michelle Patient's DNA session on "Maximising Messages". I knew it would be good - and practical. Asking how to contact DNA matches effectively is one of the most often heard 'genetic genealogy' questions.

Of course, Canadian research is a topic I'm very interested in. Valerie Casbourn of Library and Archives Canada has a 3 part session series on Canada's World War I military records

 1. In the Trenches: Military Service Files 

2. War Diaries of the First World War

3. Photographs of the First World War

Her presentation points out how important it can be to explore all the documentary evidence to learn what was happening to the military units at this time, not only those records which name our family members. 

Myko Clelland also has a 3 part series - on Scottish records which I've been spending a lot of time on lately. He includes abundant advice on searching the records, and highlights some documents often overlooked, like vaccination records. 

1. Birth in Scotland

2. Marriage in Scotland

3. Death in Scotland

I really do like the 3 part series idea as it allows for more depth for each element of the topic, and still is convenient and comfortable to watch. 

Another of my favourites was "Play and Gift Giving Our Family History" by Traci A Gormley. Her thoughtful ideas for sharing family history with family members will be easy to do, 'repurposing' games everyone already loves, for instance. 

Katherine Schober's presentation, "I Don't Speak the Language! Translation Tips & Tricks" is indeed full of great advice for deciphering records in languages we don't know. And she explains how her tips and tricks work so we'll be able to use them again and again.

I wasn't able to attend any of the panels or discussion sessions 'live' but I am catching up now. Looking forward to listening soon to "Dealing with Ethical Dilemmas in an Online World (A Discussion)" by Jill Ball and Lynn Broderick. A very timely topic! 

Which sessions caught your attention? Do let me know. 

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Strays from Penticton, BC. 1921 - A family photo?

L. D. Cafe

Penticton, 1921

Mother, Mel, May & Billie"

Do these names ring a bell?

Great photo! 

But not quite enough info, yet. 

I suspect May and Billie may be visiting Penticton.

Do let me know if you recognize anyone or the names...or the car.