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Some Ideas for Breaking Brick Walls

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Program Description

Does investigating your family tree often find you hitting a brick wall? Does the frustration outweigh the joy of discovering your long-lost ancestors? Join expert genealogist and teacher Elizabeth Briggs to learn how to break down the brick walls standing between you and a completed family tree. Learn the secrets of tracing a place of origin. Discover the ins and outs of tracing your family name, also, the intricacies of family name spellings and what to do about name changes and a lack of legal records. Elizabeth will cover many more topics including: Transcription Errors, Bigamists, Finding people in the Census, Incorrect Information in the Census, Barking up the wrong tree, Incorrect Information in Parish Records, Using Less Familiar Records, Reading Old Handwriting, Looking for more clues. Schedule: Tuesday, November 15 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm This class will be held online. A Zoom link will be emailed to you after you register and again 24 hours before the class begins. Instructor Elizabeth Briggs spends time on family research, teaching genealogy and genealogical research for the government. Elizabeth has volunteered at the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives where she developed a database for almost ten thousand Servants’ Contracts from 1776-1926. Elizabeth has written or co-authored a number of books to help people research their family history. Some of these include: Biographical Resources at the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, Volumes One and Two, Before Modern Medicine: Diseases and Yesterday’s Remedies, and, York Factory Medical Journals, 1846-1849. Elizabeth has been an invited speaker to Smithers, B.C., the Ontario Genealogical Society Seminar, Orkney Family History Society, Scotland and Manitoba Genealogical Society. She has been Genealogist in Residence at the Millennium Library. Elizabeth has been a regular presenter at Winnipeg Libraries, Creative Retirement and the Brandon Genealogical Seminars. Elizabeth is a past president of the Manitoba Genealogical Society.

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