Evidentia Offers FREE Video Tutorials!

Evidentia, a growing software choice in genealogy which, "gives a voice to your sources", offers FREE Video Tutorials on how to get started, and use the program. I presented a topic on Evidentia during my presentation for the Halton-Peel Branch OGS at Oakville Public Library on September 25th. For those who attended, I did a basic walk-through of the process of using Evidentia in your analysis of conflicting evidence.
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Rockstar Genealogists 2016: Top 10 in Canada Announced

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John Reid's - Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections blog has announced the Top 10 Rockstar Genealogist Awards for Canada! I am extremely honoured to be considered 6th in the Top 10 of Rockstar Genealogists in Canada, while I show the utmost admiration for everyone on this list - as it really is a collective ambition! 1. Gail Dever - Gold 2. Lorine McGinnis Schulze- Silver 3. Christine Woodcock- Bronze 4. Dave Obee 5. Kathryn Lake Hogan, UE 6. Mike Quackenbush 7. Lynn Palermo 8. Jane MacNamara 9. David Pike & Glenn Wright My personal goal in why I do what I do in genealogy, is to help people take time and pause in this busy world, to think about why we're here - and to hopefully have some fun finding out cool family stories....
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Rockstar Genealogist Awards: Gold “Superstar” Award Winners Announced

John Reid's - Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections blog has just announced Canada's Rockstar Genealogist Awards for the Gold, Superstar Award. As mentioned earlier, Canada's Silver Rockstar Genealogist Award winner is Lorine McGinnis Schulze and Bronze winner is Christine Woodcock. Gold Gail Dever www.genealogyalacarte.ca
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Rockstar Genealogist Awards: Silver & Bronze Award Winners Announced

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John Reid's - Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections blog has announced the Rockstar Genealogist Awards for Silver and Bronze today. Congratulations to to all award winners, but especially the following two people who continually set high standards in being Canadian genealogists! Silver Lorine McGinnis Schulze www.olivetreegenealogy.com   Bronze Christine Woodcock www.genealogytoursofscotland.ca
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Rockstar Genealogist Awards 2016 – VOTING OPEN!

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This year's Rockstar Genealogist voting is now open! For those who aren't aware of these awards; for the past four years John D. Reid curates and moderates a unique competition via his blog, Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections. This friendly competition between genealogists globally is now a much anticipated event! Via John's blog, he describes that, "...Rockstar genealogists are those who give "must attend" presentations at family history conferences or as webinars, who when you see a new family history article or publication by that person, makes it a must buy. If you hang on their every word on a blog, podcast or newsgroup, or follow avidly on Facebook or Twitter they are likely Rockstar candidates." Anyone, anywhere can vote for ...
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NGS Announces a New Course in its American Genealogical Studies Series: Branching Out

This message was received from the National Genealogical Society via e-mail on August 16, 2016. NGS Announces a New Course in its American Genealogical Studies Series: Branching Out ARLINGTON, VA, 16 August 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the release of Branching Out, the newest online, cloud-based learning course in the American Genealogical Studies (AGS) series. Branching Out is comprised of five modules on topics designed to enhance genealogical research skills of both family historians and those interested in pursuing careers as professional genealogists. “Cemeteries, Tombstones, and Funeral Homes” introduces the family historian to the various types of cemeteries (i.e., public and church owned), provides resou...
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Learning from the start – 350 years ago!

Over the past year, I have taken a deep dive into the facts supporting many published works on the Quackenbush Family. One historical reference book has been extremely helpful in understanding the social aspects of history in Rensselar County, New York. The following are excerpts from the book, "History of Rensselar Co., New York" - published in 1880 by Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester. On page 365, Peter Quackenbush is profiled and the sketch contains some rather interesting lines which seem to connect well with me. "As a family they were distinguished for business habits, and the quiet un-obstructive performance of the duties which society and citizenship required at their hands." "They are good livers, prudent managers, and while...
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OGS Conference 2016 – come and gone!

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The first weekend of June, the International Plaza Hotel in Toronto was home to The Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2016 with 700+ attendees, arriving from many locations around the globe - it was surely a weekend to remember. Learn more about the OGS Conference 2016 - an remember, the App is still available to check out course content and learn about this exceptional weekend. OGS Conference 2017 planning is well under-way! We will head out to Algonquin College for June 16-18, 2017 - also celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. Check out the details so far!    
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Titanic: 104 Years Later

104 years ago, what began as a true wonder of its time, one of White Star Line's Olympic-class ocean liners, the RMS Titanic, took her maiden voyage from Southampton destined for New York. At 11:40 PM on April 14, 1912 the steam-liner hit an iceberg and began to sink. In just three hours, 1,517 people lost their lives in the cold North Atlantic waters in the wee hours of April 15, 1912. Of the 2,200 passengers on-board - just over 700 survived. Just over 300 bodies of victims were recovered from the wreck site. 121 victims were interred in Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia - nineteen in Mount Olivet Roman Catholic Cemetery, and ten in the Baron de Hirsch Jewish Cemetery. Encyclopedia Titanica is a wonderful website d...
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Welcome to Archives Awareness Week!

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From April 4 -April 9, join in the celebrations for Archives Awareness Week 2016! The purpose of this week is to celebrate the archives', "unique potential to inspire and excite people, bring communities together, and tell memorable stories about the past."1 This year the Archive of Ontario is focusing on it's patrons and the ways that we use the many collections! This includes festivities all week, and prize giveaways at the Reception Desk! Plan your trip this week!   Learn more - Visit the Archives of Ontario Source: 1. Archives Awareness Week 2016. Archives of Ontario. http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/about/archives_week.aspx . Accessed: 4 Apr 2016.
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