27 May 2021

First Virtual Ancestry Day

On Friday 4 June 2021, from 9 am to 7 pm Ancestry.ca in conjunction with the Ontario Genealogical Society is offering a full day of mostly 30-minute expert talks.

Full details and registration ($25) at https://ogs.on.ca/shop/conference-2021-ancestry-day/

Here's the program.

ANCESTRY DAY – Sessions 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

9:00 AMOpening of Ancestry Day – Prizes, DiscountsLesley Anderson | Ancestry5 min
9:05 AMGetting the most out of Ancestry – Searching Records & Online TreesLesley Anderson | Ancestry30 min
9:35 AMMake Discoveries with Ancestry HintsKaren Joyce Lowe | Ancestry15 min
9:50 AMBoots on the ground – Land/Census recordsAdvisory Board Member
Ken McKinley
30 min
10:20 AMQ & A with Customer service reps and Genealogy Experts/BREAK20 min
10:40 AMFind a Grave: What You Can Do and What’s NewPeter Drinkwater | Ancestry20 min
11:00 AMChallenges of Jewish Research: Names, Dates and PlacesProGenealogist Janette Silverman 30 min
11:30 AMASK AN EXPERT - Irish Research ProGenealogist Joe Buggy30 min
12:00 PMASK AN EXPERT - Military Research - 1st and 2nd WWProGenealogist Simon Pearce1 hour
1:00 PMBREAK/Q & A with Customer service reps and Genealogy Experts 15 min
1:15 PMAncestryDNA 101: A Beginner's Guide to DNA DiscoveryLisa Elzey | Ancestry30 min
1:45 PMAncestryDNA  102: AncestryDNA Matches for Family History DiscoveriesKelly Becker | Ancestry30 min
2:15 PMAncestryDNA 103: ThruLines  & Custom GroupsBrooke Alius & Randon Morford | Ancestry30 min
2:45 PMAncestryDNA Communities: Bringing New Discoveries to Your ResearchLisa Elzey | Ancestry30 min 
3:15 PMQ & A with Customer service reps and Genealogy Experts/Break30 min
3:45 PMMarriage and Obituary Records: Indexes on Ancestry®—Images on Newspapers.comCrista Cowan | Ancestry20 min
4:10 PMFive Things to Do with Newspapers.comAnne Mitchell | Ancestry20 min
4:30 PMQuebec Genealogical RecordsAdvisory Board Member
Gary Schroeder
1 hour
5:30 PMQ & A with Customer service reps and Genealogy Experts/BREAK30 min
6:00 PMAncestry at Sea - Researching Passenger ListsAdvisory Board Member Glenn Wright30 min
6:30 PMAdding Sources, Using hints and Merge featureAdvisory Board Member Lianne Kruger30 min

09 May 2021

Are Your Incoming Gmails Being Diverted to PROMOTIONS?

A couple of folks who use Chrome with gmail have let me know they found the daily email notifications for the new blog diverted to a Promotions inbox category.

It's easy to stop that from happening. How depends on whether you're using Android, Computer or iPhone & iPad. Find the instructions at


01 May 2021

New site reminder

A start of month reminder that there is no longer regular posting at this site. Daily posts are now made at the new site.


As 388 others have done, go there to find the subscription box, either on the sidebar on a desktop or laptop computer or near the bottom of the page on a smartphone or tablet.