Sep 30 2019

Workshop

Family Genes Workshop

Would you like to have your own website to store your family tree safely? Family Genes can do that for you. Family Genes is an AFHS project for the preservation of members’ family tree studies. Using a web-based application, known as TNG, our members can upload, display and archive their family information. Whether you are just beginning or struggling to figure out how to use Family Genes, this workshop will help you.

 

DATE:   Saturday, November 30, 2019

TIME:   9:00 a.m. to noon

COST:   $15 (coffee and tea provided)

NOTE:  The workshops are reserved for members of the Society

PLACE:  Alberta Family Histories Society Library

712 – 16 Avenue NW

Calgary, Alberta

Space is limited!

Limited parking available behind the library.  Note: The parking lot adjacent to the library is reserved for patrons of the next-door restaurant.


This is a hands-on workshop. Please bring your research and laptop or other device with you. (The AFHS library has a limited number of computers for use.) Jim Benedict and Don Duncan will introduce you to the Family Genes website, then participants will have an opportunity to learn how to enter their own information. Volunteers will be available to help you!

For those who do not have their own TNG application, you can still join in and learn about the features of this website version of your family tree.  If you decide you want to start using TNG, the software subscription licence can be purchased at the meeting.  The Society is permitted to sell you the one-time licence fee of $40.00.

Payment can be made by cash, cheque, credit or debit card at the workshop.

 

Contact events@afhs.ab.ca to register.

 

 

Following the Trail

Are you getting every bit of information from documents you find? Do you know where to look next? The research cycle includes finding a record with your ancestor on it, fully analyzing that record, and deciding where to search next. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn techniques to gather all the information from a document and tips on where to look for the next record.

DATE:   February 29, 2020

TIME:   10:00 a.m. to Noon

COST:   $15 (coffee and tea provided)

PLACE:  Alberta Family Histories Society Library

712 – 16 Avenue NW

Calgary, Alberta

 

Space is limited!

 

This is a hands-on workshop. Please bring your research and laptop or other device with you. (The AFHS library has a limited number of computers for use.) Tara Shymanski will begin with an informative talk. Participants will then have the opportunity to put their new knowledge to work with help from volunteers.

 

Payment can be made by cash or cheque at the workshop.

 

Contact events@afhs.ab.ca to register.

Sep 28 2019

We’re Looking for Your Stories

Amber Godfrey, our Chinook Arch editor, is looking for stories for upcoming issues. Each month, we have reserved one page for members to share their tales, so please contact Amber if you would like to contribute. Submissions should be about 400 words plus one photograph. The upcoming themes are War and Peace (November) and Holiday Gatherings (December).  Amber can be contacted at chinookarch@afhs.ab.ca

Sep 27 2019

Mayflower 400 Commemorations

Mayflower 400 Commemorations

(Aug 29, 2020 Plymouth, England)

In September 1620, the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, England with over 102 passengers and crew, 37 of the passengers were from the Separatist Leiden congregation (later known as the Pilgrims).  Check the names and places of origin of the passengers here:

https://www.mayflower400uk.org/education/mayflower-passengers-list-an-interactive-guide

Who did they leave behind? Are there any descendants of the Mayflower’s passengers that stayed in England or Leiden? If so, Maureen Selley, Secretary of the Devon FHS: secretary@devonfhs.org.uk (coordinator of “The families they left behind” project) would love to hear from you.

As part of the Mayflower 400 Commemorations, the Devon Family History Society is hosting a Mayflower International Genealogical Conference in Plymouth on Aug 29, 2020 and events are also taking place in: Gainsborough, Boston, Immingham, Southwark, Rotherhithe, Southampton, Dartmouth and Plymouth. See https://www.mayflower400uk.org/ for details.

Sep 21 2019

Events

We’re Celebrating 40 Years at Family Roots 2020!

Follow Your Ancestors’ Footsteps

October 3 – 4, 2020 in Calgary, Alberta

Holiday Inn South, 8360 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary, Alberta

You won’t want to miss this two-day conference geared to help you Follow Your Ancestors’ Footsteps!

Learn how to search for the records of the past. Discover how modern-day DNA can reveal family connections. Presentations will be available for beginners to advanced family historians.

Go to the official Family Roots 2020 web page for the most recent information.

Contact familyroots@afhs.ab.ca for additional information.

Sep 21 2019

Family Roots 2020 – Call for Speakers

Family Roots 2020

Follow Your Ancestors’ Footsteps

October 3-4, 2020 in Calgary, Alberta

Holiday Inn South, 8360 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary, Alberta

Contact: familyroots@afhs.ab.ca 

Deadline: January 7, 2020

 

 

Alberta Family Histories Society is celebrating 40 years of assisting genealogists. To celebrate, we are holding a FamilyRoots genealogy conference on October 3 and 4, 2020 in Calgary, Alberta. The theme of the conference is Follow Your Ancestors’ Footsteps.

AFHS is seeking speakers for this event. We are looking for beginner, intermediate and advanced topics. All topics are welcome, but subjects of interest are:

  • How to conduct Metis research
  • How to research Eastern European genealogy
  • Other country specific research, such as Ireland and England
  • How to use DNA in your research

Speakers will receive an honorarium along with appropriate expenses and complimentary conference registration. Please submit your expression of interest to the contact email. Include:

  • Your full name
  • Contact details including mailing address, telephone number, email address and website (if applicable)
  • Biographical information (no more than 150 words) and recent speaking engagements
  • For each submission include proposed title, a paragraph describing the content of the session (no more than 250 words), intended audience (beginner, intermediate, or advanced) and specific A/V requirements.

Multiple proposals are encouraged.

Please contact familyroots@afhs.ab.ca if you have questions or to submit proposals.