Genealogy Gifts and Games

Genealogy Gifts and Games

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by Janice Nickerson

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Genealogy Gifts and Games


Family historians love to share their research with their relatives, but what if your family doesn't read the book you spent years writing? You don't want all that effort to go to waste, do you? Over the last dozen years or so, I've developed lots of sneaky ways to make gifts and games out of my research. I've introduced a new game at each family gathering, getting everyone from my then five-year-old nephew to my 80-year-old father involved, and given dozens of family history gifts that actually got noticed! This presentation will demonstrate, with show-and-tell examples, a variety of ideas ranging from quick and easy 'teasers' to complex projects that really showcase your findings.


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Presenter: Janice Nickerson

Janice Nickerson is a professional genealogist with over 35 years of genealogical research experience. She got an early start in the field when she became an avid family historian as a teenager. Her ancestral connections to Prince Edward County and the Hudson's Bay fur trade inspired the topics of her academic theses, Women and Property in a Nineteenth Century Ontario County and Ethnic Identity Among the Nineteenth Century Descendants of Hudson's Bay Company Fur Traders. Her expertise includes Upper Canadian history, criminal justice records, turning bare bones genealogies into full-fledged family histories, and finding fun ways to share family history finds. In addition to helping her private clients discover the richness of their ancestral heritage, Janice does heir searching for provincial Public Trustees, writes and lectures on a variety of genealogical topics. Janice also did much of the genealogical research “behind the scenes” for the CBC’s television series, Who Do You Think You Are?, which aired from October 2007 to February 2008 and APTN's television series, All Our Relations, airing Fall 2013. Another notable research project involved working with the City of Toronto Museum Services to create a Book of Remembrance to commemorate the York militia men (and their families) who died in the War of 1812. Her books, Crime and Punishment in Upper Canada: A Researcher’s Guide (2010), and York’s Sacrifice: Militia Casualties of the War of 1812 (2012) were published by the joint imprint of the Ontario Genealogical Society and Dundurn Press. Janice is a proud 8th-generation Canadian, with English, German, Irish, Welsh and Aboriginal ancestry.

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