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Becoming a Genealogy N.I.N.J.A.
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Becoming a Genealogy N.I.N.J.A. @ WEBINAR | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
All genealogists have hit a brick wall at one point or another. For the new researcher this can be a painful and frustrating experience. Using sound genealogical research methodology is the first step in overcoming brick walls.
The lecture will introduce learners to the NINJA approach to doing genealogical research. NINJA is an acronym that stands for Needs, Investigation, Notation, Justification, and Assessment. This approach represents a fresh look at the Genealogical Proof Standard that is designed specifically to assist beginner and intermediate researchers with overcoming brick wall problems in their research faster than guess work or haphazard research. We’ll look at real-world examples to demonstrate how the presenter used the NINJA method to overcome brick walls in his own research.

Speaker: Daniel Earl is essentially a family man. His interest in genealogy was sparked at age 10 when he visited the grave of his great-grandfather with his own father which has led to a 25-year journey in family history. He has since taken his own five children to that same spot in hopes of inspiring interest in their own ancestors. He has a Masters degree in psychology and teaches at the collegiate level. He is a member of the Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society, President of the Michigan Chapter of the Hungarian Genealogical Society, helped found the Clinton County Michigan Genealogy group, and he is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild. 

After Daniel’s presentation, we’ll be moving into virtual “break-out rooms”. This will be an opportunity for you to connect and chat about family history with your fellow attendees in an informal small-group setting.
Using Evernote for Genealogy
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Are you afraid to close your browser for fear of losing something important? Ever filed something away carefully on your computer in a folder never to see it again? Is your desktop a mass of random documents you put there so you could find them again? Want a better way of handling the things you find?

Speaker Linda Yip uses a program so good you’d think it was made for genealogy. She’ll talk about the dos and don’ts of filing, and how Evernote has made her a better genealogist. She has been doing genealogy since the mid-90s and recently went pro. An ex-BigLaw executive legal assistant who’s seen and used every kind of filing style imaginable, Linda has developed techniques for using Evernote in genealogy that you might really enjoy.

Speaker: Linda Yip is a writer, a photographer, and a storyteller, as well as being a genealogist. Linda writes about her latest genealogy finds from tools to uncovered family stories on her blog She’s an active member of the BC and SK genealogy societies and is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Her passions are the history of the Chinese in Canada, Force 136, her growing collection of 30K+ images, and keeping her finds organized! Most weekends you’ll find her curled up on the couch with her laptop, either researching or writing about genealogy.
HMS Speedy: Tragedy and Mystery
Mar 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
HMS Speedy: Tragedy and Mystery @ WEBINAR | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

The presentation “HMS Speedy: Tragedy and Mystery” will outline the true Canadian history story of the British gunboat, HMS Speedy, that disappeared in a storm near Presqu’ile Point in October 1804, with the loss of all 20 souls on board. Why did the Speedy sail to begin with? Who were the people on board and what were their family connections? What were the political conditions that changed Captain Paxton from a good civil servant into a tragic hero? Then, the discussion moves to the modern day and deals with the search for the remains of the ship, focused around the efforts of Ed Burtt, a professional diver from Belleville who was certain he had found remains of the Speedy during underwater survey work off Presqu’ile Point in the early 1990s. Why is it still a mystery? So many questions—all to be answered in this engaging talk that is based on Dan Buchanan’s recent book “The Wreck of HMS Speedy: The Tragedy That Shook Upper Canada”.

Speaker Dan Buchanan is a genealogist and historian. Known as a local “history guy,” Dan is involved in many organizations and projects in the Brighton area related to history and heritage.