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COVID-19 ALERT: Due to current travel restrictions and as a precautionary measure, programs will not be presented in-person at this time. Pre-recorded presentations can be provided to your group to watch at their leisure, or as a live webinar hosted on your platform (i.e. Adobe Connect, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, Zoom, etc.)

Essentials of English Evidence

Experience Level: Beginner

Geographic Specialization: England

Program Outline: With history dating back over a thousand years, England has one of the richest sources of records in the world. A question often asked is, “Where do I begin?” We will explore the most popular record collections in England and Wales to help guide you down the path to continuous success in discovering the lives of your ancestors. Syllabus will be provided.

Recognize Those Places

Subtitled: Connecting places to the people in our research

Experience Level: All

Geographic Specialization: Canada

Program Outline: How well do you know the places where your ancestors lived? How can you learn more? Why do you want to know? We will look at ways to help develop a better understanding of the places the people lived, and why this can be a key to breaking down brick walls. Syllabus will be provided.

The Quebec Divide

Experience Level: Beginner

​Geographic Specialization: Quebec – Canada

Program Outline: Religion, language, and history are three large components which make up the general culture of a society. What sometimes creates barriers when researching ancestors in Quebec? We will look at what are some similarities, differences, and terminology you will face when looking into record collections – to help you become more confident in delving into records not found on mainstream genealogy websites. Syllabus will be provided.

Locating Your British Home Children

Experience Level: Beginner

Geographic Specialization: Canada, England, Scotland

Program Outline: For seventy years (1869-1939) over 100, 000 destitute children were sent from British streets and orphanages to Canada to become domestic help and farm hands. With over fifty sending agencies, these children were primarily placed in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Québec, Ontario, Manitoba, among other locations. One in ten Canadians are now descendants of Home Children. This program is an unknown piece of relatively recent history in Canada. We will learn about the program itself, and how to go about locating records and identifying if an ancestor was British Home Child sent to Canada. Syllabus will be provided.

Find the Missing Evidence

Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Geographic Specialization: All

Program Outline: How many times have we heard, “I’ve searched for my family tree and nothing is in there”. Using the Genealogical Proof Standard as a guide to producing success with a different perspective. Syllabus will be provided.

Annals of Evidence in Quebec

Experience Level: Beginner

Geographic Specialization: Quebec – Canada

Program Outline: Getting started into researching ancestors in Quebec can be a daunting task for people who aren’t familiar with Quebec as a province, and the history of such. We will take a dive into exploring how Quebec is sub-divided, and the many record collections available in some of the most populated regions – both online and offline. Syllabus will be provided.

A Lemon in the Lemon Tree

Experience Level: Intermediate

Geographic Specialization: All

Program Outline: Families are known to have generations of children and grandchildren with the same name. When this plays havoc in your family tree, you’ll need more than the certainty of being in the right place at the right time. We will explore an example in my own English family, and the steps I had to take to disprove family lore derived from a mistake made over a century ago. Syllabus will be provided.

Rejuvenate and Stimulate

Subtitled: Taking a look at your current-state family history research 

Experience Level: All

Geographic Specialization: Canada

Program Outline: When was the last time you went back over the research you have already done? Does your pedigree need a facelift? We will look at the why’s and how’s of refreshing your family history research. Syllabus will be provided.

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