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A series of webinars specific for the Canadian genealogist. Classes include those related to finding your Canadian ancestor. Find other Canadian-specific webinars here.

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A 19th Century Ontario Enigma – A Case Study
This is a case study based on five years worth of research into the family of Lorenzo White of Pickering, Ontario. Janice will walk the audience step by step through a very difficult research project that ultimately revealed both a fascinating story and important lessons learned. Audience members will learn about a wide range of Ontario records and strategies for overcoming seemingly impossible research roadblocks.
This is a case study based on five years worth of research into the family of Lorenzo White of Pickering, Ontario. Janice will walk the audience step by step through a very difficult research project that ultimately revealed both a fascinating story and important lessons learned. Audience members will learn about a wide range of Ontario records and strategies for overcoming seemingly impossible research roadblocks.
Fri, June 17 2022: 18:00 UTC
1:17:35
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Expelled from Nova Scotia: Researching the Acadian Diaspora to the Colonies
In 1750 nearly 7000 Acadian settlers of Nova Scotia were summarily rounded up, boarded onto ships and sent southward to the American Colonies. The colonies to which they were sent had little or no warning of the refugees imminent arrival. This webinar reviews the unique political and social environments of each receiving colony, the fate of the Acadians once landed, and describes where the researcher can find clues about their ancestor in the records of each colony.
Ann Lawthers
In 1750 nearly 7000 Acadian settlers of Nova Scotia were summarily rounded up, boarded onto ships and sent southward to the American Colonies. The colonies to which they were sent had little or no warning of the refugees imminent arrival. This webinar reviews the unique political and social environments of each receiving colony, the fate of the Acadians once landed, and describes where the researcher can find clues about their ancestor in the records of each colony.
Fri, April 15 2022: 18:00 UTC
1:11:47
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Genealogical Gold in British Columbia
The land now known as British Columbia has been inhabited for many centuries, but most genealogical records started after the 1858 Gold Rush, which prompted many arrivals from California. Today, the province leads the rest of Canada in its commitment to making available a comprehensive collection of valuable resources. This session will enable researchers to make the most of those sources, and build a better understanding of your family’s connections to British Columbia.
The land now known as British Columbia has been inhabited for many centuries, but most genealogical records started after the 1858 Gold Rush, which prompted many arrivals from California. Today, the province leads the rest of Canada in its commitment to making available a comprehensive collection of valuable resources. This session will enable researchers to make the most of those sources, and build a better understanding of your family’s connections to British Columbia.
Fri, February 18 2022: 19:00 UTC
1:31:27
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Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website
Learn how to effectively use the research tools, indexes and catalogs on this large website to find your ancestors and to put them into their correct historical context.
Learn how to effectively use the research tools, indexes and catalogs on this large website to find your ancestors and to put them into their correct historical context.
Fri, December 17 2021: 19:00 UTC
1:22:47
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Finding Your Scottish Ancestors in Canada
Scots began coming to Canada in the mid 1600s, first as entrepreneurs – men on the make, and then as a means to an end – ways to enjoy a better life and to have the opportunity to own their own land. Others were sent to Canada in hopes of…
Scots began coming to Canada in the mid 1600s, first as entrepreneurs – men on the make, and then as a means to an end – ways to enjoy a better life and to have the opportunity to own their own land. Others were sent to Canada in hopes of…
Fri, November 19 2021: 19:00 UTC
1:23:25
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My ancestors were Irish – or were they?
The webinar examines the history and origins of Irish surnames – native Irish, Scottish, English, Welsh, Huguenot, Viking, Gallowglass and Jewish. If you don’t know where in Ireland your ancestors originated, we’ll include tips to help you to narrow down the location. First names often followed a traditional naming pattern…
The webinar examines the history and origins of Irish surnames – native Irish, Scottish, English, Welsh, Huguenot, Viking, Gallowglass and Jewish. If you don’t know where in Ireland your ancestors originated, we’ll include tips to help you to narrow down the location. First names often followed a traditional naming pattern…
Fri, October 15 2021: 18:00 UTC
1:16:15
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A Toboggan Ride Through Canadian Records, eh!
This session will start with websites that are for all of Canada and then go from East to West on where to find records and resources in each province and territory.
This session will start with websites that are for all of Canada and then go from East to West on where to find records and resources in each province and territory.
Fri, September 17 2021: 18:00 UTC
1:30:59
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Early Ontario Research
So you have traced your family's history back to an ancestor who lived in Ontario (or its predecessors, Canada West and Upper Canada) before civil registration. Now what? This lecture provides an overview of the six key record groups for pre-civil registration research (before 1869), what information you can expect…
So you have traced your family's history back to an ancestor who lived in Ontario (or its predecessors, Canada West and Upper Canada) before civil registration. Now what? This lecture provides an overview of the six key record groups for pre-civil registration research (before 1869), what information you can expect…
Fri, August 20 2021: 0:00 UTC
1:23:14
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Using Irish newspapers and other printed material
Newspapers are a great source of information about our ancestors, but how do we know what Irish newspapers are available and how can we access them? This webinar will include finding aids for newspapers to track down our Irish ancestors including the major repositories where they may be found. We'll…
Newspapers are a great source of information about our ancestors, but how do we know what Irish newspapers are available and how can we access them? This webinar will include finding aids for newspapers to track down our Irish ancestors including the major repositories where they may be found. We'll…
Fri, July 16 2021: 0:00 UTC
1:21:37
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Online Sources for Scottish Genealogy Research
There comes a time when you have done all of the online researching you can do using the standard databases. In this talk you will learn of databases that aren't as well known but that can assist in breaking through your brick walls.
There comes a time when you have done all of the online researching you can do using the standard databases. In this talk you will learn of databases that aren't as well known but that can assist in breaking through your brick walls.
Fri, June 18 2021: 18:00 UTC
1:01:02
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Researching Canadian Nurses, Pilots and Sailors in the First World War
Presentations about Canadians in the First World War usually focus on the Canadian Expeditionary Force, but what about the nurses, pilots, and sailors who served? Discover what was involved in serving with the Royal Naval Air Service, the Royal Canadian Navy or the Nursing Sisters in the Canadian Army Medical…
Presentations about Canadians in the First World War usually focus on the Canadian Expeditionary Force, but what about the nurses, pilots, and sailors who served? Discover what was involved in serving with the Royal Naval Air Service, the Royal Canadian Navy or the Nursing Sisters in the Canadian Army Medical…
Fri, May 21 2021: 18:00 UTC
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An African Canadian Family History Mystery
A question about a family lore leads a scientist to question his surname. “Is my surname really my surname or is the lore correct, that my 2nd great grandfather was adopted?” Solving a 220 year old mystery using DNA, turns this family upside down and introduces them to each other…
A question about a family lore leads a scientist to question his surname. “Is my surname really my surname or is the lore correct, that my 2nd great grandfather was adopted?” Solving a 220 year old mystery using DNA, turns this family upside down and introduces them to each other…
Fri, April 16 2021: 18:00 UTC

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Fri, August 19 2022: 18:00 UTC
Tracing Your Alberta Connections
Fri, August 19 2022: 18:00 UTC
Alberta is unique among the 10 Canadian provinces. It was the last of the three Prairie provinces to be opened to homesteading, which meant land in that province was available just as quality homesteading land dried up in the United States. That brought a rush from south of the border, and the American influence is still felt today. There has been another mass influx of people eager to work in the energy industry. Many of the key sources used in researching your ancestors or cousins in Alberta are also unique, so local knowledge is essential. This session identifies those sources for you, and will help you get results in your searches.
Alberta is unique among the 10 Canadian provinces. It was the last of the three Prairie provinces to be opened to homesteading, which meant land in that province was available just as quality homesteading land dried up in the United States. That brought a rush from south of the border, and the American influence is still felt today. There has been another mass influx of people eager to work in the energy industry. Many of the key sources used in researching your ancestors or cousins in Alberta are also unique, so local knowledge is essential. This session identifies those sources for you, and will help you get results in your searches.
Fri, August 19 2022: 18:00 UTC
Fri, October 21 2022: 18:00 UTC
Researching at the Archives of Ontario
Fri, October 21 2022: 18:00 UTC
The Archives of Ontario (AO) is the foremost repository for Ontario records. It houses all non-active provincial-level government records, many municipal-level government records, and reams of corporate, organizational and private papers. If you haven’t spent many hours at the AO, you haven’t thoroughly researched your Ontario ancestor. This class will introduce you to the AO’s MVRs (most valuable records), and show you how to use the website of the AO to identify relevant records, research historical background and find maps and images for your family history.
The Archives of Ontario (AO) is the foremost repository for Ontario records. It houses all non-active provincial-level government records, many municipal-level government records, and reams of corporate, organizational and private papers. If you haven’t spent many hours at the AO, you haven’t thoroughly researched your Ontario ancestor. This class will introduce you to the AO’s MVRs (most valuable records), and show you how to use the website of the AO to identify relevant records, research historical background and find maps and images for your family history.
Fri, October 21 2022: 18:00 UTC
Fri, December 16 2022: 19:00 UTC
How the West Was Won in Canada
Fri, December 16 2022: 19:00 UTC
The Canadian west was not won by cowboys and guns. The west was won by homesteaders, NWMP (RCMP), and railways. For a $10 registration fee and a lot of hard work a male farmer could have 160 acres of land. Farmers or want-to-be-farmers came from all over. We will use a couple of case studies, search for homestead records, review all the components to understand what the records indicate, convert the data to enter and locate it on Google Maps, and view what the area looks like today. Other records such as Hudson’s Bay Company and RCMP records will be shown.
The Canadian west was not won by cowboys and guns. The west was won by homesteaders, NWMP (RCMP), and railways. For a $10 registration fee and a lot of hard work a male farmer could have 160 acres of land. Farmers or want-to-be-farmers came from all over. We will use a couple of case studies, search for homestead records, review all the components to understand what the records indicate, convert the data to enter and locate it on Google Maps, and view what the area looks like today. Other records such as Hudson’s Bay Company and RCMP records will be shown.
Fri, December 16 2022: 19:00 UTC
Wed, August 17 2022: 0:00 UTC
Finding Fayette’s Father: Autosomal DNA Reveals Misattributed Parentage
Wed, August 17 2022: 0:00 UTC
Traditional documentation clearly identified Fayette’s father without conflict. However, the DNA results of Fayette’s descendants told a different story. Learn how DNA evidence combined with a trail of clues and the application of the Genealogical Proof Standard revealed a secret from the summer of 1913.
Traditional documentation clearly identified Fayette’s father without conflict. However, the DNA results of Fayette’s descendants told a different story. Learn how DNA evidence combined with a trail of clues and the application of the Genealogical Proof Standard revealed a secret from the summer of 1913.
Wed, August 17 2022: 0:00 UTC
Wed, August 17 2022: 18:00 UTC
FamilySearch.org – 5 More Links You Have to Try
Wed, August 17 2022: 18:00 UTC
FamilySearch.org is still a big website. Have you ever wondered if you could search multiple sections of the site at once? What about the best place to go to find hints to add people to the tree? What about experiences that don’t require an account? Come learn about 5 more links you have to try!
FamilySearch.org is still a big website. Have you ever wondered if you could search multiple sections of the site at once? What about the best place to go to find hints to add people to the tree? What about experiences that don’t require an account? Come learn about 5 more links you have to try!
Wed, August 17 2022: 18:00 UTC
Tue, August 23 2022: 18:00 UTC
Make your photos speak with DeepStory
Tue, August 23 2022: 18:00 UTC
Learn how to use MyHeritage to breathe new life into your old family photos animating the faces with Deep Nostalgia™ and making them speak with DeepStory.
Learn how to use MyHeritage to breathe new life into your old family photos animating the faces with Deep Nostalgia™ and making them speak with DeepStory.
Tue, August 23 2022: 18:00 UTC
Wed, August 24 2022: 18:00 UTC
Researching Oklahoma Roots
Wed, August 24 2022: 18:00 UTC
The 46th state has a much longer history and more available records than most people realize. You may have discovered a possible link to Oklahoma, a Choctaw word meaning “red people.” Or perhaps you want to search for an elusive ancestor who may have hidden in Indian Territory or Oklahoma Territory, the “Twin Territories” that combined to become Oklahoma. This introduction to Oklahoma genealogical research will highlight the unique records that were created due to our unusual and exciting history.
The 46th state has a much longer history and more available records than most people realize. You may have discovered a possible link to Oklahoma, a Choctaw word meaning “red people.” Or perhaps you want to search for an elusive ancestor who may have hidden in Indian Territory or Oklahoma Territory, the “Twin Territories” that combined to become Oklahoma. This introduction to Oklahoma genealogical research will highlight the unique records that were created due to our unusual and exciting history.
Wed, August 24 2022: 18:00 UTC
Tue, August 30 2022: 12:00 UTC
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Les nouvelles collections belges sur MyHeritage
Tue, August 30 2022: 12:00 UTC
Que vous soyez en Belgique ou ailleurs, nous allons partir à la recherche de vos ancêtres du plat pays. Que ce soit en Flandre, en Wallonie ou à Bruxelles, des ressources existent pour vous aider à les retrouver, spécialement dans les millions de nouvelles données disponibles dans les collections historiques de MyHeritage qui concernent la Belgique. Avec pédagogie, humour et didactique, Marie Cappart, Country Manager pour MyHeritage en Belgique, historienne de formation, généalogiste et autrice de ‘Le Guide de la Généalogie en Belgique’ vous oriente pas à pas dans les archives belges et vous montre comment retrouver vos ancêtres du plat pays à l’aide des collections belges de MyHeritage, l’État-Civil, les registres paroissiaux, et d’autres collections. Et si vous n’avez pas d’ancêtres belges, c’est que vous avez mal cherché !
Que vous soyez en Belgique ou ailleurs, nous allons partir à la recherche de vos ancêtres du plat pays. Que ce soit en Flandre, en Wallonie ou à Bruxelles, des ressources existent pour vous aider à les retrouver, spécialement dans les millions de nouvelles données disponibles dans les collections historiques de MyHeritage qui concernent la Belgique. Avec pédagogie, humour et didactique, Marie Cappart, Country Manager pour MyHeritage en Belgique, historienne de formation, généalogiste et autrice de ‘Le Guide de la Généalogie en Belgique’ vous oriente pas à pas dans les archives belges et vous montre comment retrouver vos ancêtres du plat pays à l’aide des collections belges de MyHeritage, l’État-Civil, les registres paroissiaux, et d’autres collections. Et si vous n’avez pas d’ancêtres belges, c’est que vous avez mal cherché !
Tue, August 30 2022: 12:00 UTC
Wed, August 31 2022: 18:00 UTC
Direct Your Letters to San Jose: Following Ancestors’ Migration Trails
Wed, August 31 2022: 18:00 UTC
U.S. Migration patterns trended from the east to west coasts as Manifest Destiny played out in our American ancestors’ lives. Did they write letters? Yes, they did. Did they keep a diary? Likely. But, have those documents survived, and if so where might they be located? Follow through historical documents the 100+year Westward Migration of one family who created, saved, and handed down pertinent historical documents pinpointing their migration from Kentucky to Illinois in the early 1830s, chronicled an overland journey to the California Gold Rush 20 years later in 1850, then later emigrated from Illinois to Kansas in the early days of the Civil War. Discover what brought one descendant to Kansas City, Missouri, after World War II. Where’s their next stop? This case study is studded with potential research avenues for any genealogist, anthropologist, archivist, cartographer, or automobile enthusiast.
U.S. Migration patterns trended from the east to west coasts as Manifest Destiny played out in our American ancestors’ lives. Did they write letters? Yes, they did. Did they keep a diary? Likely. But, have those documents survived, and if so where might they be located? Follow through historical documents the 100+year Westward Migration of one family who created, saved, and handed down pertinent historical documents pinpointing their migration from Kentucky to Illinois in the early 1830s, chronicled an overland journey to the California Gold Rush 20 years later in 1850, then later emigrated from Illinois to Kansas in the early days of the Civil War. Discover what brought one descendant to Kansas City, Missouri, after World War II. Where’s their next stop? This case study is studded with potential research avenues for any genealogist, anthropologist, archivist, cartographer, or automobile enthusiast.
Wed, August 31 2022: 18:00 UTC