FamilyRoots 2018 DNA Conference 2018

Beyond Ethnicity: Finding Family with DNA

  • Date: Monday and Tuesday, October 1-2, 2018
  • Location: River Park Church and Fort Calgary
  • Program and Registration, go to: FamilyRoots2018
Jan 20 2018

Is it time to write down those stories? Join our next Writing Workshop!

Join the AFHS Life & Family History Writing Workshop this winter. This small group will provide ideas on how to write down your family stories.     Previous participants have found these workshops to be not only fun, but also a great motivator to get those stories on paper!

Next group runs at the AFHS Library for 10 Tuesdays, February 13 – April 17 at 1:00 – 3:15 pm. Cost is $170 (members) or $200 (non-members).

To register email

Jan 17 2018

Saskatchewan Conference in April

Your Family History: Finding and Assembling the Pieces


The Saskatoon Branch is hosting the SGS 2018 conference April 20-22, 2018 at the Park Town Hotel in Saskatoon. Pre-conference tours will be offered on Friday April 20 with the conference running from 7:00 PM Friday to 12:00 Noon Sunday.  Within that short time, there will be five plenary sessions, five small group sessions (with 3-4 choices at each time), and the SGS AGM.   Of course, in addition to attending exciting sessions, participants will be able to visit various displays and vendors, win all types of prizes, and network with colleagues and friends – and maybe even find a few new ‘cousins’!  It will be a busy and worthwhile weekend for genealogists of all levels of experience and with many different family history ‘puzzles’ to put together!

Dates: April 20, 21 and 22; 2018

Place: Park Town Hotel in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Website: Saskatchewan Genealogical Society SGS 2018 conference.


Jan 12 2018

Ontario Genealogy Summer Camp in June

Explore your Ontario roots in June!

The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is pleased to present a unique summer experience for family historians with research interests in Ontario.

Genealogy Summer Camp is an innovative five-day program that has been coordinated by Branch member Jane E. MacNamara for more than 20 years. Registration is now open for the 2018 Summer Camp, which will run from June 4 to 8, 2018.

Campers will visit the Archives of Ontario, City of Toronto Archives, Toronto Reference Library, and their choices of the four denominational archives in Toronto. Each day will include a tour or tutorial, and plenty of time for family history research, under the guidance of local experts. This program is designed mainly for out-of-towners, but we also welcome Toronto-area researchers. It’s a great way to get acquainted (or reacquainted) with the wonderful genealogy resources and repositories in Ontario’s largest city. We’ll help you spend more time finding information, and less time finding the archives! 

And there’s a bonus! The 2018 Summer Camp will take place right after the annual Ontario Genealogical Society Conference in nearby Guelph. If you’re already planning to attend the OGS Conference, why not extend your stay and enjoy an extra week of concentrated research in Ontario records.  Summer Camp registrants get a special discount on OGS Conference rates!

 Spaces in Genealogy Summer Camp are limited. For more information and the online application, please visit

Gwyneth Pearce

Publicity – Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society

Jan 12 2018

Kelowna Conference in September

“Harvest Your Family Tree” Conference

SAVE THE DATE!! Friday, Sept. 28 – Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, Kelowna, BC

The Kelowna & District Genealogical Society announces:

“Harvest Your Family Tree” Conference 2018

Exciting Speakers, Genealogical Marketplace, One-on-One Consultations,

Friday Reception, Lots of Great Door prizes, Raffles, Lots of Fun & Lots of Information

Stay tuned for more information coming in early 2018!

Get the scoop on all the conference news by joining our conference mailing list.



Jan 02 2018

Chinook News & Call for Articles

Winter Chinook Cancelled

Due to a number of factors, the winter issue of Chinook will not be issued. The next Chinook will be published in the spring (April) with the theme of Education in a New Land . Below is a request articles:

School children with teacher in front of school in Ontario about 1900.

For most of us, education in Canada appears to have always been as it is now: children go to school at a certain age, they progress through a graded system, they are taught by qualified teachers, they are given instruction in a variety of subjects, and eventually they graduate with a diploma, certificate or degree. This, however, has not always been true. Education in this new country was full of fits and starts, controversy and conflict. Differences occurred at almost all levels from the family, the differing religious and immigrant affiliations, right up through to the governing bodies of the day. If you have a story that will expand Chinook reader’s minds, please send it our way!



New Chinook Editor Required

In October, I announced that I will be stepping down from my role as Chinook Editor on June 30, 2018. I have enjoyed this role a great deal, but feel it is time to let someone else have the opportunity to contribute to the legacy of this outstanding publication. I will still be around to help the new editor by continuing to do the layout and design. (This will greatly cut down the time commitment for this position). If you are interested, please come and talk to me at our next general meeting on January 8th, or email me at