Sunday, 27 April 2014

Spring Workshop

The attendees of the Spring Workshop declared the day a great success.

Our morning began with Karen Richardson,curator of the Halidmand County Museum walking us through the Victorian Era.   We travelled through the years from 1837 to 1901 enjoying the events, the fashions,food,architecture, innovations and inventions of this period in time.   The influences of Queen Victoria are still in evidence today. For example, after her marriage to Albert she adopted his tradition of decorating a Christmas tree.  She was also in the vanguard of instituting laws that protected the rights of children.
We continued on through the Edwardian period noting the changes that occur between the two eras.  Karen delighted the audience with asides about the royal families.  She told a story about Queen Victoria hiding a pregnancy behind a paisley tablecloth that then became a rage by being interpreted as a shawl by the general populace.
Karen concluded her presentation by giving us pointers on our pictures. The paper quality,the edges of the paper,the type of dress and the background can all help identify when they may have been taken.

After lunch, Vicki McKay was generous to let us explore a section of her personal family research.  Given the title of her presentation was “Sorting Fact from Fiction…and lessons learned along the Way” she kept us all involved in her detective search.  The visual presentation  of the many documents along with a synopsis of how she followed paths and then when she hit a “brick wall” how she backtracked was so encouraging.  At times, just an address where someone had resided and someone else died, tied the family members together.

Vicki had good advice regarding the pieces that don’t seem to fit.  File them away and every six months revisit the documents.  You may find that with your further research these pieces may now fit into your puzzle.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Spring Workshop April 26,2014

Brant County Branch of OGS

invites you to our Spring Workshop

Saturday, April 26, 2014

9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Guest Speakers

Karen Richardson, Curator of the Haldimand County Museum and Archives in Cayuga

Topic:  "Edwardian & Victorian Era"

Food, Clothing and Living Conditions

Vicki McKay, Researcher

Topic: "Sorting Fact from Fiction...and lessons learned along the way"

Workshop to be held at Brant County OGS Library

118 Powerline Rd Brantford


Register by April 21st, 2014 cost is $25.00 ( with lunch)

At Door $30.00 plus $5.00 for lunch

Everyone Welcome