Monday, September 29, 2014

Genealogy Magic Revealed

Presented by Pat Ryan
Oct 4, 2014
at the Kerry Vickar Centre
206 Bemster Ave E
Melfort, SK
Library 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 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

folks miss.

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!

Kind Regards,

Pat Ryan

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