The Value in Genealogical Road Trips

My most recent genealogical road trip was to the Kitchener Central Library for their 6th annual Genealogy Fair. I enjoyed listening to Mags Gaulden’s plenary address, The Power of Genetic Genealogy. The excitement that she gets from genealogical research both genetic and via the “paper” trail was palpable in the room. There-in lies one of my reasons for attending these events. If I have slowed in my quest for research materials or have hit a “brick wall” of sorts, I find that these events fire up my enthusiasm again. I may not pick up any research strategies, instead I am validated as a family historian and return home ready to get right back into my research.

Sharing of Research Results and Possible Collaboration in Further Research
I had the privilege of meeting a fellow researcher with whom I had been communicating electronically. We had already compared our DNA via Gedmatch and found no match. None the less, we talked about our research and our enthusiasm for it. I have since shared my “Campbell book” with her. No research strategies shared, but another person to maintain in my network who could fire my enthusiasm when it wanes. You never know, we may find another connection in the future. In the meantime we have a base on which to build communication about research strategies.

Archives of Ontario Distance Research
Serendipitously, a stop at the Archives of Ontario table brought me face to face with the archivist who is handling my query about possible Fenian land grant records related to my great grandfather Campbell. It was great to put a face with the name and this chance meeting with her will humanize the process.

Expressing Thanks to the Volunteers Who Provide Access to Genealogical Records
I was also able to speak to a few members of the committees that operate the OGS Branches to which I belong or at which I have presented in the past. This contact allowed me the chance to say thanks for the records that they make accessible in their respective geographical regions.

My thanks go to the staff of Kitchener Public Library, the presenters, the various genealogical and heritage organizations, libraries and archives for providing the venue for me to become immersed in my genealogical research again.

Where is my next genealogical road trip taking me? If you are reading this on Friday, April 27, 2018, then I will be on my way to Owen Sound to give three presentations at the Family History Center Open House on Saturday, April 28th, 2018, and hoping to achieve what Mags did in terms of building enthusiasm for genealogical research.

Why not join me with me in Guelph June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the 2018 Ontario Genealogical Society Conference, a “monster” road trip event. Register here.

Alan Campbell
Past President
The Ontario Genealogical Society
© 2018 


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