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Friday, 28 August 2015

BIFHSGO CONFERENCE 2015

The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa is hosting its 21st annual conference Sept 18-20 at Ben Franklin Place in Ottawa. The focus of this year's conference is Scottish research. Other prominent topics are Technology and Genealogy and Photographs and Genealogy. 

Friday sees pre-conference seminars.


AM SEMINARS (9:00 - 12:00):


PHOTO DETECTING 101

MAUREEN TAYLOR                              
                                                              
Learn to help identify family photographs using ten easy steps, like researching photographers, dating costume clues and comparing facial characteristics. Topics include: 
  • · What Photographs Can Tell You about Your Family
  • · Exploring wrong information in the family album
  • · Family relationships
  • · What was important to your ancestors
  • · Identifying the Images
  • · Basic photographic history for genealogists
  • · How to find out when a photographer was in business
  • · What clothing has to say
  • Techniques to Date and Interpret Your Family Photographs

SEARCH YOUR ROOTS; DISCOVER YOUR HERITAGE
CHRISTINE WOODCOCK
                                                            
While many people want to know more about their Scottish heritage, they often don’t know where to begin. Knowing where to look is usually where we falter. Fortunately, researching our Scottish ancestors is a fairly easy task. This seminar will get you started with researching your Scottish ancestry and will help you make the most of your research. Topics include:

  • · Starting your search
  • · The ScotlandsPeople website
  • · Scottish naming pattern
  • · Scottish marriages
  • · Catholic parish records on Scotlands-People
  • · Scottish Family History Societies
  • · Scottish clans
  • · Connecting with others.


FRIDAY PM SEMINARS (1:30 - 4:30)

USING MICROSOFT OFFICE TOOLS to CREATE &
PRESENT A TIMELINE OF YOUR FAMILY STORY
BRIAN GLENN

During this hands-on workshop you will use some of your own family history to create a visual timeline of two or more families. The timeline can be used to show overlapping events of the families, highlight critical areas of missing information and set the families’ personal events in relation to local and/or world history.

You will become familiar with the basic elements of Excel and PowerPoint and in
particular the mechanics of displaying information in an organized manner. Hopefully, creating the timeline will also uncover some previously unknown or not obvious element in your family story. Some registrants will have the opportunity to present their Excel timeline spreadsheet or PowerPoint slide show to the other participants.

Requirements: Bring a fully-charged laptop and power cord with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint (or very close equivalent) with you. You will also need to bring information on two or three families in your family tree covering the same 50- or 100-year span over one or more countries. Information can include, but not be limited to birth, baptism, marriage, death, immigration, war service, occupation(s) and census records. Digital images of as many supporting documents as possible and digital photographs of the family members will also be important.

DINNAE WASTE YER CREDITS, THEN
NAVIGATING THE SCOTLANDSPEOPLE WEBSITE
CHRISTINE WOODCOCK

ScotlandsPeople is the website that provides you with actual images of the statutory records for Scottish research. This is a pay-per-view site using credits. If you don't know how to use the website effectively, you can waste a lot of credits, spend a lot of money and endure a lot of frustration. In this seminar, you will learn how to get the most success out of your ScotlandsPeople searches. Topics include: how the credit system works, how to narrow down your search, which records are the most relevant, where to find past search results, how to trace female ancestors, where to get help, and what to do when you can't read the documents.

Speakers for the main program of the conference include:

Thomas McEntee
Chris Paton
Maureen Taylor
Christine Woodcock
Janet Few
Sher Leetooze
Shirley-Ann Pyefinch
Gloria Tubman
Gail Dever
Dena Palamedes



  

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