Saturday, 11 October 2014

A Potential Canadian Genealogy Conference

A National Genealogy Conference is proposed to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia on July 17-19 of 2015. Information is that so far the promoters have received encouraging responses from three provincial genealogical organizations.

A draft conference agenda, subject to adjustments, is:

Day 1 - Friday, July 17/15
Pre-conference symposium                      
9:00am-12:00pm  [Meeting of representatives from provincial genealogical associations with each other and perhaps a representative from the Library & Archives Canada]
Registration                                         1:00 - 4:00pm
Opening Keynote                                 4:00 - 5:30pm
Ceilidh-style Reception at Pier 21       6:00 - 9:00pm

Day 2 - Saturday, July 18/15
Breakfast on own                                 8:00 - 9:00am
Keynote presentation                           9:00 - 10:00am
Refreshment break                               10:00-10:45am
Workshops                                           10:45 - 12:00pm
        Beginner                How to begin researching your family history
        Intermediate           I'm Stuck....How do I go further into my family history?
        Advanced               Panel of Authors of Genealogy - 3 panelists
Lunch                                                   12:00 - 1:00pm
Hands-on Workshop conducted by representatives from the Canadian Museum of Immigration
                                                             1:00 - 4:30pm
Refreshment break                               2:30 - 3:30pm
Free time to prepare for banquet          4:30 - 6:00pm
Banquet & Entertainment             6:00 - 9:00pm
(location tbd) - quick bus tour of Halifax, stop at Titanic grave site, ending up at an off-site location for dinner

Day 3 - Sunday, July 19/15
Breakfast on own                                8:00 - 9:00am
Keynote presentation                          9:00 - 10:00am
Refreshment Break                             10:00 - 11:00am
Keynote presentation                          11:00 - 12:00pm
Lunch                                                  12:00 - 1:00pm
Workshops                                          1:00 - 2:30pm
  Recording Your Family History
  1.  Through photography
  2.  Digital filing
  3.  How to cite sources
 Refreshment break                              2:30 - 3:00pm
Workshops                                           3:00 - 4:30pm
  Recording Your Family History
  1.  Through photography
  2.  Digital filing
  3.  How to cite sources
Closing Keynote                                  4:30 - 5:00pm

Some potential speakers are Dave Obee from BC, Terry Punch, and Garry Shutlak, both from Nova Scotia. Suggestions for other potential keynote speakers are welcome..

The promoters, Heidi Wilker and Cathy Wassermann, experienced event planners, are aiming to have the conference website and registration open no later than the end of November.


turner said...

Sounds interesting. I would like to hear if you learn more, John!


Anonymous said...

Please keep on top of this item. Being Canadian but living abroad has meant some challenges for doing family research. I'd like to know more about this and the costs.