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Friday, 12 February 2016

10% Discount at Forever.com

As a special for our followers and friends, the CanGen Summit Team managed to secure a discount to Forever.com - just in time for Valentine's Day. 

The code cangen10 will give you a 10% discount on permanent cloud storage or on any other product or service you choose.

Code valid from today until March 31, 2016

Here's the video which describes Forever.com

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Ancestry's Announcement About Software Compatibility Changes

In early December, Ancestry made the announcement that they were retiring the sales of FamilyTree Maker Software. Mass panic ensued. The issue, of course, was not so much the retiring of the software as it was that the trees could no longer be synchronized with the online trees on Ancestry.

Last week, at RootsTech the announcement was made that FamilyTree Maker is alive and well once again, having been bought out by MacKiev. The company assures new functionality features. Simultaneous to that announcement came news that RootsMagic was now the software to have, since Ancestry will allow synchronization between RootsMagic and their online trees. 

Bad timing!

While I understand that major events like RootsTech are prime places for genealogy related companies to make major announcements, the unfortunate piece is that Christmas occurred in between the announcement from Ancestry that FamilyTree Maker was out and RootsTech where we learned that RootsMagic was in. 

In a panic, after the initial announcement, people turned to the genealogy bloggers and gurus and then added genealogy software to their Christmas lists. Bad news for the Ancestry users who didn't ask Santa for RootsMagic! 

Of course, for those of us who don't care about the synchronization or who can work around it with other software, there really is no issue. But Ancestry isn't catering to us. They are catering to the people who only know to click, click, click. And have likely caused even more anxiety by waiting to announce the transition. 

Think twice before making big announcements, Ancestry. It all comes down to customer satisfaction and you have truly missed the mark on this one. 

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Call for Presentations OGS Conference 2017 Closes MONDAY

The annual Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2017 will be held in Ottawa on June 16-18, 2017 at Algonquin College. The theme of the conference is Our Canada – Your Family: Building a Nation

As 2017 will be the 150th anniversary of the birth of Canada, Ottawa Branch OGS will host the annual OGS conference and give the Conference a national flair, bringing together genealogists and family historians from all over Canada. We are looking for speakers and talks of interest to genealogists from all provinces.

In keeping with this theme, we invite proposals for presentations on: 
  • family history from every region and territory of Canada (e.g. Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies and British Columbia); 
  • migration to and from Canada and also within Canada and how this helped to not only build our families, but also Canada;
  • pre- and post-1867 research in Upper Canada; 
  • religious associations; 
  • military connections; 
  • the latest updates on computer, social media and genealogy database technology; 
  • the ever growing use of DNA testing for genealogy; 
  • skill-building for family historians (e.g. use of the genealogy proof standard, getting more out of online resources)  

Speakers from other related disciplines are welcome! Statisticians, demographers, archaeologists, researchers, archivists, librarians, geographers, cartographers, scientists, theologians, doctors, PhD candidates, software gurus, internet intellectuals, social media mavens, and historians of all kinds have information of interest to family historians and we would like to hear from you! 

Most sessions will be one hour long. Sessions may be streamed in or out of the Conference venue. Topics for interactive, hands-on workshops are also welcome (typically half-day sessions). Speakers will receive an honorarium, plus appropriate expenses and complimentary Conference registration. In early 2017, speakers will submit content for inclusion in a syllabus.

Please submit your proposals by e-mail. Include your full name, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, website address (if applicable) and biographical information including recent speaking credits. For each proposal, please provide a unique title, a summary of your presentation (250 words maximum), the intended audience (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and your A/V requirements. Multiple proposals are encouraged.


To submit proposals or ask questions, please contact the Conference 2017 Program Committee at: program.conference2017@ogs.on.ca

*with thanks to Jane Down

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit Team Gets Interviewed

While at RootsTech, the CanGen Summit Team had the pleasure of being interviewed by the team at the In-Depth Genealogist. It was a great chat and the time went far too quickly!

Next Genealogy 101 Course Starts Monday


Beginning Monday, February 15, I will be the instructor for Family Tree University's Scottish Genealogy Research course.

The course covers:
  • ·         Getting Started
  • ·         Navigating the ScotlandsPeople Website
  • ·         Digging Deeper with Scottish Libraries and Archives
  • ·         Emigration

The course allows interaction between students and with the instructor. 

To register:

Monday, 8 February 2016

RootsTech Interview with Forever.com

What a great pleasure it was for the team at the Great Canadian Genealogy Summit to interview Glen Meakem of Forever.com 

We had so much fun learning about this fascinating new technology that allows long-term cloud storage where the person uploading to the cloud retains ownership! The upfront fees pay for the long term storage over many many years. This is the ONLY cloud storage that is guaranteed for the long term and guarantees you retain ownership. 

Thank you, Glen, for energizing us and for this unique way for family historians to preserve their family memories and ephemera long term. 

Kathryn Lake Hogan, Glen Meakem and Christine Woodcock

RootsTech Interview with Find My Past

The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit Team had the great pleasure of interviewing Gail Rivett (Chief Marketing Officer) and Ben Bennett (VP Operations) of Find My Past:

Ben's favourite record set is the newly released US Marriage Collection and the Passenger Lists. Gail's favourite record set is the 1939 Register

Coming down the pipes, and of great excitement to all of us, is that Find My Past is working with Library and Archives Canada to have the records in their collections to be digitized and made available through Find My Past. First up will be the Census records, so look for them coming online towards the end of 2016.

Special thanks to both Gail and Ben for taking the time to chat with us and to Jen Baldwin for setting the interview up. What an energizing start to RootsTech!