The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit is Canada’s only national genealogy conference. The conference features all Canadian speakers. The Summit will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 13 – 15, 2017. Halifax was a main port of entry for many of our immigrant ancestors.


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Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about:

  • Immigration Resources,
  • Loyalist/Black Loyalist research,
  • Acadian/Cajun genealogy,
  • British Home Children in Canada
  • Early Scottish Settlers
  • DNA
  • Methodology
Full Conference - includes:
  • Friday night meal and Plenary
  • Saturday talks, breakfast and lunch
  • Sunday talks and breakfast
  • Research Day at the Archives
Spend time researching at the Nova Scotia Archives. There will be an overview by the staff as well as additional staff on hand to assist you that day
  • Dr Saney - Striving for Freedom
  • Patricia Roberts-Pichette -Finding Your Home Child Ancestor Who Settled in the Maritimes
Dr Saney - January 15, 2017 was the 225th anniversary of one of the most significant chapters in the historic efforts of Africans in the Americas to reconnect with Africa. It was a profound example of the conscious historical agency of Black Nova Scotians to assert their democratic rights and achieve self-determination. Dr Roberts-Pichette - Agencies settling home children in the Maritimes will be identified with emphasis on John T. Middlemore’s Children's Emigration Homes. Types of records, where they have been archived and which ones have been indexed will be discussed. Included will be examples of the different types of documents that may be obtained.
  • Betty Dobson - The Forgotten Loyalists of Guysborough County
  • Louis Kessler - How to Best Use DNA Tests for your Genealogy Research
Dobson - This presentation will highlight the often overlooked Loyalists who settled in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, after the American Revolution. The presentation will include family biographies and an exploration of the various sources available to researchers interested in tracing their Loyalist roots Kessler - Will introduce DNA basics, how the tests are done, what DNA tests are offered by what companies, and how to use the information you’ll get.
  • Georges Arsenault -The Odyssey of Pierre Poirier/Perry During the Acadian Great Upheaval
  • Cheryl Levy - Taking Root in a New Land
Arsenault - Pierre Poirier is the ancestor of a great number of Poiriers and Perrys in Canada and the USA. When the Deportation of the Acadians began in 1755, he was a young married man living in Tintamarre (N.B.). He escaped deportation twice and finally settled with his family in Prince Edward Island. Recently found documents from the 1760s have helped elucidate part of the family history. Levy - Immigration and migration must be explored as you build your ancestors' stories. Where did they come from? Why did they move? What was your immigrant ancestor's country of origin? We will examine some early (pre-1800) immigration groups and settlement plans, for those who chose to make Canada their new home.
  • Christine Woodcock - From the Highland and Islands to Canada
  • Jim Benedict - The Twisted Thread
Woodcock - Scots began leaving their homeland in droves following the Highland Clearances. Many saw the opportunities available to them in "New Scotland", so boarded ships and made their way Canada. Benedict - Using Y-DNA testing to determine both the ancient roots of a surname and then recent timelines to match cousins to a common family tree
  • Christine Landry Matamoros - Acadian Bastion in Canada West?
  • Dr Patricia Roberts-Pichette - What John T. Middlemore’s Home Children Left Behind in Birmingham, England
Landry Matamoros - Some French Canadian pioneers settling near the banks of Castor river in the eastern part of Canada West had a typical Acadian heritage. Originating from St.Jacques l’Achigan in Canada East, their grandparents had settle there after returning from their forced exile in Boston. Their new parish was named St.Jacques d’Embrun. From it sprang vitality and resilience reflecting their ancestors’ legacy. Dr Roberts-Pichette - The living conditions in the areas of Birmingham’s working class—the back-to-back houses and their enclosed courts and common lodging houses—will be described. Attempts made to improve the physical environment as well as social safety nets and places of refuge will also be discussed.
  • Georges Arsenault - What does Samuel Holland’s survey tell us about the presence of Acadians on the Island before and after the 1758 Deportation?
  • Christine Woodcock - Military Men, Covenanters and Jacobites: Historic Events that Led to Mass Emigration
Arseneault - In 1764-1765, surveyor Samuel Holland conducted a detailed survey of P.E.I. His correspondence, his report of the survey, and the large map that he created contain a substantial amount of information pertaining not only to the 30 Acadians families that were on the Island at the time of the survey, but also to the pre-Deportation Acadian community. Thanks to his detailed map, it is possible to locate precisely where the various villages were located. Woodcock - In order to be successful researching in the Scottish records, we need to know where in Scotland our ancestors came from. Bridging the gap between finding them in the North American records (birth, marriage, death and census records) and being able to locate them in the Scottish records may seem like a daunting task. However, it is often less of a challenge and more of a reward if you understand what brought them here in the first place. Some clues can be taken from the major historic events in Scottish history that led to Scots leaving their homeland
  • Jim Benedict - A Dark and Stormy Night
  • Louis Kessler - How to Best Use DNA Tests for your Genealogy Research
Benedict - A late-night drive to a deserted barn uncovers a trove of thousands of family documents. This leads the author into a “massive project” of preserving the histories of families of one surname. Kessler -Will introduce DNA basics, how the tests are done, what DNA tests are offered by what companies, and how to use the information you’ll get.
  • Brian Laurie- Beaumont - New England Planters & Loyalists
  • Dr Patricia Roberts- Pichette - The Impact of John T. Middlemore’s Decision to Settle Home Children around Fredericton, New Brunswick from 1885 to 1891
Laurie-Beaumont - The presentation will take the audience back to their Loyalist and sometimes New England Planter roots, key components of most early Nova Scotian families – even those of African origin or German. You cannot do genealogy on Maritime families without recourse to American resources for the 18th century and earlier Dr Roberts-Pichette - Two New Brunswickers on different transatlantic voyages, enthusiastically suggested that good homes could be found for children in New Brunswick. After 12 years settling children in Ontario, in 1885 John T. Middlemore started bringing small parties of juvenile immigrants to Fredericton for settlement. Results of this decision will be discussed.
  • Mags Gaulden - An African-Canadian Family History Mystery
  • Louis Kessler - Using Autosomal DNA Analysis to Help Find Your Relatives
Gaulden - Research into an African-Canadian Family History Mystery. Adoption and a well spun family story, the truth revealed through the use of traditional, forensic and genetic genealogy. Kessler - This talk will take you through your Autosomal DNA results and show you how to make sense of your match information and segment information.