“Tracing Your Family Tree“ Genealogy Workshop in Castlegar May 3, 2014

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“Tracing Your Family Tree”

Genealogy Workshop

Saturday, May 3, 2014 in Castlegar

 

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the West Kootenay Family Historians Society, the society and Selkirk College are sponsoring a genealogy workshop on Saturday, May 3, 2014 designed to meet the needs and interests of family tree beginners as well as experienced researchers.

selkirk poster for may 3 event 001The “Tracing Your Family Tree“ workshop will go from 10 am to 4 pm at Selkirk College. The workshop fee of $30 plus GST includes lunch. Register through Selkirk College Registration 250 365-1208 or email castlegarce@selkirk.ca

 

SESSIONS:

Did you glean all there was from the Census record? – Donna Fraser     10am-11:25am, Sentinel Room 220

Census records are one of the most useful sources for family history research.  They show the family living together on a given date with names, relationships, age, occupation and place of birth.  Those are the main topics that researchers are interested in but there is often much more if we dig a little deeper.  In this talk Donna will show the additional information that you can learn about your family.

 

Local history as viewed through historic West Kootenay postcards                         – Greg Nesteroff                                                         noon–12:45 pm, Room 220

Greg will present a show of historic Slocan Valley postcards from his collection.

 

Effective use of the universal genealogy web site https://familysearch.org           — Richard Wolff                                                           OPTION A   1pm–2:20pm, Room 222

The old way of doing things at Family History Centres involved Personal Ancestry File (PAF), an early genealogical program going back to the 1980s; the International Genealogical Index (IGI) with 187 million names (including 58 million from England and Wales), Ancestral File, integrated Latter Day Saints (LDS) member-submitted genealogies; and Pedigree Research File (PRF) of stand alone submitted genealogies. These have been succeeded by https://familysearch.org , encompassing:

Search – billions of names across hundreds of collections;

WIKI – Get research advice or learn where to find record collections;

Forums – Ask and answer questions;

Catalogue – Search the catalogue of books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications;

Learning Centre – Hundreds of online genealogy courses;

Family Tree – The family of man starting with you; and

Indexing – Volunteers create digital indexes for scanned images of historical documents.

 

Aboriginal issues in genealogy

  Jackie Cole                                        OPTION B     1pm-2:20pm, Gathering Place

Jackie will share the “Four R`s of Indigenous Story Work“ as laid out by Joanne Archibald of UBC. She will use her family and the topic of genealogy to explore how we learn value for our current lives by exploring our personal stories from our ancestors. The 7-generation perspective will be part of this.

 

Planning a successful family history research trip

Donna Fraser                                                                                 2:30pm–4pm, Room 220

This talk is based on Donna’s experience in the last dozen years with travel across Canada, trips to Salt Lake City and annual trips to Britain to do family history research.  She’ll demonstrate the preparation you should do before you leave home, explain the types of record repositories that you’ll use,  and give tips for planning your visit, mapping a strategy and how to spend your time wisely once at your destination.  This presentation will help you plan a research trip to the nearest LDS Family History Centre, a library or archives, or a trip to your ancestral country of origin.

 

Plus exhibits, displays, prize draws and demonstrations

For more information, contact Sam at 250 365-9860 or Inge at 250 367-0076, email to wkfhs@shaw.ca, Twitter @wkfhs, or www.wkfamilyhistorians.wordpress.com

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clockwise, from top left: Donna Fraser, Richard Wolff, Jackie Cole and Greg Nesteroff

 

Presenters:

Donna Fraser is Director of Education for one of the largest family history societies on Vancouver Island.

Donna has been doing family history research for over 25 years and is passionate about the subject.  She has given presentations to various family history societies within British Columbia and Britain and looks forward to her return visit to Selkirk College.

Richard Wolff is a lifelong genealogist and Director of the Family History Centre in Trail.

Richard and his wife Nina were among the founding members of the West Kootenay Family Historians Society, and continue as active members of the society today.

 

Greg Nesteroff , writer and historian, is renowned in the West Kootenay and beyond as a skilled reporter who keeps on top of the issues of the day, and as an enthusiastic and rigorous researcher uncovering remarkable stories of the region`s past.

Jackie Cole is a Metis woman whose family have been moving slowly west across Turtle Island for the last 500 years. She has lived in the West Kootenays for most of her life and finds inspiration and peace in the territory of the SINIXT people.   As a Music Therapist and Aboriginal Educator she is constantly interweaving story, culture and history into her interactions both professionally and personally.

She is a descendant of fur-traders, slaves, farmers, European aristocrats, slave owners, and peasants spanning 12 cultures. Jackie lives in the Slocan Valley with a partner who is of Doukhobor heritage, and says her two sons are the only people she knows who have more cultural diversity than her.

 

Thank you:

The West Kootenay Family Historians Society gratefully acknowledges the financial support of this workshop by Teck Trail Operations and the Kootenay Savings Credit Union.

 

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Peters, Dewdney and Cunard memorabilia displayed in Family Historians interview

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by Sam McBride

I was recently interviewed for the Go Kootenays community TV show about family history in general, and the West Kootenay Family Historians Society in particular.

The reporter came to my home in Castlegar, and got video shots of some of the paintings, photos, letters and other memorabilia that was safely stored for many years by my grandmother and then my mother, and has been passed on to me.  The show can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsnVAac4SlM or http://shaw.ca/ShawTV/Cranbrook/ShawTV/

Most of the material shown came from two great-uncles: the Hon. Edgar Dewdney, who was a major figure in Western Canada political history in the 19th century (and is best known in the Kootenay region as the builder in the 1860s of the Dewdney Trail from Hope across several mountain ranges to Wild Horse Creek near the current site of Cranbrook); and Frederic Thornton Peters, the subject of my book “The Bravest Canadian — Fritz Peters VC: The Making of a Hero of Two World Wars”.   The file of original letters shown in the footage is part of the collection of letters home that were of central importance in telling Fritz’s story.   The Christmas card with the image of the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Meteor was sent home by Fritz in Christmas 1914 while he was serving as first officer on Meteor.   Just a month later, on January 24, 1915, Fritz earned a Distinguished Service Order medal for heroism in saving lives after the engine room of Meteor was hit by a German shell.  The photograph under glass in an antique frame of a lady in the video is of Mary Cunard, who was eldest daughter of the Cunard Steamship Lines founder Sir Samuel Cunard, and mother of Frederick Peters, Fritz’s father.

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The top hat displayed in the TV report, along with its customized leather bucket that has enabled the hat to remain in good condition for more than a century. The story in the family was that the hat was owned and worn by the Hon. Edgar Dewdney, while he served as Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia in the 1890s

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Original portrait of Edgar Dewdney, painted in about 1884 when he was Lieutenant Governor of the Northwest Territories, based in Regina.  He was uncle and legal guardian of Ted Dewdney, who married Fritz’s sister Helen Peters in 1912.

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Envelope used for letter Fritz Peters sent to his mother Bertha in 1916 when she was staying with her sister Florence Gray Poole In Guildford, England

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The first and fourth panels of 1916 letter from Fritz to his mother.

front of 1914 Christmas card

front of 1914 Christmas card shown in the video

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inside of 1914 Christmas card with image of HMS Meteor. It is signed by Fritz, but with a joke nickname “Mangle Jangle”

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Photo of Fritz’s paternal grandmother Mary Cunard in original frame, featured in the Go Kootenays TV show. Below, close-up of Mary Cunard.

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