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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. Wikipedia.com

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 editor-chinook@afhs.ab.ca

Jan 02 2018

Event: Genealogy Basics Workshop

Genealogy Basics

What: A workshop for beginners or people wanting to improve their skills.  All participants should bring one ancestor they want to research and all information they have already covered.

When: Sunday, February 25, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.  Where: at the AFHS library.

Cost: AFHS members: no charge.  Non-members: $40.00.

Topics: Identifying what you and your family know about your ancestor.  Getting organized.  Setting research goals.  Finding records.  Evaluating what you find.

Organizer: Tara Shymanski.  Contact her at tshymanski@gmail.com for details and if you plan to attend.

Jan 02 2018

Join Our Winter 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 editor-chinook@afhs.ab.ca

Jan 01 2018

Event: Genealogy Summer Camp in Toronto


Monday June 4 to Friday June 8, 2018

This is a five-day, hands-on program for family historians with Ontario roots – mainly designed for out-of-towners. Campers will visit the Archives of Ontario, Toronto Reference Library, City of Toronto Archives and their choices of the four denominational archives in Ontario. It’s a great experience for anyone who wants a concentrated week on research in Ontario records. Most of the records at these repositories are NOT ONLINE. Local experts guide the campers at the repositories – so helpful!

Jane MacNamara leads this program. Accommodation is ‘basic’ and reasonable in residence at Massey College, University of Toronto, downtown.

Website information at: www.wherethestorytakesme.ca/genealogy-summer-camp/

  • information from Lorna Laughton
Jan 01 2018

Event: Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2018


Friday June 1 to Sunday June 3, 2018

There are so many great workshop and lecture topics – a few are: aboriginal family research, preparing your family tree for publication, Ireland, British Parish Chest, and DNA.

For costs, accommodation and more info: https://conference2018.ogs.on.ca

Presentation topics: https://conference2018.ogs.on.ca/2017/12/07/workshops-lectures-breakdown/

  • information from Lorna Laughton