Spend the day with Dave Obee!
A Seminar on Genealogy in Canada
Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014.
Location: Sheraton Cavalier Hotel,
2620 – 32 Avenue NE, Calgary
Dave Obee is an internationally-known, award-winning journalist, author, speaker, teacher and genealogical researcher. He has written a dozen books and given more than 400 presentations at conferences and seminars in Canada and the United States. He is Editor in Chief of the Times Colonist in Victoria, British Columbia, a columnist for Internet Genealogy magazine and a regular contributor to other family history publications such as Family Chronicle, Canada’s History and Your Family Tree magazines.
For more information on Dave, visit his website at www.daveobee.com.
- 8:00 – 8:45, Registration
- 8:45 – 9:00, Welcome and introduction from the Chairman
- 9:00 – 10:00, Destination Canada*
- 10:00 – 10:30, Break
- 10:30 – 11:30, Canadian Genealogy on the Internet*
- 11:30 – 1:00, Lunch
- 1:00 – 2:00, Mining the Canadian Census*
- 2:00 – 2:30, Break
- 2:30 – 3:30, Canadians in the First World War*
- 3:30 – 4:00, Question Period & Wrap-up
* Talks include a 45 minute presentation plus 15 minutes at the end for questions from the audience.
A full day seminar with presentations on the following topics:
Destination Canada - More than seven million people arrived in Canada from Europe, the United States and Asia between 1815 and 1930. This session deals with the wide variety of sources that deal with immigration to Canada, including ship passenger lists (available from 1865 through 1935), border crossing records, and naturalization and citizenship documents. Many of these sources have been indexed and placed online, making it possible to access them quickly and easily. It pays to know the scope and limitations of those Internet resources, and how to obtain information from other sources.
Canadian Genealogy on the Internet - Canada has hundreds of websites of prime value to genealogists, but it is important to know which ones will give the most value for the time you invest. Which sites to use? That will depend on which of the 10 provinces and three territories your family called home. Several sources should be checked by everyone, but some of the best finds will be in the regional or local websites. This session will quickly guide you to the top sites, where it will be possible for you to make good progress on your Canadian lines.
Mining the Canadian Census - Canadian census records are a tremendous source of genealogical information. Although the first nominal enumerations were done in the French colonies in 1666 and 1667, the most useful census returns date from 1851 through 19216. They provide snapshots of the population every five or ten years, and make it easier to sort out family units and relationships. To be most effective, a genealogist will need to understand the scope and limitations of the census, and to know which supporting documents will enhance the information found in the returns. Some of the limitations of the census are sure to surprise most researchers.
Canadians in the First World War - The First World War touched virtually every Canadian. Between 1914 and 1918, 240,000 men were killed or wounded -- from a country with a population of just eight million. Today, researchers can learn about Canada's soldiers, including facts about their family and where they served. It makes sense to also look for context - what happened to those who survived the war, and to the family members who waited at home for news. Much of the information is available on the Internet, assuming you know where to look.
There will be no organized lunch at the seminar. The Sheraton Cavalier Hotel has a number of restaurants where lunch may be purchased. There are also several eating establishments within easy walking distance for every budget. Attendees will have ample time to meet with others and share a relaxing and enjoyable meal of whatever type they wish. Consult the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel website for more information about dining options.
Hotel arrangements – a block of rooms has been reserved for seminar participants. To reserve a room, contact the Sheraton Cavalier directly at (403) 291-0107 or 1-800-325-3535. Attendees must mention the Alberta Family Histories Society when they call to get a preferred rate.
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New Horizons in Genealogy, presented by Dick Eastman, Lyn Meehan, Thomas MacEntee and others. Topics included social media, organization and "Squeezing Records Until they Talk." October 16, 2010.
Forensic Genealogy, presented by Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., May 2010.
Dr. Fitzpatrick is widely renowned for her innovative forensic approach to genealogical research.
Christopher Watts, a series of lectures, May 2008.
Mr. Watts is a lecturer and writer of numerous articles and books. He has been on staff at the National Archives of the UK since 1997.