Family history lectures in Montreal and Ottawa this Saturday

This Saturday, April 12, the Quebec Family History Society in Montreal and the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa offer free lectures to members and the public.

Quebec Family History Society

Gary Aitken will speak about the Protestant House of Industry and Refuge, founded in 1863, and its evolution into today’s Grace Dart Extended Care Centre. In the mid-1800s, Montreal did not have government workhouses, so the community stepped in to fill the void.

The lecture begins at 10:30 a.m. and will be held at Briarwood Presbyterian Church Hall, 70 Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield, Quebec.

British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa

The meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. with the Before BIFHSGO Education Talk that will be presented by Ken McKinlay, who will talk about Using Evernote for Genealogy Research. From 9:30 until 10:00 a.m., you will be able to browse the Discovery Tables and talk to Ken McKinlay about Evernote.

At 10:00 a.m., Ken Harley will give a talk about how he traced his wife’s GGGG-grandfather’s emigration from Inverurie, in Aberdeenshire Scotland through Ireland and on to the American Colonies in the early 1700s. He will also discuss why our ancestors would emigrate to what was essentially an unsettled wilderness.

This meeting will be held at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.


About Gail Dever

Gail Dever is a Montreal-based genealogist and blogger and a webmaster for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.
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