Family-Histories-LogoAlberta Family Histories Society is proud to announce FamilyRoots2017 – Our Canada! Our Stories! September 23rd at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. This conference will be relevant to those who have been tracing their family history for decades or are just new to genealogy. Sessions will help participants learn how to organise information, track down their female relatives, delve into the treasures hiding in census records, harness the power of DNA to solve riddles, and ignite children or grandchildren’s interest in their family’s past.

Where Do Great Stories Come From?

Some of the best are found in our own families which is why genealogy is now the second most popular hobby after gardening. There are television shows that are watched by millions who are held captive as a family’s history unfolds in short one-hour episodes. For the novice genealogy sleuth who is inspired to research their family history, there are many options to choose from. But much like the popular renovation shows, they soon discover they are spending too much time figuring out how to use the tools, or they just can’t figure out which one they should use to break down the brick walls that are blocking their progress.

Here is just one story told by someone who got inspired to do a little nosing around the family tree:

“My mother told me her father had never spoken of how his wife had died – only that she had died young. I started searching and found a Canadian census which showed the family (who were from Scotland) in Calgary in 1906. (My mother was completely unaware that her father had ever lived in Calgary as she was raised in Scotland!) Her father was 8 years old at the time. After much digging, another document surfaced. This time it was a ship manifest. All the family’s names were on it, and after my great-grandmother’s name there was a notation – died at sea.

So at 84 years of age, my mother learned that her father had lost his mother when he was an 8-year-old child while sailing back to Scotland. When they arrived, his father placed him in the care of an aunt in Edinburgh and left for his job in London where he too died eight years later leaving him an orphan at 16 years old. One year later he signed up (underage) for WW1.

I will never forget the look in my mother’s eyes as she took in this news. Her father’s life and some of his troubles seemed to fall into place.”

The conference features well-known Canadian Genealogist Dave Obee and Ancestry’s Lesley Anderson, as well as other local speakers. Those interested in using DNA for genealogy won’t want to miss the Friday night banquet at Fort Calgary.


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