Jun 28 2018

Historic Calgary Week – Aug. 4

Historic  Calgary Week: Ancestor Hunter

Do your genealogy like a seasoned researcher with the help of this hands-on workshop, suitable for beginners.  Participants should bring the name of one ancestor, and laptop if you have one.  Chromebooks will be provided for those who require one.

When: Saturday, August 4, 2018

Where: downtown Calgary Public Library

Note: it is already full, but people can register to be put on the wait list.

Register: Ancestor Hunt

Jun 09 2018

Kelowna Conference in September

“Harvest Your Family Tree”

Kelowna, BC on September 28 to 30, 2018

The Kelowna and District Genealogical Society is hosting a three day conference in their city.  Per their website:

“One of Western Canada’s largest conferences, featuring three days of Learning & Discovery, opportunities for one-on-one Networking and Much More!  Presenting 11 acclaimed speakers from Australia, USA and Canada with 31 topics to choose from.  Whether you are just beginning your family history journey or are a seasoned researcher, this Conference will motivate and inspire you.  Our Marketplace will be bursting with information and the products you need to take your genealogical pursuits to the next level, including Ancestry.  Add to this, the KDGS Family & Local History Research Centre’s Open House, Meet the Speakers Reception, Guided Historic Cemetery Walking Tour and bushels of fabulous Door Prizes and Raffles all set in Kelowna during Apple & Grape Harvest Season… making THIS an event not to be missed!”

The list of speakers include:

  • Lesley Anderson, Ancestry’s Canadian Spokesperson (Ottawa, ON)
  • Blaine Bettinger, DNA Expert, Author and Blogger at The Genetic Genealogist (Syracuse, NY)
  • Geoff Doherty, Genealogical Educator and President of the Genealogical Society of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia)
  • Cyndi Ingle, Creator of Cyndi’s List, Genealogy Technology Specialist (Seattle, WA)
  • Louis Kessler, Genealogist and Software Developer, Creator of Double Match Triangulator (Winnipeg, MB)
  • Andrea Lister, Founder of Absolutely Literate, Genealogist and Communications Expert (Chilliwack, BC)
  • Dave Obee, One of Canada’s leading Genealogists, Founder of CanGenealogy.com and Author (Victoria, BC)
  • Mary Read, Genealogical Researcher, KDGS Newsletter Editor (Kelowna, BC)
  • Tara Shymanski, Genealogical Researcher and Educator, Blogger at Shymanski Genealogy Research (Calgary, AB)
  • Helen V. Smith, Genealogical Educator, Author, Blogger at Dragon Genealogy (Brisbane, Australia)
  • Xenia Stanford, Professional Genealogist, Award-winning Writer and Editor (Kelowna, BC)
  • Susanne Sulzberger, Archivist at Library & Archives Canada (Vancouver, BC)

Visit the conference website at  https://kdgswix.wixsite.com/kdgs for more details.



Jun 01 2018

Tremblay Reunion

AFHS has been asked to share the following about an upcoming Tremblay family reunion.

The Association of Tremblay of America was founded in 1978 and brings together all the descendants of Pierre Tremblay and Ozanne Achon, married on October 2nd, 1657 in Quebec City. They are one of the most prolific couple in North America. Their descendants can be found mostly in the Province of Quebec but also all over Canada and the United States, notably in Michigan and New England States.

Next August 11th and 12th, the Association will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a large gathering in Baie St-Paul, Charlevoix region, with many activities on the agenda. See http://www.genealogie.org/famille/tremblay/tremblay_a.htm for details.

May 30 2018

Upcoming meetings – June General Meeting and more!

Monday, June 4: The General Meeting on the 4th is going to be our volunteer appreciation meeting so there won’t be a speaker.  As you all also know, the most interesting family members are those we don’t always get to talk about.  Bring your story of your black sheep and we’ll have a vote on whose story is the most scandalous – you may even win a prize! See you at River Park Church at 7 p.m. For more information contact programs@afhs.ab.ca

Monday, June 11: The Ontario SIG will meet from 10 a.m. to noon at the AFHS Library. This will be the last meeting until the fall. We will have a report of the recent OGS Conference from Lorna. Bring your Burning Questions, and we will try to find answers. For more information contact ontariosig@afhs.ab.ca

Tuesday, June 12: The DNA SIG will meet at 7:00 p.m. at the AFHS Library. Email your DNA comments or questions to dnasig@afhs.ab.ca

Saturday, June 9: The Genealogy Computer Group will meet from 9:30 to noon at the AFHS Library. Similar to the last meeting, there will be discussion of individual problems and shared solutions. For more information contact computergroup@afhs.ab.ca

Saturday, June 16: The Family Tree Maker Users Group will be meeting at the AFHS Library from 10:00 a.m. to noon. (Please note the change of date from the usual first Saturday for this month only.) For information contact ftmsig@afhs.ab.ca

The June Celtic SIG meeting is CANCELLED. Please contact celticsig@afhs.ab.ca for information.

The following SIGs will not be meeting until September:

English/Welsh SIG: The next meeting will be September 15 at 10:00 am at the AFHS Library. Over the summer, questions on English or Welsh research may be directed to englishwelshsig@afhs.ab.ca

The Legacy Users Group will meet on Saturday, September 29 from 10:00 to 11:30 am at the AFHS Library. The topic will be Charting using Legacy and Charting Companion. For more information contact legacysig@afhs.ab.ca

May 30 2018

Register Now for Family Roots 2018

Beyond Ethnicity: Finding Family with DNA

October 1 and 2, 2018

Featuring Blaine Bettinger and Lesley Anderson

Blaine Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist, is coming to Calgary this fall! He is a well-known expert on DNA, and I am really looking forward to hearing him speak. I tested my DNA and contacted a few obvious matches but want to learn more. How do all the other matches fit into my family tree? How do I figure out how we are related? These lectures are sure to set me on the right path.

We will also have Lesley Anderson from Ancestry Canada as a guest speaker. She’ll explain the benefits of attaching your tree for DNA results and tell us a heart-warming story of an adopted woman who discovered her biological parents using DNA.

For more information and to register go to FamilyRoots 2018

Submitted by AFHS Events Chair, Tara Shymanski – events@afhs.ab.ca