PROGRAMME

FRIDAY OCT 13

Optional DAY AT THE ARCHIVES: take advantage of the opportunity to research in the provincial archives. The day starts with the staff giving us an overview of the holdings. Then it is off to the archives to get tucked into the records.

LOYALIST WORKSHOP: Join Kathryn Lake Hogan, former Dominion genealogist at UELAC, to get the help you really want researching your Loyalist ancestor with past UELAC Dominion Genealogist, Kathryn Lake Hogan UE. Kathryn will host a hands-on workshop on Friday, October 13 where she will help you to understand the documentation required for the lineage designation. THEN you will go to the Nova Scotia archives where you can search for some of the documents you will need.

REGISTRATION OPENS at 5 PM followed by a light reception.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jan Raska from Pier 21 will share with us what the immigration experience was like for our immigrant ancestors, regardless of their port of entry.

SATURDAY OCT 14

The learning begins in earnest!

8:00 – light breakfast

EXPO HALL OPENS

8:30 – SESSION 1

  •    choice 1: 

Striving for Freedom: The Black Loyalist Sierra Leone Migration and the African by Dr Isaac Saney

Nova Scotia Struggle for Self-Determination
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.

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Finding Your Home Child Ancestor Who Settled in the Maritimes by 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 Types of records, where they have been archived and which ones have been indexed will be discussed.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.

SESSION 2:

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The Forgotten Loyalists of Guysborough County by Betty 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.

  • choice 2

How to Best Use DNA Tests for your Genealogy Research

Louis 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.

SESSION 3:

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The Odyssey of Pierre Poirier/Perry During the Acadian Great Upheaval by Georges 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.

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Taking Root in a New Land by Cheryl 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.

LUNCH – enjoy lunch on us and take the time to network with other attendees, chat with the speakers or attend the pop up mini sessions taking place in the Expo Hall

SESSION 4:

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From the Scottish Highlands & Islands to Canada by Christine Woodcock

Following the defeat at Culloden, the Highland way of life changed dramatically. One of the largest impacts, of course, were the Highland Clearances. The Clearances extended to the Western Isles and led to thousands of Scots leaving their homeland and emigrating to Canada.

In this talk we will look at the major events that led to mass migration:

  1. Prisoners of War
  2. Military Men
  3. The Clearances
  • choice 2:

The Twisted Thread

Jim Benedict shows us how using Y-DNA testing we can determine both the ancient roots of a surname and then recent timelines to match
cousins to a common family tree.

SESSION 5: 

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Acadian’s Bastion in Canada West? by Christine 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.

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What John T. Middlemore’s Home Children Left Behind in Birmingham, England                                   by 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.

 

SESSION 6:

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What does Samuel Holland’s survey tell us about the presence of Acadians on the Island before and after the 1758 Deportation? by Georges 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.

  • choice 2: 

Military Men, Covenanters and Jacobites: Historic Events That Led to Mass Emigration by Christine 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

EXPO HALL remains open for shopping and demonstrations

 

SUNDAY, OCT 15

8:00 – light breakfast

EXPO HALL OPENS

9:00 – SESSION 1:

  •    choice 1:

A Dark and Stormy Night

A late-night drive by Jim Benedict to a deserted barn uncovers a trove of thousands of family documents. This leads the speaker into a “massive project” of preserving the histories of families of one surname.

  • choice 2:

How to Best Use DNA Tests for your Genealogy Research

Louis 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.

SESSION 2:

  • choice 1:

New England Planters and Loyalists

The presentation by Brian Laurie-Beaumont 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.

  • choice 2:

The Impact of John T. Middlemore’s Decision to Settle Home Children around Fredericton, New Brunswick from 1885 to 1891 – 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

SESSION 3: 

  • choice 1:

An African-Canadian Family History Mystery

In this talk, Mags Gaulden shares her 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.

  • choice 2:

Using Autosomal DNA Analysis to Help Find Your Relatives

In this talk, Louis Kessler will take you through your Autosomal DNA results and show you how to make sense of your match information and segment information.