Friday, 23 October 2015


A small group of Canadian genealogists have been busy behind the scenes. We gathered for a casual lunch and before we left, The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit had been born!

Our creative minds came together to provide a way for Canadian grown genealogists to be able to showcase their dedication and expertise. I have, for the past two years, put together the Scotttish SIG Symposium. All of the speakers have been Canadian. We have been incredibly successful and have had amazing reviews about our Canadian speakers. 

Kathryn Lake Hogan, Mike Quackenbush and I recognize the talents of our colleagues and wanted to give them a way to show their stuff. To allow this to happen, we are providing them the platform: The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit. 

The Summit will be held at the Courtyard Marriott, Brampton from Oct 21-23 2016. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!

On October 21, we have arranged a day at the Ontario Archives. And better still, for those with UEL ancestors who are mind boggled with the documentation required for your UEL application, Kathryn will be offering a workshop with the Dominion Genealogist at the Archives. She will share her expertise on what documentation is required and how to access the documents at the Archives. 

From the Archives, it is a short bus ride back to the hotel for our Opening Plenary with author Jennifer Debruin who will share with us some of the struggles of our Canadian ancestors. This energetic talk will be followed by a social time. A time to get to know fellow Canadian genealogists, to get to know the speakers better, or to browse in the marketplace. 

We have a full day of programming on Saturday, but we get you off to a good start with a complimentary continental breakfast. 

We have five streams for you to choose from (yes! You can mix and match). On offer:

Ruth Blair - who will talk on researching Irish ancestors
Mike Quackenbush - who will talk on researching English ancestors
Louise St Denis - who will talk on researching French Canadian ancestors
Kathryn Lake Hogan - who will talk on researching Canadian ancestors
Christine Woodcock who will talk on researching Scottish ancestors

Lunch is provided to keep you sustained. Coffee will be replenished throughout the day. And the marketplace will be alive and well.

The evening is free for you to relax, network or put your new learning to practice. The hotel has free WiFi and Find My Past is providing FREE access for all registrants for the entire weekend!!

Sunday starts with Louise St Denis sharing her extensive knowledge on Methodology. THEN she is providing each registrant with a certificate for a FREE course at the NIGS. 

And we wrap up an intense weekend with Lynn Palermo who will help us to get a better handle on writing our family stories so that our work can be preserved for future generations.

We have  dynamite program. We want YOU to be a part of it. Spaces are limited. Registration opens on November 23. The hotel will be providing a discounted rate from Thursday to Sunday for anyone attending the Summit. 

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