The Kelowna & District Genealogical Society announces:
Brush up your Skills and Learn How to Research Your Family History the RIGHT Way!
This is a workshop for ALL skill levels but Especially for Beginners:
If you are just starting out on the family history journey this all-day workshop is for you! Come away feeling confident and gain new skills that will help you to be an effective and successful researcher.
This workshop is also recommended for those who have been researching for some time but would like to hone their skills and learn new ways of approaching old problems.
Brenda is a writer and researcher residing Maple Ridge, BC. Presently, she serves as Chair of the Maple Ridge Community Heritage Commission and is a founding member of the Maple Ridge Family History Group. Brenda was on the BC Historical Federation’s Publications Committee and Education Committees from 2005 to 2013. She presents research methodology programs for libraries, museums and archives, family history societies and other interested groups. Brenda has developed two workshop series for the Cloverdale Genealogy Collection of Surrey Libraries. Brenda has spoken at several KDGS Conferences, in additions to many other events, and is well-regarded for her expertise and presentation style. She is a “mother hen” to fledgling genealogists, as well as being a mentor to more advanced researchers.
$40 (includes four workshops listed below, refreshments & handouts); $35 KDGS Members
$12 – One-on-one Consultation with Brenda; $10 KDGS Members
Okanagan College “E” Building (Centre for Learning); Rooms E310 (Workshops & Sales Tables) & E309 (Consultations)
Free Parking available adjacent to the E Building; enter through main doors, take elevator or stairs to the 3rd Floor
9:00am – 10:00am:
Shop at the BC Genealogical Society’s Boutique for Books and Supplies
Shop at the KDGS Archival Supplies Table
Brenda will help you with specific research problems. You must register separately for a consultation and limit your time to one problem/question. All who register (even if you don’t have a problem to share) get to sit in and listen to Brenda’s advice – learn from the expert! ADD-ON PRICING
10:00am – 12:15pm: Where do we start? What tools do we need? Where do we look? Are we on the right path? Join Brenda in exploring the methodology for launching a family history research project. Participants receive a starter workbook and other materials to guide their first steps on this popular self-development path. As the paper and web site visits accumulate, the frustration deepens. A tidy workspace, a research log, and coherent files support the family historian’s search for ancestors. Learn to create tools for organizing research activities and results.
12:15pm – 1:30pm: LUNCH ON OWN – many local restaurants to choose from or bring a bagged lunch
1:30pm – 3:45pm:
Who said that? Under what circumstances? Family historians know we need to cite sources, but many of us need training to do it well. Learn why and how to document your family history reports. This presentation demystifies the process. Are you up against the wall, or lost in a deep, dark forest of your family’s making? Consider the possibility that the research problem you have encountered can be solved by a range of family history research techniques.
3:45pm – 4:15pm: Time to shop and chat with Brenda Please fill in and email or give to Claire Smith-Burns, firstname.lastname@example.org; you may remit your payment (cheque made out to KDGS or cash) to Claire Smith-Burns; or you may bring your payment to the Workshop on April 11th):
Phone: ____________________ Email:__________________________________________________________KDGS No.:___________
Workshop Only: $40 Non-Member ______ ____ $35 KDGS Member ________________
Consultation with Brenda Smith: $12 Non-Member ___________ $10 KDGS Member _______________