Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Genetic Genealogy

For those who attended my talk at Cloverdale Library in Surrey, BC on Genetic Genealogy, I'll post an an on-line version of the handout here on Tuesday.

Genetic Genealogy  - Cloverdale January, 23, 2016 
P.S. Your password is Cloverdale

If you have any questions, do e-mail me. 

And when you can, watch some of the Finding Your Roots TV series with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 

Watch here for links next month to any new on-line free DNA sessions. I'm sure there will be some available from the exciting RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City. .

Monday, October 19, 2015

Where Are the Women in Your Family? Follow up session and handouts

For those who were in my session on researching women at the Finding Your Roots Seminar on Saturday, October 17, 2015 in Surrey, BC, welcome.

Here is the Western Canada Female Research resource list to download or print (.pdf) and a bonus - my own Female Research Flow Chart (printable or download the .pdf) meant to start you off in developing a timeline and specific ideas for researching an individual woman. (If you need these in a different file format, or you need another copy of either of the two handouts at the talk, just drop me a line.)

Remember, I'll be giving a follow up session at the BC Genealogical Society Library on Saturday, November 7th, 2015 beginning at 1:30 pm.

The BCGS Walter Draycott Library is located at 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC.
Hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 10-3 except holidays - and if it snows, the Library is closed.

Happy researching!

. Diana McNabb and Alexander McNabb, married 7 January, 1870
 in Victoria County, Ontario, Canada.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

FMS Descendant Family Trees - A New Kind of Family Tree Chart

Recently at a British Columbia Genealogical Society meeting, I had a chance to see some striking family tree charts, FMS Descendant Family Trees, produced locally in British Columbia's Lower Mainland by FMS Creative.

Susan Sullivan, the originator, is very enthusiastic about her own genealogy research and keen to share her design skills. She and her team developed the idea and launched the tree chart service in May this year.

 GOTT Family Chart, courtesy of Susan Sullivan, FMS Creative.

The GOTT family tree shown here is one example. there are a number of others on the FMS Creative website and on the FMS Creative Facebook page. The easiest and cheapest way to have one done is to send in a GEDCOM file, or next, to send in a Word or Excel file, but the company is working on future templates which will make it possible for those not using genealogy programmes to enter their family names easily on-line.

I was quite taken with these charts and think one would make a unique present for a family anniversary or other special occasion, especially for those non-gens. Susan says every one of these trees is different, all depending on the size and scope of the family information. And FMS Creative offers other genealogy related services too, including photo restoration.

Saturday, May 30, 2015


Some in the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada (UELAC) DNA session, 29 May 2015, were interested in learning more about using DNA in adoption research.

Here are the additional links I suggested. These will be helpful to anyone interested in using DNA for genealogy.

First, check the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) website and wiki.  This is the link to the ISOGG wiki section on DNA Testing for Adoptees: http://www.isogg.org/wiki/Adoption

I recommended Richard Hill's website DNA Testing Advisor:  http://www.dna-testing-adviser.com and his books, available through his site, Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA, 2012,  and Guide to DNA Testing: How to Identify Ancestors, Confirm Relationships, and Measure Ethnic Ancestry through DNA Testing, updated 2014.

 And I recommended the DNA Adoption website. Great information on specific topics for DNA and adoption questions, but also for the many analytic tools now available. DNA Adoption sponsors on-line classes too: http://www.dnaadoption.com

I wish you many DNA discoveries! 

Monday, May 04, 2015

Kamloops Family History Society Seminar 2015 - A Great Success!

Family History - Past to Present, the Kamloops Family History Society's 2015 Seminar held this weekend was a great success. Attendees and presenters all enjoyed themselves.

The Keynote Speaker was Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi's List, and the other speakers were Claudia Breland, Lyn Meeham and myself. 

The Society, especially the conference committee, deserve warm thanks for all the thought and hard work that went into the conference.

If you live near Kamloops and are not already a member of the KFHS I certainly suggest you join. This is a very friendly group. I certainly hope to see them again soon. 

For those in my Deadline! Researching Newspapers for Family Historians talk, here are the links I promised you. Happy newspaper reading! I'd love to hear what you find. 

Newspaper Collection, Library and Archives Canada. Geographical microfilm list; geographical list of published indexes (not complete but useful as a starting point), : http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/newspapers/newspaper-collection/Pages/newspapers-collection.aspx 

And Library and Archives Canada has some "Special Editions of Canadian Newspapers" on-line. (An archived exhibit): http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/canadian-newspapers/index-e.html

British Columbia digitized newspapers & indexes, British Columbia Genealogical Society: http://www.bcgs.ca/?page_id=541  The lastest digitized papers added are for Kamloops, BC! 

Wikipedia – List of worldwide online newspaper archives - worldwide: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_online_newspaper_archives

For those in my Genetic Genealogy talk, here are the additional links I promised.


Genetic Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond by Emily D. Aulicino

DNA for Genealogists by Kerry Farmer

And be sure to check your names to see if anyone is doing a study of those families already. They may have a DNA project or be intending to start one.

Guild of One-Name Studies: http://one-name.org/

The Surname Society: http://surname-society.org/

Any other info you'd like? Just e-mail me. I'll do my best to help. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

An Introduction to Family History for Canadian Finns - March 2015

On Sunday last, many of us met at the Scandinavian Centre in Burnaby, BC for An Introduction to Family History for Canadian Finns, sponsored by Vancouver's Canadian Friends of Finland. A very pleasant afternoon indeed. Thank you to the Friends for organizing this event and for inviting me to participate.

Here is a .pdf version of my same handout on North American Immigration and Census. This includes starting links for your research. If you have a specific question or would like further information, please contact me.

The Scandinavian Genealogy Group, sponsored by the Scandinavian Cultural Society and the British Columbia Genealogical Society, meets in Burnaby at the Scandinavian Centre, 6540 Thomas St
 Burn­aby, BC V5B 4P9, most months. Our next meetings will be Saturday, April 18 and 16 May, 2015. All interested in researching their Scandinavian roots are welcome. These are informal sessions where experienced members will help where needed with on-line and off-line research. See our Scandinavian Genealogy Group's webpage on the British Columbia Genealogical Society website for information and research links.

Watch for our Group at Midsummer in Burnaby at the Scandinavian Centre, June 20-21, 2015 in the Icelandic Room. We will be there with displays and resources And members will help you to get started with your family history research or give you ideas on getting over a brickwall.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Ten (10) Rules for a Productive Genealogy Week

 "10 acres - Olivet Cherry spraying outfit, Kelowna, B.C." 1900-1910. Photographer, John Woodruff (1859-1914). Credit: Canada. Dept. of Mines and Resources / Library and Archives Canada / PA-020982. John Woodruff apparently took many photography trips for the Canadian government. If anyone has more information about him, please contact me.1

 My computer found this list which it says I wrote 2 years ago. Post-New Year's resolution blues maybe?

This started out, I think, as a list of only 5 because that was the title. This is in fun, of course. (But a couple of these really do work, especially #8. And I know I need to take #7 to heart.)

1. Don't get yourself into any dull routines, like usually getting started on your biggest (or worst) project first thing in the morning. Life is just too crazy to plan.

2. Forget about putting away all that stuff in piles on your desk. These things are all important; you'll need them soon and it's easier for you to remember how far down the pile they are than which shelf or file they belong in.

3. Check your e-mail, Facebook and Twitter accounts constantly. You never know when something (or someone!) exciting might pop up.

4. Try not to even think beyond today's deadlines – one day's work is more than enough to worry about.

5. When you think of a new project, get started on it right away! Don't wait to finish all those others half-done.

6. Never make a list with more than one day's to-dos. It just looks 'too busy' to see all your work laid out neatly with daily/weekly tasks, objectives and goals.

7. Taking a stretch or snack break interrupts your work; don't do it. And don't take a day off with friends either. After all, they'll always be there when you do really need them.

8. Read a novel every chance you get. You'll always find a good quote or idea.

9. Don't ask for advice or look for help for a task or project. You can figure it out faster all on your own – right?

10. Remember 'life is just a bowl of cherries'. Oops, I don't really like cherries much, but eating Prunus avium or Prunus cerasus is much better than contemplating a 'chair of bowlies', especially in a pie.


    "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries",Jack Hylton, 1931: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x4U1NiJ7PI
    Life is just a bowl of cherries: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_Is_Just_a_Bowl_of_Cherries
    A Tale Of Pits and Stems in Paradise (and a recipe), Green Bin: http://meandmygreenbin.blogspot.ca/2012/07/cherries.html


    1 "Commissioned Photography" by Jim Burant, Library and Archives Canada (LAC), in Moving Here, Staying Here, on-line    exhibit.