Conference 2020

Prince Albert Branch Excited About “2020 Vision” Conference Lineup

The Prince Albert Branch of the SGS is hosting the provincial conference “2020 Vision: Seeking Ancestors Using DNA and Digital Tools.” The members are excited to see the program coming into focus with a mixture of onsite and virtual presenters.


Plenary Session (More Coming)

“Secrets and Shenanigans: How AncestryDNA Helped with an Unexpected Mystery” by Lesley Anderson

When my 88-year-old friend’s adoptive mother died in 1952, she left an envelope with her adoption papers. I thought researching her family tree would be easy. Little did I know that I would spend over 2 years of research, building multiple family trees and sending out many DNA kits! Using this case study we will go through the process to show how you can use AncestryDNA with your family tree and research to break down brick walls and discover your real story.


Concurrent Sessions (More Coming)

“Getting the Most Out of Researching on Ancestry” by Lesley Anderson

This presentation is a basic overview of how to use Ancestry’s Canadian website,, but there are many useful tips and hints for anyone starting out on Ancestry no matter which country you’re researching in.


Topics to help you get the most out of your search on include the Home page, the Search page the Card Catalogue, Global Search, Searching by location and category i.e. Census, Birth, Marriage and Death, Immigration, Military, Individual Databases. Helpful search tips will also be covered.


“How to Digitize Your Legacy Family Photos and Documents” by Art Taylor (Virtual)

Are you tired of hauling out the slide projector and screen to see the slides in your collection? Does your slide projector still work? Do you have shoe boxes or plastic bins filled with prints and negatives you haven’t seen in years? Wouldn’t it be great to pop a DVD into the player, sit back with your feet up and watch slides and prints on TV?


This clinic will give tips on how to convert your legacy prints, negatives, and slides to a digital format that can be combined with your digital camera’s images and shared in several ways. You’ll get tips on: features to look for when purchasing a scanner; tips about the software that you’ll need to use with a scanner; file formats to use for your scanned images; how to archive and backup your new digital files; and how to produce electronic slide shows on DVD that can be viewed on a standard HDTV and posted on your web site or sites like YouTube. You’ll also see some of the techniques and tools used to restore faded or physically damaged original images so they look almost like new.


“Research and Share the Social Media Way” by Lianne Kruger (Virtual)

Social media can help you with researching your family, help and training, how to share information, and meet distant relatives in multiple platforms.

In this beginner-intermediate session, we will discuss researching your family, research help and training, sharing information with others, and meeting distant relatives.


The platforms we will evaluate are Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Blogs, and Instagram.


“Using AncestryDNA to Power Your Family History Research” by Lesley Anderson

Lesley Anderson will cover tips on getting the most out of your DNA results and the new tools we can use to discover more about our ancestry and DNA.


“Finding Women Homesteaders in Saskatchewan” by Connie Gerwing

Under the Homestead Act only women heads of households were allowed to apply for a homestead in Western Canada. Besides this barrier to women homesteaders there was also a barrier of language and culture for the many non-British women. This presentation will look at finding German speaking and Ukrainian/Polish women who managed to apply for homesteads in the early settlement days of Saskatchewan. Using a database, block settlement maps and land descriptions it was possible to find a number of these women who applied and filed on their own homesteads in those early years.


“Write on the Back of Your Digital Images” by Art Taylor (Virtual)

Adobe Bridge is a free program from Adobe. It works with both Windows and MacOS, letting the user add the digital equivalent of notes written on the back of a photo print or on a slide mount to identify the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How behind each image. It works with both digital camera photos and with those scanned from paper prints, negatives, or slides. The IPTC Cultural Heritage Panel, also a free download, was created by a group of professional librarians, museum curators, and archivists to provide places for such pros and the general public to enter information in a digital format to help all users of such digital images learn who and what are shown in a particular image. Text entered in these data fields is fully searchable, so if you want to find all of the photos in a collection containing a relative’s name, you could enter the name in a search box and quickly find all of the relevant photos.

Anyone, regardless of level of experience, who has digital images, whether from a digital camera or from scanned photos and documents, can benefit from this presentation. Those whose research has yielded information about the Who, When, Where, Why, and How of individual digital images will learn how that research can be included digitally with their images.


“Ancestry Online Trees” by Lesley Anderson

Online trees are a great way to organize your finds and connect with other family historians who share your ancestry and may have information to share. If you already have your tree on Ancestry or maybe you’re reluctant to put up your tree publicly online, this presentation will show you tips and techniques to make the most out of your family tree at Ancestry.


“Searching SaskArchives New Catalog Plus” by Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan

The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan will be presenting on its new public access catalogue AtoM, and how to search and use this database. The presentation will also include an update on our move, as well as reference services and distance research services. The presentation will be led by one of our Reference Archivists.


“Use YouTube to See Your Family with 20/20 Vision” by Lianne Kruger (Virtual)

Lianne will show and discuss the following reasons to use YouTube in family history:

YouTube has a video for everything you want to learn, and she will show how to find genealogical tutorial topics. Create your own videos using your phone, tablet or PowerPoint. Create your own channel to store, as a backup, and share, with family, old home videos. Also store and share videos (Vlogging) you create to document your family history.


“Cautions and Unexpected Revelations When Using DNA to Grow Your Family Tree” by Tammy Tipler-Priolo (Virtual)

This lecture will discuss cautions while using DNA to build your family tree including privacy, trustworthiness, making contact with others, the ever-changing field, etc. as well as unexpected revelations including half siblings, community connections, adoptions, etc. Knowing the pitfalls and where to step when building your tree with DNA results will help you to stay on track and give you confidence that you are tracing the correct family lines.


“Self-Publishing on Amazon” by Johanne Gervais (Virtual)

This presentation will provide participants with an overview on how to self-publish on Areas covered will be 1). Why is one of the best self-publishing services for genealogists who wish to share their family history material with a broader audience and 2). The publishing process, which includes all the steps required to self-publish on


“Free Digital Tools for Canadian Genealogists & Beyond” by Tammy Tipler-Priolo (Virtual)

This lecture will discuss digital tools that are free to use by any genealogist including databases, social media, archives, libraries, blogs, websites, etc. Genealogy as a hobby can get quite expensive. Learn ways to find information on your ancestors for free. Learn the tricks and tips of the trade that all professionals have been using for years. Everyone likes to save a buck and get something for nothing and this lecture will show you where to go and how to go about saving and learning at the same time.


“Myth-Busting Ancestry” by Lesley Anderson

There seems to be misinformation about Ancestry and this session will bust those myths and misconceptions! This is an opportunity to ask your questions, solve your dilemmas, and learning tips and tricks.


Registration for the Conference will be done online and opens 20-January 2020

Early Registration (ends 1-March 2020) …………………………………… $125.00

Regular Registration* (after 1 March 2020) ………………………………. $150.00

Pre-paid Banquet Ticket* …………………………………………………………. $40.00

Pre-paid Printed Syllabus* ……………………………………………………….. $15.00

Syllabus on a USB* …………………………………………………………………… Free

*All close 9 April 2020

Vendor table   $75.00