Friday, March 1, 2013

What Lies Beneath: Cantley Before the Great Flood

Please join us for a joint meeting of the Gatineau Valley Historical Society and Cantley 1889 Society.

President, Marc Cockburn, will take us on multimedia voyage up the Cantley side of Gatineau river, using Google Earth and archival photos and maps to reconstruct how the river looked before much of its natural and built environment was flooded in 1927, as a result of the construction of the hydro dams at Chelsea and Farmer’s Rapids.

Come early to see a display of artifacts and images from the river and the logging era, and to stroll along, or view, the Gatineau River shoreline of La Grange.

WHEN: Monday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: La Grange de la Gatineau, 80 chemin Summer, Cantley (just northeast of Ottawa)

The web site of the Gatineau Valley Historical Society is

The website of the Cantley 1889 Society is

FamilySearch Library Changes Hours

If you are going to Salt Lake City after April 13th, the Family History Library will change its Saturday hours to 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Previously, it had been open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

“This change is being made so that valuable staff and volunteer resources can be allocated to other busier times during the week that have greater patron demand,” said Don Anderson, director of the Family History Library. “This change will facilitate better service to patrons during the high-demand hours.”

To see the hours that the library is open during the week, if

National Institute for Genealogical Studies Announces New Course: Creating Genealogy Programs for Adults & the Younger Generation.

Just read this press release from Louise St. Denis –

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is proud to announce its newest course, Creating Genealogy Programs for Adults & the Younger Generation. This course was written by genealogist Jennifer Holik, author of numerous books about developing genealogy programs for children, societies, and libraries. The first course start date is Monday, March 4, 2013 and will be offered every three months.

Engaging adults in genealogy has typically been a concern of genealogical societies rather than libraries. Today however, many libraries are creating adult genealogy groups and programs. Attendance for these programs is easier to obtain than perhaps a youth program in genealogy. But, these libraries are also looking for ways to engage the youth in genealogy. The problem lies in how to capture their interest and create a program that will convey the basics of research in a way that is both meaningful and engaging.

This course provides an example of creating an adult genealogy program first, as a way to lay the foundation for a youth program. It follows with examples of youth programs for those in grades one through twelve. The examples are laid out into one hour, one and a half-hour, half-day, and full-day workshops and cover the basics of research while also incorporating social and local history. The final result is a rich and useful youth genealogy program. Requirements and suggestions on assisting youth who are earning Scout badges follows and finally, you will take the youth workshop beyond the classroom. Suggestions for continuing your own genealogical education, create and provide additional resources for your organization, and connect with others.

About this course, instructor Jennifer Holik remarked, “This course is important because we should be reaching out to the next generation and passing down our history, stories, research skills, and love of genealogy so these things won't be lost. Through the many examples presented, students will be walked through creating various programs which will make it easier for them to get started.”

“Creating Genealogy Programs for Adults & the Younger Generation would make an excellent choice as an elective to our librarianship certificate program” says National Institute for Genealogical Studies Director, Louise St Denis. Not just limited to librarians, this course is also suitable for genealogy society leaders, archivists, professional genealogists, or teachers.

For more information, contact Louise St Denis by going to the website or email her at 1-800-580-0165 (North American)416-861-0165039 018 5544 ( Australia and New Zealand)020 3239 3835 (United Kingdom)Skype: louisestd