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Posts Tagged ‘Family History’

Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2010

The Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2010 starts today and advance registration is now closed. Several streams are already booked but you can still register at the door for some sessions as space permits.

Saturday, May 16 Italian stream will be hosted by genealogical speakers, John Philip Colletta. The session is in four parts:
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Session I1: How to Prepare for Successful Research in European Records – Colletta
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Session I2: Italian Records, Part 1: The Foundation for Successful Research- Colletta
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Session I3: Italian Records, Part 2: A Detailed Examination, One by One- Colletta
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
LUNCH BREAK
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Session I4: Tracing the Origins of the Zorzi Family of Toronto: From Lonca to Passariano (Udine, Italy) and Beyond – Olga Zorzi Pugliese

For more information on this, or any of the sessions presented this weekend visit the OGS Conference 2010 website.

Family History Conference in Brampton – Saturday August 21st

From my Family History Newsletter:

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the Toronto Ontario Temple, the Brampton Ontario Stake of the LDS Church is sponsoring One World – One Family, a Family History Conference. The program on Saturday, August 21st, runs from 9am to 4pm and box lunches will be provided. Speakers will include: Paul F. Smart, who will be the keynote speaker and present two workshops on British research; Brian Gilchrist, who will give the plenary address and two workshops on Canadian research; Dr. Gurcharan Gill will be speaking on family history research in Punjab, India; Sheila Hsia will be discussing the intricacies of research in China; Dorothy Kew will be presenting Jamaican and British West Indies genealogy; Nuala Farrell-Griffin on family roots in Ireland; and Carmen Pistritto will be discussing Italian family history. Cost for the day will be $15. For more details or to register on-line see www.oneworldonefamily-theevent.com

Who Do You Think You Are

WDYTYAWith the final two episodes of WDYTYA under way, I thought I should at least mention it once. I haven’t before because it seems like every time I turn around someone has either written, blogged or mentioned it. Talk about over kill. The series is interesting – it gives me an excuse to watch TV on Friday nights which is a nice break from housework, the computer and watching silly reruns of movies I have already seen at least a hundred times but it’s still not what I expected.
I feel the series, while good, is not geared to the average person. There is too much use of professional genealogists and jet setting all over the world. It also is misleading because so far, EVERYONE has had some famous or glorified ancestor in their family- which is not going to be the case for most people. Using actors as the main subjects is entertaining but allowing them into archives to handle old documents without the use of gloves or a pencil makes me cringe! Tell me you or I could go into that same archive and get away with something like that!
And because the shows are only an hour in length I find they jump over some important steps to how they arrive at discovering that all too important piece of family history. Instead of doing such a long introduction or a boring and pointless recap after each commercial, why not talk more about the sources used or the time frame involved in arriving to the outcome? The only time I have seen mention of any online source used is when someone logs onto Ancestry to look up a ship manifest. That’s great if you have the luxury of a laptop and subscription to ancestry from home, but if not, it is available at most libraries or Family History Centers for free. Or another alternative is the Ellis Island site if your ancestors arrived through New York and prior to 1924.

In spite of this, I do enjoy the show and I am happy that it has been picked up for another season. I only hope that they will eventually realize that there is so much more that they can do with the show to improve it.

Future Episodes:
Friday, April 26 – Susan Sarandon traces her ancestry to Tuscany, Italy
Friday, April 30 – Spike Lee traces his African- American roots.

Family Tree University Webinars

Making the Most Out of Family Search

FamilySearch and Family Family Tree University are hosting a webinar on Tuesday, April 20, at 7 p.m. EST.

Learn how to use FamilySearch to find your ancestors!

Thanks to an active research and development department, the FamilySearch website is growing and changing quickly. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to use FamilySearch and the FamilySearch Record Search pilot to find your ancestors.

In this one-hour Webinar presented by Diane Haddad, Managing Editor of Family Tree Magazine, you’ll learn:

• Searching the databases on FamilySearch

• Using the FamilySearch Record Search Pilot

• Finding historical books

Read full article…..

Online Research Series Classes

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City Utah now offers free online Research Classes to help you get started in tracing your roots. Some classes are broken down into 2 or 3 lessons about 30 minutes long each. Others, have only one class that is about an hour long. Videos can be paused and resumed at your convenience so if the phone rings or you need to step away for a minute you don’t need to worry about missing something.

There are basic tips on how to research using records for several countries including a 58 minute class on Basic Italian Research. The video file is a bit large for downloading so I would recommend using a fast connection. There are some great handouts that you can print out as well that highlight key points of the class and list some interesting links to visit.

Although quite basic, the video is definitely worth watching.

You can read more about the online classes on the Article posted on Family Search on 12 Mar 2010 and written by Paul Nauta – FamilySearch Public Affairs Manager, – Family History Library Classes Now Available on Internet

OGS Conference 2010

The Ontario Genealogical Conference 2010 will be held on Friday, May 14 through Sunday, May 16, 2010, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This years theme is: “Essentials, Innovations & Delights” and will feature case studies, workshops and guest speakers such as genealogist Dr. John Philip Colletta, author of They Came in Ships and Finding Italian Roots – two must haves for anyone researching their Italian Roots,
Ruth Blair, who is also a professional genealogist based in Oakville, Ontario and author of Planning a Genealogical Trip to Ireland: the Research Trail in Dublin and Linda L. Reid, a retired librarian and volunteer in the Toronto Family History Centre of the LDS Church.

Of special interest to me is the Italian Ancestry Stream they have planned for Saturday, May 15 in which Dr. Colletta will conduct an exclusive two part lecture followed by highlight research techniques and sources in Italy, and how they are used to trace a family’s origins.

The Conference location for this years event will be held at
Doubletree by Hilton—Toronto Airport
655 Dixon Road
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M9W 1J3
Tel: 1-416-244-1711

You can book your accommodation here or visit their website for more information.

I look forward to attending and hope to see you there!

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