What I Did This Summer

Do you remember the essay you usually had to write the first week of school about what you did this summer? Well I thought I would fill you in on what I did this summer.

 

The summer started with completing client work.  I enjoy client work because it provides me with the opportunity to do research. Each project is completely different and there is always an element of surprise. Next it was preparing for the speaking engagements that were coming up in September, October and November. Lectures had to be created/updated, syllabus material had to be sent in and travel details organized.

 

While my client work and lecture preparation did keep me fairly busy I did manage to squeeze in a holiday this summer. Those that know me will understand that it was a trip to a genealogy conference. Every holiday I take has some element of genealogy be it a conference, research or both.

 

My conference buddy and I traveled to Minneapolis Minnesota to attend the Celtic Connections Conference co-hosted by IGSI (Irish Genealogical Society International) and TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association). It was a two day conference and the featured speakers were: John Grenham, Dr. Bruce Durie, William Rouslton, Brian Donovan, Brian Mitchell and a good selection of local speakers. I went to hear these experts speak and wasn’t disappointed.

 

The lectures were informative and entertaining. Topics included: Irish place names, landed estate records, land valuations, Scottish research, records at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and many more. It was an information filled weekend. We attended the banquet on Friday night and heard Kieran Folliard speak on “The Changing Face of an Irish Immigrant.” He is an Irish immigrant who lives and works in the Minneapolis area.

 

Minnesota Genealogical Society Library and Research Center

Minnesota Genealogical Society Library and Research Center

 

Minnesota Genealogical Society Library and Research Center

Minnesota Genealogical Society Library and Research Center

 

Minnesota Genealogical Society Library and Research Center

Minnesota Genealogical Society Library and Research Center

The day before the conference started we went to visit the Minnesota Genealogical Society Library and Research Center in the morning. Their collection includes a large Irish and Canadian section.

 

First Avenue Club

First Avenue Club

 

First Avenue Club Wall of Fame

First Avenue Club Wall of Fame

 

In the afternoon we went on a tour of Minneapolis/St. Paul so that we could see a bit of the area. This included Minnehaha Falls, The First Avenue club where Prince got his start and the house from the Mary Tyler Moore Show. The tour was a good way to see Minneapolis/St. Paul. I had never visited Minneapolis before and wanted to see some of it. It was also the first time I saw the Mississippi River.

 

Mississippi River

Mississippi River

 

Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Falls

 

We spent most of our time driving to and from the conference but it was a lovely drive through Northern Ontario, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota and the weather cooperated. I hadn’t been that far North in Ontario since the mid-1970s so it brought back some memories.

Standing in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario looking at Sault Ste. Marie Michigan.

Standing in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario looking at Sault Ste. Marie Michigan.

 

 

I love conferences. It is a chance to learn new things and meet new people. It was a small conference so the chance to meet and chat was easier than some of the bigger ones. My conference buddy and I even got a chance to get to know the speakers who kindly shared their knowledge with us.

 

It was a great time. This was the second time this conference has been held. It is shared between Minnesota and Massachusetts and will be held in Massachusetts in 2018.

 

If you have a chance to go to a genealogy conference then I would recommend giving it a try. If some of the bigger conferences are out of reach then attend a regional one. Every conference is a learning experience and you never know who you might meet.

 

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The Passionate Genealogist’s Upcoming Speaking Events

Photo Courtesy of Heritage Mississagua

Photo Courtesy of Heritage Mississagua

Last weekend I presented a workshop at the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO). This was the beginning of a very busy Fall for speaking engagements. I am speaking every weekend except Thanksgiving! Here are the event details.

 

Please contact the Event Organizers to register and I hope to see you all at some point this Fall.

 

October 1st

 

Oakville Public Library

 

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Researching your Irish Family History from Canada

 

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Scottish Research from Afar

 

October 15th

 

Heritage Mississauga

 

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Family History Blogging: Cousin Bait

 

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Along the Family History Trail: How to find your way

 

October 22-23

 

Great Canadian Genealogy Summit

 

9:15 am – 10:15 am From Canada to Ireland: How to Get There

 

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Calling all Irish Ancestors: Researching Irish Records

 

 

October 29th

 

Durham Region Branch Ontario Genealogical Society “A Day of Learning”

 

9:30 am – 10:30 am – Researching Your English and Welsh Ancestors

 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Researching Your Irish Family History from This Side of the Pond

 

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Researching your Scotch-Irish Ancestors: Canada and Beyond

 

November 5th

 

Oakville Public Library

 

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Researching Your English and Welsh Ancestors

 

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Organizing Genealogy and Technology: The Top Ten List

 

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