Friday, 16 March 2012

News about Toronto workshop "Finding Your Great War Ancestors"

The following is news from Paul Jones about the March 31 Toronto workshop, "Finding Your Great War Ancestors"

Unfortunately the previously announced closing-plenary speaker, Tim Cook, has had to withdraw for personal reasons. We thank Tim for his support of the Workshop and his ongoing contributions to Great War scholarship.
Feeling that an upbeat, forward-looking way to end the day would be a primer for those interested in planning a Battlefields tour, the program committee has put together a session that combines practical advice and audience Q&A. Here's the description of the new session:
Closing Plenary: Planning a Battlefields Tour
Linda Reid and a panel of experienced travellers
Researchers planning a visit to the Great War Battlefields have several options to consider, including package tours, do-it-yourself trips and bespoke tours. Linda Reid recently went on a five-day bespoke Battlefields tour with three generations of her family. This session is anchored by a 30-minute presentation in which she will share her experiences and offer tips and some "dos and don'ts" on organizing a tour of your own. Linda will then be joined on the stage by Simon Fowler, Glenn Wright and another Toronto Branch member to be announced. They will discuss and elaborate on Linda's presentation, as well as take questions from the audience. This panel will provide an invaluable and practical learning opportunity for anyone who may ever take a Battlefields tour. It will be entertaining for all.
This change to the closing plenary leaves us in turn with an opening in Session E3 where Linda's presentation was originally scheduled. Fortunately James Thomson has a new lecture that will be of great interest...
New component of Session E3: Using Maps in Great War Research
James F.S. Thomson

Exploring maps and related resources can lead to a much-enhanced understanding of an ancestor's experience of the Great War. This 30-minute lecture introduces some of the most interesting Great War maps and ancillary records available to the researcher, and identifies ways of accessing them in and from south central Ontario.
Any registrant whose decision to attend was predicated on Tim Cook's participation should send me a note at announcements@torontofamilyhistory.org.
If you'd like to change your choice for concurrent Session E3, please drop me a note at the same address.
The Workshop is shaping up to be a top-notch experience. All of us involved cannot wait until the 31st, when we look forward to meeting you..

For complete information about the Workshop, please visit:
http://www.torontofamilyhistory.org/GreatWarWorkshop2012.html

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