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Family Roots 2022 – Making Connections conference

October 1, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm MDT

$35.00 – $75.00

Alberta Family Histories Society is excited to welcome you to Family Roots 2022 – Making Connections!

Because our conference includes a lunch, registrations for in-person attendance are now closed. Contact familyroots@afhs.ab.ca to find out if there are any last-minute registrations available.

After two long years of pandemic restrictions, we look forward to returning to an in-person conference. For those who cannot attend, we will also be offering digital recordings of the sessions.

When: Saturday, October 1, 2022

Where: Crossroads Community Association Hall, 1803 14 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta (View map here.)

Why attend:

  • An opportunity to find inspiration and learn new research skills
  • A time to connect with old friends and make new ones
  • A chance to win door prizes

Registration Fee of $65 ($75 for non-members) includes:

  • Four lectures
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Digital handouts
  • Access to digital recordings for one week following the conference

If you cannot attend in person, we offer the option to purchase access to the digital recordings for $35.

Squiggly Lines and Spit: How DNA is changing family history researchDave Obee

So you have spit into a tube — now what? Genetic genealogy is a natural progression from what family historians have been doing for years. Here are some genetic genealogy success stories, backed by documented research. These examples might give you ideas for different ways to research your own ancestry, or inspire you to do a DNA test. It includes a basic summary of research using DNA, and offers pointers on how to get more value from your tests.

The Geography of GenealogyDave Obee

It is impossible to do comprehensive genealogical research without an understanding of where your ancestors lived. There are several good reasons to use geographic tools in your research. They help you to determine where you are from. They will also help you to find records dealing with your family. Maps and atlases help genealogists sort out where their ancestors lived in relation to regional and national boundaries, churches, rail lines, and other factors that help determine which records hold most hope. Geographic tools will also give you a sense of what life was like for your ancestors. This talk provides a basic overview of what to look for, and how to use the information that you find. This talk is tailored for Canadian research.

Planning a Family History Trip, Brick Walls and All Jill Browne

Your genealogy research doesn’t have to be “done” for you to go on a family history trip. This is not about travelling to do research. It’s about planning a journey of exploration and reconnection for genealogists and their non-genie family and friends.

Preserving Your Photo LegacyKim Zjalic

When faced with hundreds of thousands of photos, how will our descendants know which ones are important to us? How will they discover our family stories? Kim Zjalic, a professional Photo Manager, shares five ways we can preserve our photo legacy and share our stories with future generations.

8:30 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 Welcome
9:15 – 10:15 Session 1: Preserving Your Photo Legacy
10:15 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:45 Session 2: Planning a Family History Trip, Brick Walls and All
11:45 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Session 3: Geography of Genealogy
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:15 Session 4: Squiggly Lines and Spit: How DNA is Changing Family History Research
3:15 Concluding remarks

We thank the businesses who are sponsoring our conference! If you would like to be a sponsor, please click here or contact familyroots@afhs.ab.ca

Dave Obee – Dave Obee has written a dozen books and has given more than 700 presentations at genealogy and history conferences since 1997. He offers four dozen presentation topics, ranging from general genealogical information, to Canadian research, to technology and more.

Jill Browne – Jill Browne is a writer, travel blogger, and professional genealogist from Calgary. She enjoys helping people connect with their family history through literally standing on the same ground as their ancestors did. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in the United Kingdom, and a long-time family historian, Jill is particularly interested in families in North America whose roots are in the British Isles. Jill’s recent genealogical work includes tracing missing heirs and doing some pro bono research for the descendants of British Home Children in Canada. You are welcome to contact Jill (jillcalgary@gmail.com) if you’d like help with your own genealogy, whether for family history travel planning or some other reason.

Kim Zjalic – Kim Zjalic is a certified Photo Manager and has been helping people share their family photos and stories for more than 15 years. She launched her business, Family Photo Solutions, 5 years ago and loves helping her clients spend more time making memories and less time worrying about them. When she’s not organizing other people’s photo collections she’s usually out in the mountains, trying to keep up with her teens.

We thank the following for door prizes for our conference!

  • MyHeritage – a one-year MyHeritage Complete account (valued at US $309). Please view this short video for information about MyHeritage: Let Me Show You How 
  • Your DNA Guide – an e-book copy of Your DNA Guide
  • Legacy Family Tree – one Legacy Family Tree 9.0 Deluxe Software and User’s Guide
  • Legacy Family Tree – a 1-year membership to Family Tree Webinars
  • Tim Hortons gift cards
  • Wildlife Distillery in Canmore – $150 gift package
  • Heritage Park – Family Day Pass
  • Starbucks gift cards
  • Isabella Doyle, Remax First
  • $50 gift certificate from Red Lobster

We would also like to thank P. Warner who designed our Family Roots logo free of charge.

Because our conference includes a lunch, registrations for in-person attendance are now closed. Contact familyroots@afhs.ab.ca to find out if there are any last-minute registrations available.

We have great speakers and are looking forward to meeting in person this year.

Cancellation Policy – For a full refund a request to cancel must be sent to  familyroots@afhs.ab.ca  prior to midnight, September 24, 2022. Refunds after this date will be at the discretion of the Family Roots committee.

Photography and Filming Disclaimer – Please note that photographs and footage may be taken at this Family Roots event. These may be used for marketing and publicity in our publications, on our website and on social media. Please contact familyroots@afhs.ab.ca if you have any concerns.


October 1, 2022
8:30 am - 3:30 pm MDT
$35.00 – $75.00
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Crossroads Community Association Hall
1803 14 Ave NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E 1G4 Canada
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