Thursday, February 6, 2014

15 sessions will be live streamed from RootsTech 2014

The conference starts today, and here are the sessions (All the times are MST)

Thursday, Feb. 6 

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. “Top 10 Things I Learned About My Family from My Couch,” by Tammy Hepps

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. “FamilySearch Family Tree: What’s New and What’s Next,” by Ron Tanner; 

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. “Intro to DNA for Genealogists,” by James Rader

 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. “Genealogy in the Cloud,” by Randy Hoffman 

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. “Sharing Your Family with Multimedia,” by Michael LeClerc. 

Friday, Feb. 7

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. “Storytelling Super Powers: How to Come Off as Your Family’s Genealogy Hero,” by David Adelman

1 2 p.m. “Tweets, Links, Pins, and Posts: Break Down Genealogical Brick Walls with Social Media,” by Lisa Alzo

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. “Getting the Most Out of,” by Crista Cowen

4 to 5 p.m. “Finding Family and Ancestors Outside the USA with New Technologies” by Daniel Horowitz

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. “Do It Yourself Photo Restoration,” by Ancestry Insider.

Saturday, Feb. 8

10:30 to 11:30 a.m., “Become an iPad Power User,” by Lisa Louise Cooke

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. “Information Overload: Managing Online Searches and Their Results,” by Josh Taylor

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. “A Beginner’s Guide to Going Paperless,” by Randy Whited

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. “How to Interview Yourself for a Personal History,” by Tom Taylor

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. “Five Ways to Do Genealogy in Your Sleep,” by Deborah Gamble.

And while watching Mondays With Myrt on her Google+ Hangout this past Monday, I saw Diane Rogers from the British Columbia Genealogical Society in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City with Dear Myrt and Diane was taking about one of her research passions – women in genealogy.

You can go to to see Diane with Dear Myrt.

So it looks like we are getting off to a fantastic start!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Valentine’s Day Special!!!

GlobalGenealogy in Toronto has just announced that from now until February 14, 2014, they will remove shipping charges from all orders of $35.00 or more ($35.00 or more in product, not including taxes, etc).

Includes shipments to Canada & USA (excluding Hawaii and Alaska).

Free Shipping is via Expedited Parcel Service!

The website is

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Travels with My Aunt: Adventures in Europe 1914

The British Isles Family history Society of Great Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario will hold its monthly meeting on Saturday February the 8th.

The following is the schedule of the meeting -

9:00 a.m. — Before BIFHSGO Education Talk — Bob McDonald will discuss Gaelic naming customs and their relation to the Gaelic language, the oldest literary language in Northern Europe and once widely spoken in Canada.

9:30 a.m. — Browse our Discovery Tables for WWI and Merchant Marine items, hosted by Barbara Tose.

10:00 a.m. — Travels with My Aunt: Adventures in Europe 1914 —Barbara Tose marks the 100th anniversary of her great-grand aunt Nellie Miller's 30-page letter to her brother that is a fascinating tale of events, society, and adventure in 1914. Nellie was a nurse superintendent at the Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, Ontario, who joined the J.L. Hughes party for a tour of Britain and Europe.

I have heard Barbara talk before, and she is an engaging speaker.

If you would like to listen to an interview with her about her talk, go to

The meeting takes place at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa. Free parking is available in the lots east of the building only on Saturday and Sunday. Do not use the lot west of the building.

Open to members and visitors. Free admission.

The website is

Monday, February 3, 2014

Canadian Week in Review 03 February 2014

I have come across the following Canadian websites, social media websites, and newspaper articles this past week that were of interest to me, and I thought you might be interested in them, too


Up To Rawdon Daniel Parkinson has updated his two book set. To see the 29 pages of updates, please go to

Social Media

No new blogs this week.
News Articles

Funding to help save community's Heather Klimchuk, Alberta Minister of Culture announced $12-million in funding on Jan. 27 at the Museum of the Highwood. She said that these funds will be used ”to protect historical buildings, museums and archives and archeological and palaeontological sites”
War memorial to be added to Saskatoon’s River Landing River Landing could soon be home to a new war memorial honouring the contributions of First Nations and ally soldiers in the War of 1812.
Neanderthal DNA hides in genes dictating our hair, skin
Researcher 'quite proud' of his above-average 2.9% Neanderthal genome Scientists say that skin and hair of modern man could be as much as 70 per cent Neanderthal

Story of the Week

In a message from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on the Occasion of Black History Month, he remind us “Black History Month serves a two-fold purpose: to look back on the achievements and contributions of Black Canadians; and to acknowledge that Black history is Canadian history-inextricably linked to every citizen across the land and essential to Canada's future”.

In December 1995, the Canadian House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month. The motion introduced by the first black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine. The motion was carried unanimously by the House of Commons, and the Senate ratified a similar motion by Senator Donald Oliver in 2008
To this end, Canada Post had issued two stamps – one to Africville, a black community in north-end of Halifax and Hogan’s Alley was the unofficial name of a four-block-long dirt lane that formed the nucleus of Vancouver’s – first concentrated African-Canadian community in British Columbia.
To read more about Canadian Back Heritage month, go to

Reminder: Check the Canadian Week in Review next Monday for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada. It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in country! The next post will be on 10 February 2014.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

FootsSteps of the Past

Kim Mills, a fellow blogger and writer—she also wrote Organizing Digital Files, a how-to article for the latest edition of Chinook (the journal of the Alberta Family Histories Society)—has a blog called FootsSteps of the Past at

In her blog, she mentions researching the following surnames –
  • Anderson & Andersson
  • Badgerow
  • Churchyard
  • Colgan
  • Ferrier
  • Gallant
  • Gardiner
  • Gibson
  • Grummett
  • Hazard
  • Hazlett & Haslett
  • Kane
  • Kuhn
  • Laws & Lawes
  • Mills
  • Mört
  • Puddington
  • Robichaud
  • Robinson
  • Schuler
  • Smith (Irish from County Tyrone)
  • Spitz
  • Stinson

Her main areas of research are –

  • New Brunswick
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island 

  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island

  • Germany (Baden)
  • Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Sweden

She also has a blog called Homestead Acres at, and she has vlogs and videos at where she talks about the “homesteading lifestyle”.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Chinook - Winter, January 2014

The Winter, January 2014 (Volume 34, Number 2) issue of Chinook —the journal of the Alberta Family Histories Society—is out, and I am in it!

Last fall, I had asked its Editor, Wayne Shepheard, about doing a possible article on citing sources. I submitted Sources and Citations in Genealogy: What Are They? in November, and it appears on pages 8 to 11 of this issue.

In another article, entitled Starting Over, Michele Simmons Lewis gives very good advice on keeping one’s genealogy current.

Lois Sparling, in Organizing Family History Research, explores different ways to keep it all organized. She also reviews a book on the subject by A. C. Fleming called The Organized Family Historian.

And following in her footsteps is an article by Marion Peterson called Organizing My Genealogy Files in which she tells us how she has organized her work. Next, Kim Mills, in her article, Organizing Digital Files, lets us see how she does it.
And there are three other articles – Caring for Family Keepsakes: Ten Tips to Help You Preserve the Past by Denise May Levenick; Personal Digital Archiving for Individuals, Families and Information Professionals: Issues to Consider by Donald T. Hawkins; and Succession-Proofing Your Family History by Jim Benedict.

This a very complete journal, with lots of articles, columns, tips, events, and book reviews of interest to genealogists. The journal is not necessarily Alberta-centric, and it certainly appeals to everyone.

For further information, visit the AFHS online at

Friday, January 31, 2014

Gwyneth Pearce, Secretary of the Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society tells us that they will be holding an all-day workshop Scotland and its People, at the North York Central Library on Saturday 12 April 2014. .

There will be 11 sessions, and they will be on Scottish history, patterns of migration, records and repositories, planning your research both here and in Scotland, and adding “flesh to the bones” of your Scottish ancestors.

The workshop will be led by two principal speakers: UK-based genealogist Sheena Tait, who specializes in Scottish research, and historian Kevin James, a faculty member in the Scottish Studies Program at the University of Guelph. Krista Barclay, Christine Woodcock, and three of our own Toronto Branch experts – Marian Press, Linda Reid and James F.S. Thomson – will also bring their knowledge and enthusiasm to the day’s program..Whether you’re a seasoned researcher or just beginning your family history journey, this is a day you won’t want to miss!

Full program details and speaker biographies can be found on the Branch website at

The early-bird registration deadline for this event is 15 March. OGS members enjoy additional discounts.