Gene-O-Rama & QFHS – 2018

I recently discovered two more Canadian Genealogy Conferences.  I’m undecided if I will attend either of them as yet, but they do look pretty tempting!

GENE-O-RAMA – Presented by the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society April 13 & 14, 2018 at the Confederation Education Centre on Woodroffe Ave, in Ottawa Ontario.  If interested, you can register for the two day event and workshop for beginner genealogists.

QFHS – The Quebec Family History Society will hold it’s International Conference May 18-20, 2018 at McGill University in Montreal Quebec.  The first day of the conference will be Ancestry Friday, followed by Opening Ceremonies with the rest of the lectures and activities held Saturday and Sunday.

The schedules for both conferences look really tempting and I just want to sign up for all of the conferences …

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Traitors, Spies & Heroes – Jennifer DeBruin

Last night I attended the Smith’s Falls and District Historical Society monthly lecture held at the Smith’s Falls Heritage House Museum, where Jennifer DeBruin gave her talk entitled “Traitors, Spies & Heroes – Loyalist Espionage During the American Revolution“.

Jennifer’s talk was an entertaining evening of story telling about some key members of the Smith family that founded Smith’s Falls, along with several other notable characters that founded some of the other communities along the Rideau corridor.

This talk was especially exciting for me since I have St. Lawrence Region Loyalist ancestors that I am researching, and now need to find out if they also might have done spy work for the Crown! I’ll be poking around some more in the Haldimand Papers at Library and Archives Canada

It was a great talk for anyone interested in learning about the spy network that existed during the Revolutionary War, citizen life in the colonies of New York and New Hampshire/Vermont, Loyalist movements during the war and settlement afterward.  As anyone who has studied the Revolutionary War knows, it was a civil war where hard choices had to be made, almost a century before the American Civil War, and no one was allowed to remain neutral.

Jennifer will be presenting this talk at the The American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley Conference June 7-10 2018 hosted by the Fort Plain Museum.  Check out Jennifer’s upcoming events and past publications.

World Building Workshop with Derek Kunsken

This week I had the opportunity to attend a World Building Workshop hosted by The Ottawa Independent Writers at the Hintonburg Community Center.  This two hour workshop given by Author Derek Kunsken had a wealth of valuable points to consider when thinking about how you want to shape the setting of your novel.

While Derek is a successful Science Fiction author, he approached the topic from a All-Genre  angle, referring to World Building as a writer’s core crafting tool rather than something that was only used by genre fiction writers.  Any setting that may require some research has to be built.  And science fiction and fantasy genres were cases of “extreme setting”.  It was refreshing to hear references from Literary Classics, Historical Fiction, and Historical Romance, as well as Science Fiction and Fantasy all used to illustrate story building points throughout the workshop.

Derek is the author of The Quantum Magician due out later in 2018.  Although Derek’s focus is in the science fiction genre, he dabbles in other fields too.  Check out his list of publications.  Derek is also developing longer length writing workshops.  Something to keep an eye out for in the near future.