LECTURE & WEBINAR TOPICS






Topics for Society Webinars Presented for FREE through August 2020


Researching Black Sheep Ancestors

What are "black sheep" ancestors? It's likely you have at least one, or perhaps a few of these ancestors and relatives in your family tree. Join us as we share stories, and discuss how and where to find black sheep ancestors, and how best to document them.

Using Historical Directories in Your Genealogy

There is more to a historical directory than just finding the address where your ancestor lived. Discover all there is to explore and examine within the covers of historical directories to gain a better understanding of your ancestor’s daily life.

All the News That's Fit to Print...or Not

Whether it was fit to print or not, newspaper stories, advertisements, society pages and more can provide little known details about our ancestors’ lives. If you’re not using newspapers in your research you could be missing out! How important were newspapers to our ancestors? What treasures can be unearthed in between the sheets of newsprint? Discover how researching newspapers can boost your family history.

Tragedies, Disasters and Disease

Tragedies, disasters and disease in Canadian history. Where? When? What happened? Were your ancestors there? How were they affected by what happened? Researching the tragedies, disasters and diseases our ancestors experienced in their hometowns, cities, provinces and nation-wide help us to add more to their stories, and help us understand their lives a little better.
National, provincial and regional/local events will be discussed.


Webinar and Presentation Topics (Paid)

All Kinds of Loyalists

During the American Revolutionary War, approximately 35% of the population of the Thirteen Colonies were loyal to King George III of Great Britain. Was your ancestor one them? If your ancestor sided with the British, he/she was branded a Tory and faced expulsion from the newly formed United States of America at the conclusion of the war. Tips and strategies for researching your Loyalist ancestor will be shared by the Past Dominion Genealogist of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada.

Before Ontario: Researching in Upper Canada and Canada West
Researching ancestors in Upper Canada before 1850 is frustrating. It’s so hard to find any records. But is it really? Discover the best places to find records in this
early period of Ontario. Learn strategies for using indirect evidence in order to draw conclusions about your Upper Canada and Canada West ancestors.

Can I Use That? What You Need to Know About Canadian Copyright

Can you use that photo you snagged from an online family tree? Is it okay to copy an obituary word-for-word onto a cemetery website? What you don't know about copyright might land you in trouble. Learn what intellectual property is, and who has a right to it. Discover how the Copyright Act of Canada affects you as a family history researcher.

Cracking the Clues in Canadian Census Records
Canadian census records hold valuable information for the family history researcher. Each census from 1851 through 1921 was unique in the questions asked and the instructions given to the enumerators. By following three different families (Canadian, French-Canadian and Black-Canadian) through the census records, strategies and techniques are demonstrated for searching and navigating the various census records and schedules. The best websites for researching Canadian census records are shared.


Defending Canada
From the War of 1812 until the end of the Second World War, Canada’s borders have been invaded but never conquered. Who were the invaders, and what did they hope to accomplish? Learn about your ancestor’s service defending Canada, and what information might be revealed about them and their families.


Find Your American Ancestor Using Canadian Records

When you hit a brick wall in your research it’s time to consider your ancestor may have been in Canada. Whether your ancestor was there for a day or for many years, they left behind records. Learn how and where to find the Canadian records to help you fill in the missing pieces of your ancestor’s life.

From East to West: Ancestral Migration Through Canada
How did your family get from Europe to the Prairies? Why did your ancestors migrate through Canada? What clues can be found in records to track your ancestor’s migration? Why did so many Quebeckers leave the province during the 1800s? What was so appealing about the Prairie Provinces? Explore the reasons that motivated our ancestors to move and start over again. Learn the techniques and strategies to follow your ancestors from east to west and beyond.


How Canada’s Immigration Policies Affected Our Ancestors
Since 1869, Canada’s immigration policies have determined who was eligible to immigrate to Canada and when. Who was the ideal immigrant settler? How did the government “sell” the Canadian West to immigrants? Settlement schemes, laws and policies that affected your ancestors’ eligibility and decision to settle in Canada will be reviewed.

How to Write an Effective Research Plan

Stop wasting your time browsing online family trees and aimlessly searching records to find the answers about your ancestry. Learn how to write an effective research plan that will help you make better use of your time, focus your research efforts and help you find answers.

Maximizing the Library and Archives Canada Website
Library and Archives Canada website is an excellent resource for family historians but it can be confusing to find what you’re looking for. This presentation is your personal tour of the Library and Archives Canada website. Learn how to find the records you want, discover strategies to get results from the databases, and explore new collections to further your family history research in Canada.

Researching Your 20th Century Canadian Ancestors
Did your parents, grandparents or great-grandparents live most of their lives in 20th century Canada? Long closure periods of records make finding information about these more recent ancestors difficult. Finding information after 1939 can be tricky but there are resources available if you know where to look. Discover where to find more recent records that will help you add details to your 20th century Canadian family.

What's in Your Canadian Genealogy Toolbox?
Explore the top websites for researching your ancestors in Canada. Learn where to find the best online resources for Canadian and provincial record groups, history, newspapers, maps, photographs and more to help you fill your Canadian
genealogy toolbox.

WikiTree for Canadian Genealogy
Frustrated with online public family trees? Wish you could do more with your own family tree? WikiTree is the free world-wide family tree where genealogists collaborate. Discover why WikiTree is different, and how you can build exceptional ancestral profiles with biographies, sources, photos and more. Explore Canadian categories and projects you can contribute to and use to enhance your family tree.

To arrange speaking opportunities, please email us at:


kathryn @ looking4ancestors . com [remove the spaces]