Welcome to Scottish Genealogy Tips And Tidbits

A wee bit of info to help you in your journey to discover your Scottish Ancestors and maybe even crack a brick wall or two!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Two Added Tours Are Filling Up Quickly!

Although this year's tour is still six weeks away, the two additional tours which have been added are filling up quickly.

The first tour takes place December 1 - 10 2014 and the second runs from April 19-28, 2015. This second tour includes the Scottish Association of Family History Societies Conference in Stirling.

Don't miss out on the chance to visit your ancestral homeland, to gain access to records not available online and to walk in the footsteps of your ancestors.

Book NOW at: https://www.genealogytoursofscotland.ca/

Fairfax Genealogical Society's Spring Conference - March 28-29

If you are in the Fairfax Virginia area next weekend, you may wish to take in the Spring Conference of the Fairfax Genealogical Society. The conference starts of Friday and runs all day Saturday with a full slate of very interesting talks and some very well-known speakers.  


If you are there, please find me and come up and say hello.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Speakers announced for British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa Conference


OTTAWA, 8 March 2014 — The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) has announced the speakers for the annual conference, to be held 19-21 September, at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa.
For its 20th anniversary year, the society will celebrate with an ambitious program which will help family historians delve into their British Isles roots.
The society expects to welcome more than 250 attendees at the event, which has three special themes:
·         English family history;
·         Immigration from the British Isles, including Home Children; and
·         Genetic genealogy.
“Our nation’s capital is also its family history capital.  Every year we have welcomed folks from far and near, researching their ancestors in collections at Library and Archives Canada and learning about resources for discovering their British and Irish roots at our conference ” said BIFHSGO President Glenn Wright.
This year’s conference speakers will include:
Dr. Lucille Campey - emigration historian, author of numerous books on British Isles emigration to Canada who will launch her latest book Ignored but not forgotten - Canada's English Immigrants at the conference.
Gail Dever - BIFHSGO webmaster, social media expert and blogger at Genealogy à la carte
John Dickenson - a former professor at Liverpool University who now researches Canada’s Home Children, especially their involvement in the First World War.
Dr.  Janet Few - freelance researcher and prize-winning author specializing in the south-west of England who will give a streamed-in presentation on North Devon immigrants to Canada.
Paul Jones - retired publisher, “Roots” columnist for Canada’s History magazine who speaks frequently on offbeat topics at family history events.
Debbie Kennett - an avid genetic genealogist, author of DNA and Social Networking (2011) and The Surnames Handbook (2012). Debbie is Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London.
Paul Milner - an internationally recognized speaker specializing in British Isles research, author of Discover English Parish Records and Genealogy at a Glance: English Research.
Gary Schroder - long-time President of the Quebec Family History Society and a frequent guest on Quebec radio and television promoting family history research.
In addition, speakers at pre-conference seminars on September 19 will include, from Library and Archives Canada, Paul Marsden and Sylvie Tremblay.
BIFHSGO looks forward to welcoming you at its 20th anniversary conference.  Reserve 19-21 September in your agenda now and look for more details coming soon on the society website at www.bifhsgo.ca.





Thursday, 6 March 2014

Upcoming Talks and Workshops on Scottish Genealogy Research

Conference season is in full swing. There are a number of workshops and lectures on Scottish genealogy on offer. Here are the ones coming up in the next 3 months:

 March 29th: Fairfax Genealogical Society
                   Fairfax Virginia
                   Basic Scottish Research, Lesser Known Databases for Scottish Genealogy                         Research, Tracking Your Scots Emigrant Ancestor, Preparing for a                                     Genealogy Research Trip to Scotland 

April 14th: Toronto Branch OGS

                   North York Public Library
                   Full Day Workshop: Scotland & It's People

May 1- 4 OGS Conference
                Niagara College
                Sponsored by the Niagara Branch, this weekend of workshops includes    several talks by Chris Paton


May 24th: Windsor Museum
                 Tracking Your Scottish Emigrant Ancestor