GENEALOGY MAGIC REVEALED
Presented by Pat Ryan
Oct 4, 2014
at the Kerry Vickar Centre
206 Bemster Ave E
TOPICSLibrary and Archives Canada researching using their almost 1000 FREE databases
Maps - learn how important maps, atlas and gazeteers are to our research and how to use them.
Join renowned genealogist Pat Ryan for a day of learning new tips and tricks to
help you find your ancestors. Bring your Internet capable device and use the
FREE Wi-Fi to work along with Pat searching for your own ancestors or sit
beside someone who is.
-Sessions run from 9:00am to 12 noon, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
-Fee for this seminar is $50.00 which includes beverages and dainties.
-Bring a bag lunch or you may also visit one of Melfort’s many restaurants but
you just might miss out on some interesting noon hour chatter!
-For more information email Lois Neighbour at
-Early registration would be greatly appreciated and may be submitted to:
Lorne Kish, Box 279, Melfort, Sask. or contact at
Hope to see you on Oct. 4
Genealogy Magic: LAC + Maps + Pat = FUN
Library and Archives Canada [LAC] has a mandate to collect and preserve historical
information about Canada. That includes personal details about our ancestors!
People get their information differently these days. We use the Internet and aren’t we
lucky! LAC has a wonderful
FREE website, but for a few years now it seems to be under
continual revision. This creates havoc for genealogists. What was there last year is now
hidden, making it often impossible to locate, and therefore useless to us. And new
databases are not easily found, even though there are close to 1,000 of them!!
Spend the day learning new tricks, and learn how to drill down through the layers upon
layers to get to those all-important
FREE databases that hold answers to our ancestral
questions. You won’t believe what’s there!!
Pat is always saying “
You can’t do genealogy without maps, atlases, and gazetteers”.
Come see what she’s talking about. Learn how to use these tools to break down your
brick walls, or at least answer some questions you’ve long wondered about. We’ll also
look at how to find the specific maps & gazetteers you need … mostly all free and
online. Oh yes, and what exactly *is* a gazetteer, why do I need it, and where do I find
The 1921 Canadian census was released last year, but it is full of mysteries even
though it has been fully indexed on Ancestry.com. We’ll have a look at how to overcome
the obstacles that plague us all – mostly ‘wild’ spelling of names. We’ll also look at
numerous anomalies in our censuses, and how to find the most obscure details most
We all learn best by doing! It’s great to listen, perhaps take notes, and think you’ve ‘got
it’ … until you get home and begin, and that’s when details become a little foggy. Sound
So please be sure to bring along your laptop, tablet, phone or whatever
electronic device you use to access the Internet as you’ll be using it most of the day. Or
plan to sit beside someone you can share devices with. Everyone will have free Internet
access during the day. Truly folks, this is your chance to actually DO research with an
experienced instructor who will do her best to not let you get lost. Remember, we all
learn best by doing. But don’t stay home because you don’t have a portable device –
you can still participate, learn, and have fun!
I’m looking forward to working with you all. Let’s see how much we can find, together!