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Spend the day with Dave Obee!

A Seminar on Genealogy in Canada


Dave Obee pictureDate: Saturday, April 5, 2014

Location: Sheraton Cavalier Hotel,
2620 – 32 Avenue NE, Calgary


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Dave Obee is an award-winning journalist, author, speaker and genealogical researcher. He has written a dozen books and given more than 400 presentations at conferences and seminars in Canada and the United States. He is Editor in Chief of the Times Colonist in Victoria BC and writes for several genealogical publications. Dave's website may be found at www.daveobee.com.







Destination Canada - More than seven million people arrived in Canada from Europe, the United States and Asia between 1815 and 1930. This session covers a wide variety of sources that deal with immigration to Canada, including ship passenger lists, border crossing records, and naturalization and citizenship documents. Many of these sources have been indexed and placed online.


Canadian Genealogy on the Internet - Canada has hundreds of websites of prime value to genealogists, but it is important to know which ones will give the most value for the time you invest. Which sites to use? That will depend on which of the 10 provinces and three territories your family called home. Several sources should be checked by everyone, but some of the best finds will be in the regional or local websites. This session will quickly guide you to the top sites.


Mining the Canadian Census - Canadian census records are a tremendous source of genealogical information. They provide snapshots of the population every five or ten years and make it easier to sort out family units and relationships. To be most effective, a genealogist needs to understand the scope and limitations of the census, and to know which supporting documents will enhance the information found in the returns. Some of the limitations of the census may surprise you.


Canadians in the First World War - The First World War touched virtually every Canadian. Between 1914 and 1918, 240,000 men were killed or wounded -- from a country with a population of just eight million. Today, researchers can learn about Canada's soldiers, including facts about their families and where they served. It makes sense to also look for context - what happened to those who survived the war, and to the family members who waited at home for news.


Program timetable



* Talks include a 45 minute presentation plus 15 minutes at the end for questions from the audience.


Lunch options


There will be no organized lunch at the seminar. The Sheraton Cavalier Hotel has a number of restaurants where lunch may be purchased. There are also several eating establishments within easy walking distance for every budget.


Hotel accomodation


Hotel arrangements – a block of rooms has been reserved for seminar participants. To reserve a room, contact the Sheraton Cavalier directly at (403) 291-0107 or 1-800-325-3535. Attendees must mention the Alberta Family Histories Society when they call to get a preferred rate.


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Previous events

New Horizons in Genealogy, presented by Dick Eastman, Lyn Meehan, Thomas MacEntee and others. Topics included social media, organization and "Squeezing Records Until they Talk." October 16, 2010.


Forensic Genealogy, presented by Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., May 2010.
Dr. Fitzpatrick is widely renowned for her innovative forensic approach to genealogical research.


Christopher Watts, a series of lectures, May 2008. Mr. Watts is a lecturer and writer of numerous articles and books. He has been on staff at the National Archives of the UK since 1997.