Whether you are new to genealogy or have been researching your family for years, there is always room to learn something new. We offer English and French webinars on a wide variety of genealogical topics.


Below is a list of our upcoming webinars:


Fascinating Finds: Family History Resources at the McCord Museum

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Date and Time: Wednesday, 19 August 2020 - 19:30 EDT
Language: English
Description: Learn how the McCord Museum’s online and in-person resources can help you in your search for genealogical information.
The McCord Museum has a wealth of objects relating to individuals and families and their daily lives, work, and leisure activities. From photographs, paintings, prints and drawings, to archival holdings, and more, the focus is not only on Montreal and Montrealers, but also includes other regions of Quebec.

This webinar will demonstrate how to search for images and objects, digitized archival documents, and other, little-known resources available through the McCord Museum’s website. It will also introduce the viewer to additional information that can be uncovered during an in-person appointment in the Archives and Documentation Centre. This includes a quick survey of the contents of the internal database and the analog finding aids for the as-yet uncatalogued portions of the Notman Photographic Archives.
Presenter: Heather McNabb, Ph.D., Reference Archivist, McCord Museum
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The Lalondes in Canada

Judy

Date and Time: Wednesday, 28 October 2020 – 20:30 EDT
Language: English
Description: Judy Gauthier has been researching the origins of her father for several years, in particular her great-grandfather Alfred Lalonde. Judy will talk about the history of the Lalondes, the sources she used, how to find them and the process she used to compile the information.
Presenter: Judy Gauthier
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Eeyou Istchee: Land of the Cree

Louise Abbott

Date and Time: Sunday, 6 December 2020 – 13:30 EST
Language: English
Description: In 1975 the Quebec government signed a landmark accord with indigenous peoples in the northern reaches of the province after it initiated the first of several large-scale hydroelectric projects in James Bay. Since then, the once nomadic Cree of the region have undergone dramatic changes in their way of life. Today they reside in self-governed modern communities. But the bush and the traditions that evolved there remain central to their identity.

In the spirit of truth and reconciliation, Louise Abbott will share her observations about the history and contemporary life of the Cree of northern Quebec based on her collaborations with various Cree groups over a period of eleven years. She will include photographs and film excerpts.

To view a short video trailer that Louise created about Eeyou Istchee: Land of the Cree, a book she wrote, co-photographed, and designed, visit:
Eeyou Istchee: Land of the Cree
Presenter: Louise Abbott
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BMS2000 Database

BMS2000

Date and Time: Thursday, 9 July 2020 – 20:00 EDT
Language: English
Description: Do you need a refresher course on the BMS2000 database? Do you need a few more tips and tricks to help find that elusive record or to narrow down your search results? If so, this webinar is for you.
Presenter: Johanne Gervais


RESEARCH, DNA AND SERENDIPITY: How I discovered who my ancestors really were

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Date and Time: Wednesday, 17 June 2020 – 19:30 EDT
Language: English
Description: Debbie Dee used to think that she had a good understanding of her family’s culture, history and ethnicity, until she started to research her family tree. She found out that her family’s information was mostly right about who they thought they were, but she also learned so much more about their heritage, including details that the family never knew about. She will talk about how traditional research got the ball rolling, DNA testing brought some new discoveries, and serendipity stepped in with some unexpected findings then literally delivered them to her doorstep.
Presenter: Debbie Dee


Stories from the Mount Royal Cemetery

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Date and Time: Wednesday, 6 May 2020 – 19:30 EDT
Language: English
Description: A virtual guided tour of famous people buried in Mount Royal Cemetery will bring to life many interesting personalities with facts and anecdotes linking them to important historic events. These great Montrealers, who have impressive monuments to commemorate them, played a major role in the rise of steamships, railways, banks, industries and institutions such as hospitals, schools and museums. This is a sequel webinar to the introduction to the Cemetery presented in March.
Presenter: Myriam Cloutier, Director of Heritage Programs at Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal


Des histoires du Cimetière Mont-Royal

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Date and Time: Monday, 20 April 2020 – 19:30 EDT
Language: French
Description: A virtual guided tour of famous people buried in Mount Royal Cemetery will bring to life many interesting personalities with facts and anecdotes linking them to important historic events. These great Montrealers, who have impressive monuments to commemorate them, played a major role in the rise of steamships, railways, banks, industries and institutions such as hospitals, schools and museums. This is a sequel webinar to the introduction to the Cemetery presented in March.
Presenter: Myriam Cloutier, Director of Heritage Programs at Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal


PRDH-IGD Database

PRDH

Date and Time: Wednesday, 15 April 2020 – 20:00 EDT
Language: English
Description: Mr. Bertrand Desjardins, Genealogist emeritus, PRDH-IGD, will provide an online demonstration of the PRDH database to show you all of its functionality and some tips to help you with your research.
Presenter: Mr. Bertrand Desjardins


Mount Royal Cemetery

Myriam

Date and Time: Monday, 23 March 2020 - 19:30 EDT
Language: English
Description: Myriam Cloutier, Director of Heritage Programs at Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal, will discuss the history and evolution of Mount Royal Cemetery (including Hawthorn-Dale and Belvedere Cemeteries) and stories of interesting burials and monuments. She will demonstrate how best to use the on-line genealogy search function and how to search for a monument if able to visit the cemetery in person. Myriam will also talk about the Friends of the Mount Royal Cemetery’s role in promoting and preserving Mount Royal Cemetery’s history through monument restoration, walking tours, and numerous publications.
Presenter: Myriam Cloutier


Base de données PRDH-IGD

PRDH

Date and Time: Wednesday, 19 February 2020 – 20:00 EST
Language: French
Description: Mr. Bertrand Desjardins, Genealogist emeritus, PRDH-IGD, will provide an online demonstration of the PRDH database to show you all of its functionality and some tips to help you with your research.
Presenter: Mr. Bertrand Desjardins


The Scots in Montreal and Quebec

Gillian

Date and Time: Thursday, 13 February 2020 - 19:00 EST
Language: English
Description: The Scots have played an important role in the development and history of Quebec since the advent of British control of the region after 1759. This presentation will provide an overview of the settlement of the Scots in the province (with an emphasis on Montreal), the development of their own cultural institutions such as the Presbyterian Church, voluntary associations such as St. Andrew’s Societies, the Sons of Scotland, and sports clubs organizing curling, golf and shinty. There are a number of resources available to the family researcher, looking for information on their Scottish-Quebec ancestors. These will be discussed, including the use of private or associational archives such as the St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal.
Presenter: Dr. Gillian Leitch


Cimetière Mont-Royal

Myriam

Date and Time: Monday, 20 January 2020 - 19:30 EST
Language: French
Description: Myriam Cloutier, Director of Heritage Programs at Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal, will discuss the history and evolution of Mount Royal Cemetery (including Hawthorn-Dale and Belvedere Cemeteries) and stories of interesting burials and monuments. She will demonstrate how best to use the on-line genealogy search function and how to search for a monument if able to visit the cemetery in person. Myriam will also talk about the Friends of the Mount Royal Cemetery’s role in promoting and preserving Mount Royal Cemetery’s history through monument restoration, walking tours, and numerous publications.
Presenter: Myriam Cloutier


FamilySearch

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Date and Time: Wednesday, 8 January 2020 - 19:00 EST
Language: English
Description: This live demonstration of FamilySearch will show you how to find more information about your ancestors in Quebec.
Presenter: Marcel Blais


Fenians in the Neighbourhood

Heather

Date and Time: Thursday, 28 November 2019 - 19:30 EST
Language: English
Description: Missisquoi Museum curator and a projects director for the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network, Heather Darch will discuss the community of Missisquoi County that lived close to the border during the Fenian Raids of 1866. While attention has been given to the Fenian soldiers, the Canadian and British militia units as well as the home guards during the Fenian Raids conflict, the citizens of the border region were also involved and directly affected by the military action that took place in what was a relatively quiet region in Quebec. From court documents, letters and diaries, the voices of those who lived along the border add another element to a fascinating local story and an important part of Canadian history.
Presenter: Heather Darch


FamilySearch

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Date and Time: Wednesday, 27 November 2019 - 19:00 EST
Language: French
Description: This live demonstration of FamilySearch will show you how to find more information about your ancestors in Quebec.
Presenter: Marcel Blais


Family Ancestrees

Sue

Date and Time: Wednesday, 23 October, 2019 - 19:00 EDT
Language: English
Description: Sue Sullivan, the Graphic Genealogist, is a professional Graphic Designer and owner of FMS Creative Inc. In 2010 she was bit by the genealogy bug and after several months of uncovering great aunts and third cousins (twice removed), inspiration struck. What would an extended family tree, full of cousins look like? As a visual person, she wanted more than a line chart. Sue wanted something visceral, a bold picture that told the story of generations. This was the genesis of Family Ancestrees. Sue will show us her very unique, personal way of showing off your family history as art!
Presenter: Sue Sullivan


Le monde fascinant de la généalogie génétique

Alain

Date and Time: Wednesday, 16 October, 2019 - 19:30 EDT
Language: French
Description: Since the British researcher Alec Jeffreys confirmed in 1984 by DNA tests the identity of a Ghanaian child threatened with expulsion, genetic genealogy has continued to develop. Employed today to elucidate historical controversies, to solve the unresolved, to identify the biological parents of an adopted child or simply to bring out "family tree brick walls" (non-parental events) in classical genealogy, DNA tests have become a complementary but essential tool for any self-respecting genealogist. What are these tests? What can they find? What are their limits? This is what I will have the pleasure to make you discover throughout this webinar!
Presenter: Alain Lachapelle


Using City Directories for Genealogical Research

Mark

Date and Time: Thursday, 19 September, 2019 - 19:00 EDT
Language: English
Description: Learn how to navigate the online Lovell's Directories for Montreal (1842-2010) and the Marcotte Directories for Quebec City (1822-1976) to understand more about your ancestors, their businesses, neighbours, and communities.
Presenter: Mark Gallop


Auto-publier vos histoires de famille

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Date and Time: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 20:00 EDT
Language: French
Description: Tracey Arial and Sandra McHugh will take you on the same journey they followed with the self-publishing of their book "Beads in a Necklace".
Presenters: Sandra McHugh and Tracey Arial

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Eastern Townships Resource Centre - Live Demo

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Date and Time: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 19:30 EDT
Language: English
Description: For over 30 years, the Eastern Townships Resource Centre (ETRC) has been a recognized organization for the study of the Eastern Townships of Quebec. As one of the top accredited archives in Quebec, the ETRC preserves the documentary heritage of the Eastern Townships and serves as an archival expertise resource for local heritage organizations. Jody will provide us with a live demonstration of the ETRC including how to explore the archives and search their extensive database.
Presenter: Jody Robinson



Self-Publishing Your Family Stories

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Date and Time: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 19:00 EDT
Language: English
Description: Tracey Arial and Sandra McHugh will take you on the same journey they followed with the self-publishing of their book "Beads in a Necklace".
Presenters: Sandra McHugh and Tracey Arial

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Assemblée annuelle des membres - Annual meeting of members

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Date and Time: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 19:30 EDT
Language: English and French
Description: Notre deuxième assemblée annuelle des membres de la Société Généalogique Virtuelle du Québec.
Tous les membres sont invités.

Our second annual meeting of members of the Québec Genealogical eSociety. All members are invited.
Presenter: Michael Laekas



Write Your Family Stories

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Date and Time: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 19:00 EDT
Language: English
Description: Inspirations, advice, tips and tricks: all you need to trace the footsteps of your ancestors and write their stories.
Presenters: Sandra McHugh and Tracey Arial

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By Many Other Names: Identifying Quebec-French Families in Northern NY State

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Date and Time: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 19:00 EST
Language: English
Description:This webinar will discuss the variations in Anglicized French family names in counties of Northern and Northeastern New York State (such as St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Franklin, as well as Washington counties).We will look at migration patterns during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and how to trace and track families in some of the original records using online sites and databases such as Ancestry.com/.ca, PRDH, and BMS2000.
Presenter: Pamela Vittorio


Écrire l'histoire de ses ancêtres

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Date and Time: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 19:00 EST
Language: French
Description: Inspirations, conseils, trucs et astuces : tout ce qu'il faut pour tracer les pas de ses ancêtres et écrire leurs histoires.
Presenters: Sandra McHugh and Tracey Arial

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The American Occupation of Montreal 1775-76

Mark

Date and Time: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 19:00 EST
Language: English
Description:The Continental Army marched northward in the early days of the revolution with the mistaken expectation that the
local populace could be won over to the rebel cause. Montrealers were not so easily convinced. Mark Gallop looks
at some of the places and fascinating people involved in the conflict, including Canadians who supported the American
side and therefore had to take refuge and eventually settle in New York State after the war.
Presenter: Mark Gallop

La maladie canadienne-française

Johanne

Date and Time: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 19:00 EST
Language: French
Description: En 1648, trois sœurs ont immigré en Nouvelle-France avec une maladie unique qui affecte actuellement une personne sur 1 000 personnes de descendance canadienne-française. Si vos ancêtres sont canadiens-français, cette conférence vous aidera à identifier les symptômes de cette maladie, mais surtout, cela montrera comment la généalogie a joué un rôle majeur dans le traçage de ses origines.
Presenter: Johanne Gervais



DNA Coaching

Jason

Date and Time: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 19:00 EST
Language: English
Description: Jason will walk you through some of the tools from testing sites such as AncestryDNA and Family Tree DNA to help you analyze your DNA results. Be prepared with your specific questions and to do some hands-on work during the session.


Prerequisites:
1. You must have received yours or one of your family member's DNA results.
2. Attended Jason’s "Family History Research Using Genetic Genealogy" webinar or reviewed his handout.
(Both are listed on the Past Webinars page.)
Presenter: Jason Porteous

Histoire, Géographie et Généalogie – Tracer les Frontières

Sandra

Date and Time: Monday, November 19, 2018 - 19:00 EST
Language: French
Description: Les évènements historiques et les changements de frontières à travers les décennies influence notre recherche et définit les Centres de Dépôts d’Archives que nous utilisons. Rechercher dans le Bassin de Gaspé et la Péninsule Gaspésienne nécessite une connaissance approfondie sur ces sujets afin d’être efficace et atteindre nos objectifs. Il y a beaucoup plus que ce que nous présumons initialement.
Presenter: Sandra Blanchette



DNA Coaching

Jason

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 19:00 EST
Language: English
Description: Jason will walk you through some of the tools from testing sites such as AncestryDNA and Family Tree DNA to help you analyze your DNA results. Be prepared with your specific questions and to do some hands-on work during the session.


Prerequisites:
1. You must have received yours or one of your family member's DNA results.
2. Attended Jason’s "Family History Research Using Genetic Genealogy" webinar or reviewed his handout.
(Both are listed on the Past Webinars page.)
Presenter: Jason Porteous

Irish Palatines in Quebec: Final Destination or Whistle-stop on the way to Ontario?

Carolyn

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 19:00 EST
Language: English
Description: The Irish Palatines are one of Canada’s invisible ethnic groups: separated by language, religion and ethnic background in Ireland, they found a hospitable environment when they immigrated to Ontario in the 18th and 19th centuries. Québec was a key destination, too. Many Irish Palatines who had first settled in New York arrived in Québec as Loyalists during the American Revolution. At the end of the war, most were settled on land in Ontario, but a few rogue Palatine Loyalists set up home in Québec's Missisquoi Bay. After the War of 1812, Irish Palatines emigrated directly from Ireland, some settling in southwestern Québec. Yet while they thrived in Ontario, their experience in Québec was quite different.
Carolyn talks about the Irish Palatines’ challenges and hardships as Irish Protestants in Québec as well as their migration to Ontario.
Presenter: Carolyn Heald

Searching Canadian Census Records with Automated Genealogy

Mark

Date and Time: Wednesday 17 October 2018, 7:00 pm EDT
Language: English
Description: The census indices on automatedgenealogy.com were built by hundreds of volunteers with local knowledge and comes with
powerful search functions and links to other records. Mark Gallop gives a tour of this free site with search tips and tricks to help you find that elusive relative.
Presenter: Mark Gallop

Family History Research Using Genetic Genealogy

Jason

Date and Time: Sat, Sep 15, 2018 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Language: English
Description: My presentation will be a general overview of genetic genealogy testing. It will highlight the differences between the three most common DNA tests that a person can do and provide some guidance on how or what the focus of each test is. The largest focus will be on autosomal testing as it involves all lines of a person's ancestry and is by far the most enjoyable for making new family connections and finding new cousins.

At the end of my presentation I will cover some of the tools that can be used at the testing sites as well as the third party site gedmatch.com.
Presenter: Jason Porteous

Diving into the Databases

Johanne

Date and Time: Sat, Aug 25, 2018 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Language: English
Description: How to go from the shallow end to the deep end in one easy lesson with the BMS2000, PRDH, and Fichier Origine databases.
Presenter: Johanne Gervais


Google Earth for Genealogists

Michael

Date and Time: Wednesday 18 July 2018, 7:00 pm EDT
Language: English
Description: Google Earth is a free tool that can be used by genealogists to uncover facts and add texture to the stories of peoples' lives.
This webinar will show you the basics of using Google Earth, examples of discovering and validating facts, and how it can be used to present information and stories to other people. Join us to learn how to be a Google Earth detective!
Presenter: Michael Baker

Does It Tell A Story?

Mark

Date and Time: Wednesday 20 June 2018, 7:00 pm EDT
Language: English
Description: Mark Gallop, an archives enthusiast, presented “DOES IT TELL A STORY? What should I do with all my inherited family keepsakes?
Digitization, distribution and disposal: Some lessons learned by an amateur family archivist.”
Presenter: Mark Gallop

History, Geography, and Genealogy - Tracing the Boundaries

Sandra

Date and Time: Wednesday 23 May 2018, 7:00 pm EST
Language: English
Description: Historical events and boundary changes through the centuries influence our research and define the
repositories we use. Researching in the Gaspé Basin and the Gaspé Peninsula requires intense knowledge
on these subjects in order to be efficient and reach our goals. There is more to it than we initially assume.
Presenter: Sandra Blanchette


Annual Meeting of Members

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Date and Time: Thursday 19 April 2018, 7:00 pm EST
Language: English
Description: This is the first Annual Meeting of members for the Québec Genealogical eSociety. All members are invited.
Presenter: Michael Laekas