British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
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Saturday, May 13
They Didn't Write Names on These!: Decoding the Postcard
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive Nepean, Ontario
The postcard was the most common means of written communication during the First World War, and photo studios regularly printed portraits on postcard paper so they could be mailed. But all too often, photo postcards that we find are unidentified. Using images from Dr Jonathan F. Vance’s own collection of 30,000 postcards, he will go through a few of the 'trade secrets' for getting information out of anonymous photos.
 
About the Speaker
Jonathan F. Vance is Distinguished University Professor and J.B. Smallman Chair in the Department of History at Western University, where he teaches Canadian and military history and social memory. A native of Waterdown, Ontario, he holds degrees from McMaster University, Queen’s University, and York University. He is the author of many books and articles, including Death So Noble: Memory, Meaning, and the First World War (1997), A Gallant Company: The True Story of “The Great Escape” (2003), and Building Canada: People and Projects that Shaped the Nation (2006). His most recent books are Unlikely Soldiers: How Two Canadians Fought the Secret War Against Nazi Occupation (2008), A History of Canadian Culture (2009), and Maple Leaf Empire: Canada, Britain and Two World Wars (2011).



Saturday, October 14
The Drouin Collection – Research Strategies
9:00 am to 9:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive Nepean, Ontario
While the Drouin Collection offers an invaluable source of vital records for those searching for ancestors in Quebec and some surrounding areas, it can be quite challenging to decipher what was recorded. From understanding the French terms to collecting signatures, researchers can improve the results of their efforts by using these and other simple research strategies.  
 
About the Speaker
Growing up, Susan Davis learned lots about her Protestant roots while visiting family in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. During one trip, she visited the two cemeteries in her father’s home town of East Angus. It turned out that while her great grandfather Edward John Henry Dearden was buried in the Protestant cemetery, her great grandmother Mary Ann Dougherty was buried in the Catholic cemetery. For the past year, Susan has been researching her Irish Catholic roots and recently found out through a DNA test that she is 31% Irish.