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Constructing Family History: A Genealogy Workshop

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Eldon House

481 Ridout Street North

Interpretive Centre

London, ON N6A 2P6

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Constructing Family History: A Genealogy Workshop

Saturday, April 1 and Sunday April 2, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Interpretive Centre

Have you ever wanted to learn more about your family history? Take part this two day workshop at Eldon House capturing a wealth of knowledge from the Ontario Genealogical Society, The London Room, The Western University Libraries, experts on the Harris Family archives and local author and historian Elaine Cougler. Refreshments will be served on both days. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Day One: Saturday April 1, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

  • 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – “If Walls Could Talk”

Eldon House offers an enhanced guided tour that centers on anecdotal information about the Harris Family based on diaries, and primary resources.

  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – “Writing Along the Paths of our Ancestors”

Local author Elaine Cougler shares her journey towards writing and publishing her Loyalist Trilogy which led her to the discovery of her own Loyalist background right here in Southern Ontario. She will also bring samples of her own 10-generation booklet as an example of what families might do with their own genealogy. The Loyalist Trilogy books will be available for purchase.

  • 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Refreshments and Social

  • 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. - "Digging up My Roots: the Mingos and the Muskokas"

Using a family letter dated September 1880, Arthur McClelland of “The London Room”, will show how to create a family history by consulting various genealogical and historical sources.

  • 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Genealogical Sharing

Guests are invited to ‘show and tell’ their own primary resources with other guests and specialists. Expert speakers from earlier sessions will also be available for one-on-one Q&A.

Day Two: Sunday April 2, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

  • 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – “From Genealogical Roots to Resources”

Theresa Regnier of the Western University Libraries and The London Middlesex Historical Society, provides information about the Western Archives at Weldon Library and the resources available for genealogical research.

  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – “How to Find Out Who You Are”

Wayne Viziowski of the Ontario Genealogical Society will discuss available genealogy programs, records, freedom of information rules, primary and secondary sources, genealogical societies, DNA, and pit falls of online databases.

  • 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Refreshments and Social

  • 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. - "Using local Middlesex County Area Resources and Beyond"

Dennis Mulligan of the Genealogical Society will talk about identifying and making use of local and distant libraries and archives, while also discussing other places to look, what to do and where to look when you hit a dead end in your research.

  • 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Genealogical Sharing

Guests are invited to ‘show and tell’ their own primary resources with other guests and specialists. Expert speakers from earlier sessions will also be available for one-on-one Q&A.


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