Saturday, 2 April 2011

Gary Schroder at the BIFHSGO conference

Gary Schroder, President of the Quebec Family History Society since 1995, will be returning to September's BIFHSGO conference to give two presentation.

Gary is well known in the Montreal family history community for his expertize on Canada, England, Ireland, and military resources for family historians, and his appearances on radio and TV. His presentations in Ottawa have always been well appreciated. 

The conference program accommodates Gary being able to travel with the QFHS "road show" team coming to the marketplace. He will give two presentations, before and after lunch on Saturday.

"How to Find Your Ancestors in Quebec" will explore genealogical sources available for those with Quebec ancestors and relatives and discuss the new developments and new resources for genealogical research for both Catholics and non-Catholics.

The lecture will examine how to find church records in Quebec, where are they located and
which years are open to the public. There will also be a discussion of how to find Wills in
Quebec, the importance of Notaries in Quebec, and what 20th Century records are open to the
genealogist in Quebec including the Statistical Returns of Death and Marriage 1926-1997. Land
Records are often overlooked or misunderstood in genealogical research in Quebec. This lecture
will attempt to demystify Land Records in Quebec and to explain the exciting new developments
in the world of genealogy in Quebec regarding the new Quebec Online Land Registry.
"How to Find Your Ancestors in the British Army 1760–1945" will explore the new genealogical
resources for the British Army that are available on the Internet. These will include the Army
Pension Records WO 97 which are available on Find My Past, the numerous databases available
on Ancestry including the Medal Rolls for various campaigns and the World War One Personnel
records for Enlisted Men, the Records of National Archives at Kew and a select group of
Military Websites like The Napoleon Series which contain a wealth of genealogical material and
are relatively unknown to genealogists interested in military records. Pension Records, Muster
and Pay Rolls, Service Files, Description Books, Army Lists of Officers, Chaplain's Records,
Regimental Records, Medal Rolls, and Casualty Records will all be discussed. There will be
numerous example of all types of military records for the British Army from the 18th century
until the 20th century.

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