Roots Virtual Conference 2020

Discover Your Quebec Roots
[All Presentations in English]
Saturday October 03, 2020
Schedule of Events:
The Best Ways to Use the GénéalogieQuébec and P.R.D.H. Websites
With Gary Schroder, President, Q.F.H.S.
The Special Gaspe and Quebec City Genealogical Material in the Q.F.H.S. Heritage Centre
With Douglas Armstrong, Vice President, Q.F.H.S.
Notarial Records in Quebec
With Deborah Waddell, Vice-President, Q.F.H.S.
Digitization of Historical Documents and Photographs
With Gerry Mathews, President, Micromatt
12:00-12:30 Lunch
How Do You Find Your French-Canadian Ancestors?
With Luc Lépine, Ph.D., Military Historian and Author
Highlights of Genealogical Information on the Members-Only Section of the Q.F.H.S. Website
With Nicholas Barker, Director of Computer Operations, Q.F.H.S.
Images from a Quebec Village That No Longer Exists
With Luc Lépine, PhD., Military Historian and Author
Cemetery Records in Quebec
With Gary Schroder, President, Q.F.H.S.
Meet the Experts Panel
Gary Schroder, President, Q.F.H.S.
Frank Mackey, Author and Historian
Lesley Anderson, Canadian Spokesperson for
Luc Lépine, Ph.D., Military Historian and Author
$25.00 for Members
$40.00 for Non-Members
Place: No need to travel, just boot up your computer and join us for a full day of finding your Quebec Roots!
Register: Advance payment is necessary as space is limited.  
Info: A syllabus and zoom invitation will be emailed out a couple of days before the event.

We would like to introduce you to our speakers and details of their presentations:

Gary Schroder  
Gary Schroder has been the President of the Quebec Family History Society since 1995. He was the Chair of the Roots International Conferences on Family History held at McGill University in Montreal in 1997, 2002, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2018. He has taught family history courses at McGill University and Champlain College. During the past two decades he has given numerous lectures across North America from New Hampshire to Victoria, British Columbia to various genealogical and historical societies.
He was a Speaker at the 2001 International Conference on Irish Family History held at Trinity College, Dublin. Gary has been a Member of the Special Advisory Board of Library and Archives Canada. He is the editor of numerous published works including Christ Church, Montreal Marriages 1766-1850. He has been a frequent guest on Canadian Radio and Television answering a wide variety of genealogical questions.
His primary research interests are Canada, England, Ireland, and British Military resources for genealogists. His first known ancestor to set foot in Canada was his 3x great grandfather Cornelius Flynn who arrived in the Port of Quebec City in 1805. Cornelius Flynn 1787-1861 a native of the city of Cork in Ireland served in the Royal Navy for over twenty years and was wounded aboard the HMS Agamemnon during the Battle of Trafalgar. He has been a research consultant on the American, British, and Canadian versions of the “Who Do You Think You Are?” television series.
1: Généalogie Québec and P.R.D.H. Websites
The purpose of this presentation will be to explore the contents and the most effective ways to use these very important websites for Quebec genealogical research, GénéalogieQuebec the website of the Drouin Institute and P.R.D.H the website of the University of Montreal’s Project on Historical Demography.
2: Quebec Cemetery Records
The purpose of this presentation will be to explore the types of cemetery records that are available in Quebec from Montreal’s Notre Dames des Neiges Cemetery, the largest Catholic cemetery in Quebec with over a million burials to thousands of small Protestant cemeteries scattered across the province.
3: Meet the Experts Panel
Doug Armstrong
Doug was a reference librarian for 37 years. A member of the Quebec Family History Society since 2000, he has researched his family history and the English-speaking community in the County of Argenteuil.  He is the current cataloguer for the QFHS library and Vice President of the Society.
The Gaspe & Quebec City Genealogical Material in the Q.F.H.S. Heritage Centre
This presentation will give you a behind the scenes look at some of what you can find on the Gaspe and the Quebec City area’s when visiting our heritage centre.
Deborah Waddell  
Deborah taught English as a Second Language for many years in Montreal, Ottawa, Richmond, BC and Madrid, Spain. Genealogical research, preserving family photos and memorabilia and recording and transcribing oral histories became a passion which led to the creation of a website  The site is based on the experiences of immigrants from the UK in the Montreal area – such as her paternal grandparents who arrived in the early part of the 20th century from England and Scotland. 
Since returning to Montreal in 2000, she has been a member of the Quebec Family History Society, becoming the Book Store manager in 2008 and recently, webmaster.  She has presented seminars at the QFHS, most notably at Roots 2015 and 2018.
Notarial Records in Quebec
Quebec Notaries were required to authenticate numerous types of documents.  It is likely that notarized records exist for most families.  But how do you find them?  And are they accessible? Some examples of notarized documents will be shown along with methods for finding them.
Gerry Matthews
Micromatt not only handle common administrative document scanning, but also has the equipment and expertise to digitize your plans and technical drawings, your books and bound documents, even old and fragile, your microfilms on 16 and 35 mm reels, microfiche or aperture cards. We can even scan very large artworks at very high resolution.
Micromatt also offers its customers specialized scanners for standard documents, books, plans and microfilms. Their experienced staff will guide you to a functional solution for the safe preservation of your documents and archives.
Digitization Of Historical Documents and Photographs
Mr. Luc Lépine (military historian) who has devoted the last 40 years to research the military history of Quebec from New France to 1825. He has written a doctoral thesis on the militia of Quebec during the war of 1812. He also published a book and many articles on the Conquest of New France. For nine years, he worked at the National Archives of Québec as a reference archivist. With a 40-year experience in genealogy, he discovered many aspects of both Québec genealogy and military history.
Mr Lépine taught history for the Canadian forces for 10 years, He worked for the ministry of Education implementing the new history program in the English-speaking school boards of the province.
He is now preparing a biography on Leo Major (1921-2008), A French-Canadian soldier who received 2 Distinguished Conduct Medal, one in WWII and one in the Korean war. Leo Major is known as the One Eye Ghost because he lost an eye at the beginning of WWII.
1: How do you Find your French-Canadian Ancestors?
The purpose of this presentation will be to examine the most effective ways to find your French-Canadian Ancestors.
2:  Images from a Quebec Village that No Longer Exists
Luc Lépine will explore the 1925 photo album of his Grandma from the disappeared Village of St. Ignace du Lac, County Maskinongé
3: Meet the Experts Panel
After a career in Education, Nick Barker began to work seriously on the family history research project started by his father in England. At that time, it was a folder of letters, scraps of memoirs and a few official documents. Nick came to Canada in the early 1970s and has called Montreal home since then.
Nicholas is the editor of the QFHS journal, “Connections”.
Genealogical Gems on the Members-Only Section of the Q.F.H.S. Website
Discover hidden gems that only members get to see!
Now is the time to ask your Genealogical Questions!
Lesley has worked with Ancestry for over 12 years as Canadian spokesperson and has done numerous presentations for genealogy societies and conferences across Canada as well as TV and radio appearances. 
She has been researching her family tree for over 50 years and her passion for genealogy has branched out to DNA genetic genealogy, teaching classes and researching for others. Recently she organized a group of 30 on a research and sightseeing trip to Ireland.  She was the Director of Education for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa for many years and volunteered at the Ottawa Stake – LDS Family History Center where she got great joy out of helping genealogists with their research.
Frank Mackey spent his career until 2008 as a newspaper reporter and editor across Canada and in London, England.  Originally from Lachine, Quebec, he has written three books published by McGill-Queen's University Press:
-Black Then: Black Montrealers, 1780-1880s (2004),
-Done with Slavery: The Black Fact in Montreal, 1760-1840 (2010), published in French by Hurtubise HMH as L’esclavage et les Noirs à Montréal, 1760-1840 (2013) and 
-Steamboat Connections: Montreal to Upper Canada 1816-1843 (2000).