2016: My Year in Review


2016 was a very busy year for me. Lectures were at the forefront and I was helping clients learn more about their family history.

January is always a month to prepare for the year in advance. I take the time to get caught up as well as layout my future plans.

In February, June and October I presented full day workshops at Heritage Mississauga.

March means St. Patrick’s Day and this year I was presenting an Irish lecture for the Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. It was one of the largest turnouts for a branch meeting. In April I was presenting to the Etobicoke Genealogy Group.

May is the month I head up to Orillia Public Library to present a lecture to their Genealogy Club.

The Ontario Genealogical Society has their conference in June and this year I presented a lecture. It is always a fun event where we can catch up with other genealogists while learning new things and of course we can’t forget the marketplace!

In September I had the opportunity to present a workshop at the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa. This is a great group of people who present a wonderful conference every year. This was the start of a very busy autumn.

October was my busiest month. The only weekend I had off was Thanksgiving. The first weekend of October I presented two lectures at the Oakville Public Library. After Thanksgiving I presented a workshop for Heritage Mississauga.

Then there was the inaugural launch of the Great Canadian Genealogy Summit. This was a wonderful conference put together by three Canadian genealogists. I presented two lectures on Irish research. There were people from around North America in attendance.

The month ended with a full day workshop at Durham Region OGS. I presented three lectures that day and the attendees were full of enthusiasm.

November was my last lecture of 2016 and it was another full day workshop at the Oakville Public Library.

In-between my lectures I did client work and researched several projects I am working on. I enjoy client work as it means I get a variety of research problems to work on. No two families are the same.

My 2017 lecture schedule is booking fast and I’m looking forward to presenting in some new venues.

All the best to everyone for 2017! It will be a big year with Canada’s Sesquicentennial celebrations!

I hope you all break down at least one family history brick wall in 2017!

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