May 3rd Meeting
The next AFHS meeting is on May 3 at the First Christian Reformed Church (FCRC); 3818 14a St SW.Basics Session: 6:30pmTopic: Preserving Our Heritage: Tips for safe and creative photo & document preservation.Irene OickleIrene will discuss how to safely preserve historic family photos and other documents in not only an archival safe manner, but one that is also creative and interesting.Irene enjoyed geography, but in 1968, she started to do historical research and found that to be more fascinating. Her mother sparked her interest in genealogy when she would tell the children that their grandfather was at an Indian Treaty signing. She starting with note books, then progressed to printed forms and now uses computer print outs to track her research. Irene was a member of the Alberta Genealogy Society and was the membership secretary the year the Alberta Family History Society got started.Main Meeting: 7:15pmTopic: What's New in British Research?
Peggy Franko; Ken Rees; Lorna Laughton & Lois SparlingThere is nothing new under the sun; so it's unlikely that a lot of previously-unknown sources for genealogical research in the British Isles could suddenly appear out of nowhere. Even if the records were always around, however, they can be new to us if they have recently become accessible, or more accessible than before. This can be because:
they have been opened to the public for the first time;
they have been printed in book or fiche form;
they have been digitized on the internet;
or, even better, they have been indexed in print or on the internet, or made searchable on the internet. Tonight's speakers will give us an overview of what's new in English, Welsh,
Scottish, and Irish research.
Peggy Franko has been a member of the AFHS since 1980, and has been chair of
the English SIG for many years. When she started her research, she had only
her mother's baptism certificate from Haworth, Yorkshire, in 1903; now she
knows that Patrick Bronte (father of the famous writers) baptized, married,
and buried many of her ancestors. Her father came from Yorkshire as well -
from the area of Pateley Bridge Ripon.
Ken Rees is currently the editor for the monthly AFHS newsletter, the Breeze.
Lorna Laughton joined the AFHS at its inception in 1980. She has researched
her own Scottish ancestors in Fifeshire, and her husband's Scottish ancestors
in Lanarkshire, Selkirkshire, Roxboroughshire, Aberdeen, Glasgow, and
Edinburgh. Currently her biggest challenge is to trace her great-great-
grandfather, John Campbell, who came to Canada from somewhere in Scotland in
Lois Sparling joined the AFHS about 1995. She has been on the Board of
Directors and has chaired the Irish SIG (now the Celtic SIG) for 2 years, in
addition to conducting a lengthy battle for the release of the 1906 special
census and now for the 1911 national census of Canada. Most of her ancestors
are of Irish origin.