Friday, 30 March 2018

Who do you think is coming to the BIFHSGO conference?

Coming to Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive in Ottawa on 28 – 30 September , 2018 to be part of the 24th Annual BIFHSGO Family History Conference.

The headline speakers are:
Bruce Durie, one of Scotland's top genealogists, has written more than 30 books, including the best-selling “Scottish Genealogy,” developed an online Masters Genealogical Studies program, teaches genealogy, documents and heraldry courses, and has received many honours for his work.
Diahan Southard, lectures and advises worldwide about genetic genealogy; she also produces a video tutorial series, writes DNA quick guides, and contributes to several genealogical magazines
and the Genealogy Gems website.
Lynn Palermo, author of her own family history book, The Waters of My Ancestors, is a genealogy research and writing coach and host of The Armchair Genealogist website, offering webinars, workshops, workbooks and one-on-one coaching.

My personal pick:
Linda Reid has 35 years of genealogy experience and now teaches genealogy, administers dozens of family DNA kits, facilitates an Advanced Genetic Genealogy SIG, and speaks at various Ontario genealogy conferences.

Our local stars:
Leanne Cooper is a federal public servant, BIFHSGO member, and blogger ( whose roots are mostly in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, with English (and a few Scottish) ancestors.
Shirley-Ann Pyefinch oversees the operations of the Ottawa Family History Centre, lectures on family history and has enjoyed finding her own roots for over 40 years.

And new to me
Sam Allison, (Don Whiteside Memorial Lecturer) a long-time educator who has written educational books and articles. His latest book is Driv’n by Fortune: The Scots’ March to Modernity in America, 1745–1812.
Sadie De Finney has a long-standing passion for the Celtic nations, their history and folklore. She enthusiastically applies research skills gleaned from graduate studies in cross-cultural communication to genealogy and family history.
Mark Olsen (who I've met several times but never had the opportunity to hear speak) works worldwide as the Family Tree
Maker Ambassador to support users of the genealogical software. He has a degree in family history from Brigham Young University and has worked in the genealogy industry since 2007.

Everything you need to know is in the convenient conference brochure (pdf). Registration is scheduled to open on 4 May.

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