In this guest post, Presenter Lisa A. Alzo breaks down her sessions on Canadian immigration records and tracking down evasive female ancestors at the Family Tree Universitys Fall 2012 Virtual Genealogy Conference:
Secrets to Tracing Female Ancestors
When I started my genealogy research over 22 years ago, I began with a female ancestor: my maternal grandmother. This was before the Internet and without the luxury of FamilySearch, the Ellis Island Database or Ancestry.com. Nothing like starting out with a challenge! But I used the information available to mefamily documents, interviews, church records, court documents and microfilmas well as made trips to the library and visited the places she had lived. I was thus able to learn the details of her life, which I chronicled in my book Three Slovak Women. In my Virtual Conference session, Secrets for Tracing Female Ancestors, I will reveal my secrets for locating and using online and offline resources, and will share other tips and tricks youll need to find the elusive women in your family tree!
Canadian Immigration Records
As a child, my family would visit my fathers cousin in Ontario, Canada. At the time I fleetingly wondered why he lived so far away, but never questioned it until I became a genealogist and began tracking down clues about my Alzo ancestors. Curiosity led me to investigate sources in Canada, with some very interesting and surprising results! If you have ancestors who immigrated to Canada (or even think its a possibility), then join me for the session Canadian Immigration Records, where Ill walk you through the basics of searching in the Great White North. Youll learn about websites, databases and printed resources to help you locate passenger lists, border crossings and other immigration records, as well as search secrets to draw your ancestors out of hiding!
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