25 May 2015

Roots 2015 Expert Panel

A tradition at the Quebec Family History Society Roots conferences is a closing Experts Panel session with conference speakers and VIP invitees. It's a highlight of the conference and will be again on June 21.

The panelists are:

Gary Schroder
Gary has been the President of the Quebec Family History Society (Q.F.H.S.)
since 1995 and has taught family history courses at various institutions including McGill
University, Champlain College and the Pointe Claire Public Library. As well as being the editor
of various genealogical publications, he started the All Day Genealogical Seminars at the
Q.F.H.S. Heritage Centre. He has given lectures on numerous genealogical topics at locations
from Victoria in British Columbia to Trinity College in Dublin. Gary was a Member of the
Special Advisory Board of Library and Archives Canada as well as being a Research Consultant
to the British, American, and Canadian Versions of the television program “Who Do You Think
You Are“. He has been a frequent guest on Canadian radio and television promoting the
educational value of family history research. He will be giving three presentations at Roots
Saturday June 20: How To Find and Use Church Records in Quebec
Saturday June 20: How to Find Land and Probate Records in Quebec
Saturday June 20: Cemeteries in Montreal: Where They are and How to Find Their Records

Glenn Wright
Glenn is the Past President of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa. He has served on the Special Advisory Board of Library and Archives Canada as well as being a Member of the Advisory Board of Ancestry.ca. He has been a frequent speaker at genealogical and history events across Canada. Glenn has spoken on Mounted Police records, immigration, census, and vital records. One of his special interests is military resources from the War of 1812 to the Second World War. He is the author of the best genealogical guide to World War One Canadian genealogical resources, “Canadians at War 1914-1919: A Research Guide to World War One Service Records “. Glenn will be giving two presentations at Roots 2015.
Saturday June 20: Finding Your Great War Canadian Ancestors: 1914-1919
Sunday June 21: The British Army in Canada, 1758-1871: Genealogical Sources and Research Strategies

Deborah Robertson
Deborah is a Staff Member of the Point Claire Public Library. Among her many achievements she taught English as a second language to students at John Abbott College. She studied her own family history for decades and appreciate the feelings of her family being new to Montreal in the early 1900’s. These interests led her to The British Immigration and Colonization Association. Her presentation will focus on this organization and how this and similar organizations played an important role in the history of immigrants from the British Isles to Canada. This will be the topic of her Roots 2015 presentation on Saturday June 20: The British Immigration and Colonization Association of Montreal: Its People, Place, and Time

Edward Zapletal
Ed has been co-owner and publisher at Moorshead Magazine since 2008, publisher of Your Genealogy Today (formerly Family Chronicle), Internet Genealogy, and History Magazine. He has more than 30 years of experience in publishing, covering a wide variety of titles and markets. He has been researching his Czech family history for many years.
Both his paternal and maternal grandfathers worked for the Bata Shoe Company in Zlin, Czech
Republic and immigrated to Canada in 1939 when the company relocated to Batawa, Ontario near Trenton. In recent years he has travelled back to his ancestral homeland and discovered a new perspective on family history research.
He will be giving a Roots 2015 presentation. Saturday June 20: Walking in Their Footsteps, Experience Your Ancestral Village Founder of Global Genealogy

Rick Roberts
Rick along with his wife Sandra were the founders of Global Genealogy the largest genealogical booksellers and genealogical book publishers in Canada. Rick’s family history addiction began during summer vacations on his grandparents’ farm, where rainy days were spent sorting through family pictures, documents and artifacts while his grandmother told well-worn family stories. He has given a wide variety of genealogical workshops to historical and genealogical societies across Canada. He will be the Keynote Speaker on Friday June 19 at our Opening Ceremonies at the Hotel Omni Mont-Royal in the heart of downtown Montreal. Keynote Speaker: “Reflections on a Hobby That Got Out of Control“

Ed McGuire
Ed is the Past President of the Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and was an Army Officer
before joining IBM in Vermont. Ed began pursuing his family history in 1975 and has been working on it ever since. His main areas of interest are Vermont, Quebec, Ireland, and Germany as well as Genetic Genealogy. He will be giving two presentations at Roots 2015.
Saturday June 20: Connecting 21st Century Vermonters to their Quebec Roots
Saturday June 21: DNA Testing: Another Tool in Our Genealogical Toolbox

Luc Lepine
Luc is a military historian with a M.A. in history from the University of Montreal and a PH.D from the University of Quebec at Montreal as well as studying at Royal Military College in Kingston. He has worked as a Reference Archivist for the Archives Nationales du Quebec as
well as having worked for the Quebec Department of Education. He has taught history courses
for the Canadian Armed Forces as well as having given numerous presentations to numerous
historical and genealogical societies. He is the author of two books on the War of 1812, The
Militia Officers of Lower Canada 1812-1815 and Quebec and the War of 1812 as well as creating a database of over 10,000 militiamen who participated in the War of 1812. Luc will be giving two presentations at Roots 2015.
Sunday June 21: “The Military Origin of Dit names in Quebec“
Sunday June 21: “The War of 812 in Quebec: Genealogical Resources “

Jacques Gagne
Jacques had a distinguished career as an Executive with RCA
Victor and Columbia Records in Canada where he worked with major Quebec record artists like
Claude Dubois and also had the opportunity to get to know major World recording artists from
Leonard Bernstein to Tony Bennett, to Janis Joplin, to Andy Williams. After his retirement from the music industry he developed a passion for genealogy that has never abated which included creating compilations including Church records in Quebec, The Irish in Quebec, The Native Peoples of Quebec, The Loyalists in Quebec, The People of Gaspe, The Huguenots, and How Do
Find Your Ancestors in France? If your ancestors came to New France in the 17th or 18th
centuries then they probably came from “Old France“. Jacques will have a booth at our
Genealogical Resources Fair on Saturday and Sunday to answer your genealogical questions and
to show you how in the past few years a wealth of genealogical material has become available in

Lorraine Gosselin
Lorraine is a graduate of Concordia University with a BA Honours degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. After a distinguished business career with Bell Canada she has devoted a large amount of time to genealogical research. She has held numerous seminars for the Q.F.H.S. on a wide variety of genealogical topics as well as given genealogical lectures in French and in English to genealogical and historical societies across Quebec. She also writes CompuTree, the PC/Web column for Connections, the Q.F.H.S. journal. She will be giving a presentation on Saturday June 20: Exploring the Bibliotheque et Archives Nationales du Quebec (BAnQ) Website: A Treasure
Trove of Information.

Marilyn Gillespie
Helping people create family history photobooks is a natural progression for Marilyn who has photographed families for over 25 years as a professional photographer. In her talk, Marilyn will show you the entire process, from selecting, scanning, restoring or retouching the photos, to collecting the stories and designing the photobooks. The end result will turn your
research into a cherished family heirloom. She will be giving a presentation on Saturday June 20
“Discover How to Turn Your Photos and Research in to an Archival Photobook“

Johanne Gervais
Johanne worked over 25 years at various large companies in Montreal developing and implementing computer business systems. She became interested in genealogy while helping her husband write a book about his own family. In 2008 she left the corporate world and dedicated herself to family history travelling all over the world in search of her family’s ancestors. She specializes in tracing ancestors of French Canadian families as well as being an editor and self-publisher. She will be giving two presentations at Roots 2015:
Saturday June 20: “Self-Publishing Your Family History”
Sunday June 21: “ The French Canadian Disease “ in 1648 three sisters immigrated to New
France with a unique disease that affects one out of every 1,000 French Canadians. Find out if
you are a descendant of one of these three sisters.

Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne
Denyse is a Reference Archivist at the Montreal Branch of the Bibliotheque et Archives
Nationales du Quebec (BAnQ) and is the genealogical consultant for the Quebec version of the “Who Do You Think You Are“ television program. She was the genealogist for Adhemar the
database of Montreal Landowners and Tenants 1642-1804 for the Canadian Centre of Architecture. Also she is the award winning author of “Le Proces de Marie-Josephe Angelique“ an inquiry into a Black Slave accused of burning down parts of Montreal in 1734.
Her Presentation for Sunday June 21: Coroners Files at the BAnQ

Lesley Anderson
Lesley is has been researching her own family origins for over 40 years. Lesley has taught Computer and Genealogy classes for the Ottawa Catholic Board Continuing Education program for many years. She was the Director of Education for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa and
has worked for Ancestry.ca for over 7 years. Lesley has given a wide variety of genealogical presentations all over the world. She will be giving two presentations at Roots 2015.
1: What's New on Ancestry-Saturday June 20
2: Searching for Your Irish Ancestors on Ancestry-Sunday June 21.

Stanley Diamond
Stanley, founder and President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal, answer questions about genealogical research in Eastern Europe as well as of course Jewish Genealogical Research. A graduate of McGill University and Harvard University, Stanley has been a speaker all over the World
on a wide variety of genealogical topics as well as being a Research Consultant on the major Genealogical programs including " Who Do You Think Are " on NBC, CBC, BBC, and ABC ( Australia ) and the " Finding Your Past " series on PBS. In 2002 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

For more on Roots2015 and the Quebec Family History Society go to www.QFHS.ca

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