Thursday, 8 April 2010

BIFHSGO Meeting: 10 April 2010

Getting Them Back to England - What I did on my "Somers" Vacation by Jane Down

When Jane started to search for her great-grandmother, Mary Jane Somers, she knew very little about her. This talk will describe the journey of discovering Mary Jane's family and where they came from in Ontario and in England using various genealogy tools such as tombstone inscriptions, the Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid, censii, Ontario vital records, Rootsweb World Connect, Find My Past, Devon Family History Society databases, parish records, newspaper obituaries, and communications with new-found cousins.

About the Speaker:

Jane Down, current Program Director for BIFHSGO, has been researching her family roots in Ontario and England since 1975. She has won several genealogy contests and awards including the Seminar 2007 OGS Photo Contest, 2006 OCAPG Essay Contest, 2001 OGS Marion Keffer Award (Honourable Mention) for her article on the Richmond Ledger for the Ottawa Branch News, and the 1994 Ottawa Branch OGS Gen-O-Rama Ancestor Exhibit Competition for her book on the Bradfords of Eastbourne. In real life, Jane is a Senior Conservation Scientist at the Canadian Conservation Institute where she carries out research on adhesives that are used to conserve works of art.

BIFHSGO monthly meeting are held on the second Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m., at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa

Also, at 9 a.m. Lesley Anderson will present on “Why you should revisit the Family History Center” in the continuing and popular pre-BIFHSGO education series.

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