Saturday, 22 July 2017

Is a Celtic Genealogy Cruise on YOUR Bucket List?

I have been working behind the scenes with a couple of colleagues and we have been working to put together a Celtic Genealogy Cruise in 2019. The plan is for the cruise to take in Ireland and Scotland, and perhaps also England, depending on the port of departure. 

A Genealogy Cruise with Research Opportunities

Unlike other genealogy cruises, this cruise will allow for research at the local archives on the days when the ship is in port. The learning will happen on-board during time our at sea and then the research opportunity will happen in port. 

For the port of departure, learning about the records will happen ahead of time and extra days on land will be added to the cruise dates to allow for research at that port as well. 
Like the regular Genealogy Tours of Scotland, the cruise will take place in either the late spring or early fall.
If you don't have ancestors from any of the ports we dock at, you will be welcome to join a regular sightseeing cruise, offered by the cruise line, during the time the others will be at the archives.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list for more details as they become available (dates, ports, cost etc), drop me an email and I will add you

Friday, 23 June 2017

Join Me in Cambridge!

Next Thursday, June 29th, I will be back at McDougall Cottage in Cambridge to talk about researching your Scottish ancestors. This is always such a fun night, so if you are in the area. plan to join me. 

McDougall Cottage is located at 89 Grand Ave, directly across the street from the parking lot for Southworks. 

Please call ahead to make sure there are enough chairs! 519-624-8250 There is a $5 fee for the talk - well worth the money, I promise!

Friday, 16 June 2017


Are you ready to find your Scottish ancestors on the shelves of the archives in Scotland? Walk where your ancestors walked, Visit their villages, worship in their churches, pay homage at their grave sides.

There are two spaces available in the  Edinburgh research tour and there is one space available in the Glasgow research tour.

Edinburgh Tour

In addition to dedicated research time, there will be time to explore Edinburgh - a city rich in history. The hotel is centrally located, making it easy to walk to Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and the Grassmarket.

Days of research will take place at Scotland'sPeople Centre (you can also book time in the Historical Search Room) and the National Library. Time at the NLS Maps Building is also available.  Daily fees for these research days are included in the tour fees. However, copies and printouts are not included.

The hotel rooms have a dedicated work space where you can set up your research station. Breakfast is available every morning, and the rooms are equipped with a kitchenette. There is a Starbucks and a Sainsburys grocery store on the same complex as the hotel. There are a number of eateries within a short walk from the hotel.


Tuesday, 6 June 2017


Thanks to some shuffling with the addition of the Glasgow 2018 tour, two spaces have opened up for the Edinburgh Research Tour. Tour dates are May 7-16, 2018. Fees are $3,595, with a deposit of $595 due now and the balance due December 1. If you are interested in learning more visit the website:

To make your deposit and secure your spot:

Thursday, 25 May 2017


Thrilled to learn earlier this week that one of my talks at Jamboree will be live streamed! This means that even if you can't attend Jamboree, you can still benefit from the information. 

My talk Underused Databases for Scottish Genealogy is being live streamed on Sunday at 10 am (pacific time). You can register here

I am only one of 14 talks that are being live-streamed so be sure to check out all of the speakers and topics on offer. Here's the line-up:

Friday, June 9

1:00-2:00         Facebook: A Tool for Genealogy Research Thomas MacEntee

2:30-3:30         Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist Annette Burke Lyttle

4:00-5:00         Treasures in Township Records Peggy Clements Lauritzen, AG®

5:30-6:30         From Famine to Plenty – Finding My Immigrant Ancestors’ Stories Tessa                                Keough

Saturday, June 10

8:30-9:30             Descendancy Research: Another Pathway to Genealogy Michael L.                                       Strauss, AG®

10:00-11:00        Wives, Girlfriends, Widows, Exes and Mistresses: Documenting Women                                Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR

11:30-12:30        Sources of Genealogical Research for Armenians in the Caucasus Camille Andrus

2:00-3:00           Your Ancestor’s FAN Club: Using Cluster Research Drew Smith, MLS

3:30-4:30           Technology Resources for Deciphering Foreign Language Records Randy                              Whited

5:00-6:00           DNA vs Irish Annals Brad Larkin, MBS, MCSE

Sunday, June 11,

8:30-9:30           Researching Your Irish Ancestors Online Donna M. Moughty

10:00-11:00       Underused Databases for Scottish Genealogy Christine Woodcock

12:30-1:30          What’s New in Eastern European Genealogy Lisa Alzo, MFA

2:00-3:00           Using the Bureau of Land Management Tract Books Michael John Neill

Visit Me in the Exhibitor's Hall at Jamboree

I am looking forward to being part of the Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree this year. I will be exhibiting in the Exhibit Hall and I hope you will stop by and say hello. 

I will in be in booth 125 at the back of the Hall, so be sure to work your way all the way around the Hall. I'm looking forward to speaking with people interested in researching their Scottish ancestors.  You can sign up for webinars, learn about the tours, find out about eCourses and get some ideas about where you might find records on your Scottish ancestors. 

See YOU at Jamboree!

Join Me at Jamboree

In just a couple of weeks, I will be in Burbank California for the Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree! 

I will be presenting three talks at Jamboree: 

Breaking Through Your Scottish Research Brick Walls (Saturday 8:30 am), 
Step Away From the Computer (Saturday 2 pm) and 
Underused Databases for Scottish Genealogy (Sunday 10 am). 

All of these talks are part of Jamboree's Researching British Isles and Ireland Track. 

When I am not speaking, I will be in the Exhibitor's Hall so plan to stop by to say hello or share your stories. 

Looking forward to connecting with you at Jamboree!