Lectures

Lectures offered by Sandra Blanchette, Genealogical Services are created to increase your knowledge and understanding on specific topics. Lectures vary in length and topic and contracts are custom made to fit the needs of each client and the duration. A retainer for the equivalent of 50% of the amount of the Lecturing fee + the total amount of additional expenses will be required in advance and the other remaining 50% of the Lecture fee will be required within 30 days, following the Lecture. Lecture fee will vary depending if the subject is pre-established or if a new theme is required.

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Lectures can be cancelled prior to acceptance and the agreement of the contract. Once the agreement is signed, the terms and conditions of the contract do apply.

Returns and Replacements

No returns or replacements on Lecture Services.

Pre-Established Lectures

Presented by: Sandra Blanchette, PLCGS

Subject: Shedding Light on Repositories Through Historical Events and Boundary Changes For the Gaspe Basin and the Gaspe Peninsula

Length: 60 minutes (45 minutes presentation + 15 minutes Q&A)

Summary: Historical events and boundary changes through the centuries influence our research and define the repositories we use. Researching in the Gaspe Basin and the Gaspe Peninsula requires intense knowledge on these subjects in order to be efficient and reach our goals. There is more to it than we initially assume.

Description: Do you really know which events shaped your region and the impact they had? Do you know how the boundaries changed over the centuries? Have you ever wondered which Crown owned the land? What if history has we know it do not provide you with the whole story? Historians have been researching for years the hidden history of regions and thanks to their passion and dedication have uncovered unknown parts that can change the way we understand the evolution of a region and direct us to new repositories. This is entirely the case for the Gaspe Basin and the Gaspe Peninsula.

Audience level: Beginner to Advanced

Presented by: Sandra Blanchette, PLCGS

Subject: Understanding Names changes, variations and translations.

Length: 60 minutes (45 minutes presentation + 15 minutes Q&A)

Summary: Names changes, variations and translations can cause great difficulties when we research our Ancestors. Many individuals have always used a nickname and their last name has evolved through the generations. Researching these individuals can lead us to a dead end when we are unaware of how a Names can be transformed through their life.

Description: Do you really know the birth name of your Ancestor? Do you know the Origin of their name? Are you aware that names are often translated and do not have the same form in another language? Do you know from which name derives the name of your Ancestor? And what about their last name? Do you understand the concept of Nom DIT and how immigrants voluntarily changed their names to be more likely accepted? The Gaspe Peninsula has been the home, temporarily or permanently, to thousands of individuals throughout the Centuries. Individuals from over 20 different Nationalities and Origins have lived on our shores. Yet, we sometimes lose them in the Records if we do not consider how their Names evolved through their life and through time.

Audience level: Beginner to Advanced

Presented by: Sandra Blanchette, PLCGS

Subject: Understanding how our Ancestors’ lives where influenced by language, religion, politics and the community.

Length: 60 minutes (45 minutes presentation + 15 minutes Q&A)

Summary: Records containing information about your Ancestor may be written in any either French, English or Latin. They may have changed religion through their life and have evolving views about politics. Observing the communities can sometimes help understand these changes.

Description: Do you know how many denominations existed where your Ancestor lived? What were the politic pressures about in the area? How many languages where spoken? Who where the Notaries, Magistrates, Priests, Reverends, Ministers and Clerks? Researching your Ancestor can sometimes be a great challenge when they seam to disappear and reappear on a regular basis. Does this really mean they left? Or perhaps they are in the “Other” registries.

Audience level: Beginner to Advanced