Friday, November 27, 2015

FREE Registration Pass to ROOTSTECH 2016 Giveaway

Just when you thought you might have missed a chance to win a free 3-day pass to RootsTech 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah, here is one more opportunity.

You won't want to miss this year's RootsTech. Pulitzer Prize winning author, Doris Kearns Goodwin is just one of four keynote speakers who will inspire and entertain you. You can read all the details about the keynote speakers here.

Family Discovery Day also has a great line-up of speakers who will be sharing their stories of family history. 

The 3-day pass to RootsTech includes access to:
  • over 200 classes
  • Keynotes
  • General sessions
  • Getting Started classes
  • Expo hall
  • Evening events
So, what do you need to do to enter to win a FREE 3-day pass to RootsTech?

Email me:  looking4ancestors[at] 
Remove the brackets and the word at. Insert @ instead.

In the subject heading put: RootsTech Contest
In the body of the message, put: "I want to go to RootsTech!" Include your name and email address.

Deadline for all submissions is Friday, December 4, 2015 at 11:59 pm ET.

Entries providing the requested information will be submitted to an online random prize generator. The first name chosen will be deemed the winner. The winner will be announced Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 12:00 noon ET, and will be contacted by email to receive the prize certificate.

*If you have already registered to attend RootsTech, no problem. Enter the giveaway contest anyway. The prize certificate contains information on how to have your 3-day registration refunded.

** By entering this giveaway contest, you do so at your own risk, and hold Kathryn Lake Hogan and Looking4Ancestors blameless for any and all consequences associated with this contest and its prize.

Good luck!

Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2015.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Registration Now Open for Great Canadian Genealogy Summit

There's a new genealogy summit for family history researchers in 2016. Registration for the Great Canadian Genealogy Summit is now open.

The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit is the brain-child of Christine Woodcock, Mike Quackenbush and Kathryn Lake Hogan (me.) We saw a lack of family history conferences headlining and promoting great Canadian genealogists. So, we decided to create one.

The Summit features a programme appealling to family historians who have roots in Canada with French Canadian, Loyalist, English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry.
An optional trip to the Archives of Ontario gets the weekend started on the Friday. Those with Loyalist ancestry can add a hands-on workshop to their programme with the Dominion Genealogist of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada.
The opening plenary session Friday evening features Canadian author, Jennifer DeBruin. This is followed by an informal social event for attendees and speakers to hangout and have some fun.

On the Saturday, five sessions are planned for the day. Attendees can choose one of two presentations each session. The market place will be open with a variety of vendors. The day wraps up just before dinner. Attendees are free to visit local restaurants for supper, hang out at the hotel and take advantage of the free weekend access to Find My Past website.

Sunday starts with a session on advanced methodology with Louise St. Denis of the National Institute of Genealogical Studies, followed by our closing plenary session with Lynn Palermo, The Armchair Genealogist. The Summit concludes just before noon allowing attendees plenty of time to travel home.

Don't miss out! Register NOW for the Great Canadian Genealogy Summit!

Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2015.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

OGS Announces Call for Papers for Conference 2017

JUST ANNOUNCED via Ontario Genealogical Society:

Call for Presentations OGS Conference 2017

The annual Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2017 will be held in Ottawa on June 16-18, 2017 at Algonquin College. The theme of the conference is Our Canada – Your Family: Building a Nation. As 2017 will be the 150th anniversary of the birth of Canada, Ottawa Branch OGS will host the annual OGS conference and give the Conference a national flair, bringing together genealogists and family historians from all over Canada. We are looking for speakers and talks of interest to genealogists from all provinces.
     In keeping with this theme, we invite proposals for presentations on: family history from every region and territory of Canada (e.g. Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies and British Columbia); migration to and from Canada and also within Canada and how this helped to not only build our families, but also Canada; pre- and post-1867 research in Upper Canada; religious associations; military connections; the latest updates on computer, social media and genealogy database technology; the ever growing use of DNA testing for genealogy; and skill-building for family historians (e.g. use of the genealogy proof standard, getting more out of online resources).  Speakers from other related disciplines are welcome! Statisticians, demographers, archaeologists, researchers, archivists, librarians, geographers, cartographers, scientists, theologians, doctors, PhD candidates, software gurus, internet intellectuals, social media mavens, and historians of all kinds have information of interest to family historians and we would like to hear from you! 
     Most sessions will be one hour long. Sessions may be streamed in or out of the Conference venue. Topics for interactive, hands-on workshops are also welcome (typically half-day sessions). Speakers will receive an honorarium, plus appropriate expenses and complimentary Conference registration. In early 2017, speakers will submit content for inclusion in a syllabus.
     Please submit your proposals by e-mail. Include your full name, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, website address (if applicable) and biographical information including recent speaking credits. For each proposal, please provide a unique title, a summary of your presentation (250 words maximum), the intended audience (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and your A/V requirements. Multiple proposals are encouraged.


To submit proposals or ask questions, please contact the Conference 2017 Program Committee at: For more information about OGS or Ottawa Branch respectively, please visit: or

Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2015.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Genealogy Canada Updates and Events for November 13-15, 2015


It may be cold, windy and wet this November week-end, however, there are lots of genealogy events happening to keep you warm.

Here are your Genealogy Canada Updates and Events for November 13-15, 2015.


This just in! New database at Library and Archives Canada "Ukrainian Immigrants, 1891-1930" 


Kent Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society monthly meeting at 7:00 pm featuring guest speaker Debra Honor presenting "Where There's a Will."


Uxbridge Historical Centre and Museum, 10:00 am featuring Christine Woodcock presenting two topic about Scottish research. Pre-registration is required.

Sir Guy Carleton Branch, UELAC meeting at Best Western Hotel, Carleton Ave., Ottawa, Ontario.

Bay of Quinte Branch, UELAC meeting at Hillcrest Centre, Belleville, Ontario. LtCol John Enrig on the History of the Hastings Prince Edward Regiment. 

Grand River Branch, UELAC lunch at 12:30 pm and meeting at 2:00 pm at Best Western Brant Park Inn, Brantford, Ontario.

Vancouver Branch, UELAC regular meeting at 1:30 pm at Bonsor Recreation Complex, Burnaby, BC.

Victoria Branch, UELAC regular meeting at 12 noon at Howard Johnson Hotel, Elk Lake Drive, Victoria, BC

British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa monthly meeting and educational talks beginning at 9:00 am.

Quebec Family History Society seminar at 10:30 am at Briarwood Presbyterian Church Hall, Beaconsfield with Lesley Anderson of Lesley will be presenting Researching Irish Ancestry.

The Alberta Genealogical Society is hosting their Irish Special Interest Group (SIG) Workshop at 10:00 am at the AGS Library.

Capital Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society, Inc. meeting and tour at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick beginning at 9:30 am. 


Wellington County (Ontario) Genealogy Workshop Series at 1:30 pm featuring Glenn Wright presenting two topics:
"For King and Country: Canadians in the Great War, 1914-1918."
"Canada at War, 1939-1945: Documenting Your Second World War Ancestor."

Be sure to check the details of each event with the individual societies.

Want your event included? Know of an update related to Canadian genealogy? Send to kathryn[@]lookingancestors[dot]com

Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2015.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Remember Them: Private Leslie Gerald Lake

Private Leslie G. Lake,  4th Perth Regiment, Canadian Forces, c. 1941,
digital image held by Kathryn Hogan.

Telegram received by Les' father, Herbert Lake advising him  Les had been dangerously wounded in combat. 1

Letter received by Herbert Lake notifying him of the death of his son,
Private Leslie Gerald Lake.

1 "Canada, WWII Services Files of War Dead, 1939-1947," database and images. [ : accessed 11 Nov 2015], entry for Leslie Gerald Lake: citing Canada, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, "Services Files of the Second World War - War Dead, 1939-1947," RG 24, v. 26296.


Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2015.