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British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa presents: Webinar with Dr. Penny Walters, Saturday, September 26, 9 a.m. to noon.

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Psychology of Searching (beginning at 9 a.m.)

Compiling pedigrees was needed for landed gentry, but genealogy is now a popular hobby. This session will look at kinship, homelands, heritages, race memory, becoming obsessed with searching, and putting all the pieces in our jigsaw. Why do we research ancestors with whom we share so little DNA? Are we searching for who they were, or who we are?

Ethical dilemmas in genealogy (beginning at 10:30)

‘I’m just compiling our family tree, what can go wrong?’ What do ethics and morality mean, and what do they have to do with genealogy? Ethical dilemmas in genealogy have come to the forefront since law enforcement utilised information from GEDMatch to apprehend a suspected serial killer. These issues include exposing secrets and lies, and unexpected DNA results. Many people have to struggle through ethical dilemmas on their own; attendees at this session will learn how to consider ethical issues with empathy and sensitivity.

Dr. Penny Walters has been a University lecturer for 30 years in Psychology and Business Studies. She has authored books on both topics offered in this webinar: The Psychology of Searching and Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy (both available for purchase online). Having researched her 2 family trees for 30 years, Penny lectures internationally and writes articles about a variety of genealogy topics, including ethical dilemmas, adoption, ethnicity and identity and Irish heritage. www.searchmypast.co.uk

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