Workshops

The Workshops offered by Sandra Blanchette, Genealogical Services are created to develop your skills and knowledge on specific elements. Each 2 -hour Workshop addresses a specific theme and is divided in three sections: a short presentation, Q&A period and Laboratory. During the Laboratory period, you will have the opportunity to ask more questions and address concerns as you have about the subject tackled.

Participants should bring all relevant questions to the workshop and documents appropriate to the theme. If you have a computer or Pad, these should also be brought: WIFI is available on-site. Include in your workshop satchel a note pad and a pencil to take notes.

For each Workshop, you will receive a folder with documentation and a workbook.

The Workshops are available for individuals in two different locations:

Bonaventure, Quebec

Acadian Museum

95, Ave. Port-Royal

Bonaventure, Qc, G0C 1E0

Tel: 418-534-4000

Website: http://www.museeacadien.com/

and Gaspe, Quebec.

Workshops in each location are available for three different levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

Workshops are available either in English or in French.

Workshops require a minimum of 12 participants and a maximum of 20 participants. Workshop registrations are made online in the Shop section. Payment in full is required to complete the registration. Additionally, you will have a form to complete during the checkout process. Registration is mandatory for the workshops: no walk-ins or registrations are accepted on the day of the event.

Should the minimum participants required not be reached 15 days prior to the date and time scheduled, the workshop will be cancelled and you will be entirely refunded. Should weather conditions render travelling perilous for the event, the workshop will be cancelled and you will be entirely refunded.

Therefore, it is your responsibility to register for the appropriate workshop by language, theme, date, time, level and location.

The Workshops offered by Sandra Blanchette, Genealogical Services are created with the intent to develop your knowledge and abilities by topic:

  • Methodology
  • Organisation
  • Skill-Building
  • DNA
  • Records
  • Problem-solving
  • Technology
  • Forensic

 Cancelations and Refunds

Workshops registrations may be cancelled up to 30 days prior to the date of the event for 100% refund. Between 30 and 15 days, a refund of 50% will be granted. No refund will be granted prior to 15 days and the date of the event. If you do not attend the workshop at the time of the event, no refund is granted.

Disclaimer

Sandra Blanchette, Genealogical Services can make no guarantee regarding how quickly you may learn, understand and advance in your research. You understand and agree that Sandra Blanchette, Genealogical Services cannot predict in advance the time needed to assimilate the curriculum subjects and apply them, advancing in your personal process is on you, not on Sandra Blanchette, Genealogical Services.

 

Beginner

Duration: 2 hours

Minimum 12 participants – Maximum 20 participants

This Workshop is an initiation in Genealogical Research. The purpose is to provide information on how to begin Genealogical Research and provide some tips on how to avoid some traps, which are often met by individuals who are beginning. Part of this Workshop discusses some basic notions on registering information and on organising your research by using forms.

For each Workshop, you will receive a folder with documentation and a workbook.

Participants should bring all relevant questions to the workshop and documents appropriate to the theme. If you have a computer or Pad, these should also be brought: WIFI is available on-site. Include in your workshop satchel a note pad and a pencil to take notes.

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Duration: 2 hours

Minimum 12 participants – Maximum 20 participants

This Workshop is intended to help you organise the huge amount of paperwork you accumulate when doing research. Having some organisation in those documents can allow you to save time and energy during the process. Part of this Workshop discusses some notions on registering information and on organising your research by using forms, filing systems, electronics and software.

For each Workshop, you will receive a folder with documentation and a workbook.

Participants should bring all relevant questions to the workshop and documents appropriate to the theme. If you have a computer or Pad, these should also be brought: WIFI is available on-site. Include in your workshop satchel a note pad and a pencil to take notes.

Duration: 2 hours

Minimum 12 participants – Maximum 20 participants

This Workshop is intended to help you give a sense of direction to your research by beginning to establish simple research plans and understand how to set goals. Setting the appropriate goals is mandatory for any kind of research and understanding where to search as well. Part of this Workshop discusses some notions on methodology and how to avoid becoming overwhelmed with your project.

For each Workshop, you will receive a folder with documentation and a workbook.

Participants should bring all relevant questions to the workshop and documents appropriate to the theme. If you have a computer or Pad, these should also be brought: WIFI is available on-site. Include in your workshop satchel a note pad and a pencil to take notes.

Duration: 2 hours

Minimum 12 participants – Maximum 20 participants

This Workshop is intended to help you ensure that you are following your bloodline and not someone else’s’ Ancestors. Many individuals beginning research often get trapped in “Fishing” for Ancestors rather than “Searching” for Ancestors, which results in a huge amount of lost time and energy. Part of this Workshop discusses some notions on methodology and provides the basics to identify an individual from another.

For each Workshop, you will receive a folder with documentation and a workbook.

Participants should bring all relevant questions to the workshop and documents appropriate to the theme. If you have a computer or Pad, these should also be brought: WIFI is available on-site. Include in your workshop satchel a note pad and a pencil to take notes.

Duration: 2 hours

Minimum 12 participants – Maximum 20 participants

This Workshop is intended to help you organise the huge number of photographs you accumulate when doing research. Organising those precious treasures can allow you to save time and energy during your research and analysis process. Part of this Workshop discusses some notions on conservation, preservation and organisation by using forms, filing systems, electronics and software. Several scanners models will be presented.

For each Workshop, you will receive a folder with documentation and a workbook.

Participants should bring all relevant questions to the workshop and documents appropriate to the theme. If you have a computer or Pad, these should also be brought: WIFI is available on-site. Include in your workshop satchel a note pad and a pencil to take notes.

Intermediate

Duration: 2 hours

Minimum 12 participants – Maximum 20 participants

This Workshop is an initiation to the Genealogical Proof Standards. These Standards provide a guideline to analyse the records, information and evidence you find. This Workshop will address the value of the Sources we use in our research and the different categories: Original, Derivative and Authored. Part of this Workshop discusses what you will find in your home, the home of relatives and the different records found in Archive Centers and Repositories.

For each Workshop, you will receive a folder with documentation and a workbook.

Participants should bring all relevant questions to the workshop and documents appropriate to the theme. If you have a computer or Pad, these should also be brought: WIFI is available on-site. Include in your workshop satchel a note pad and a pencil to take notes.

Duration: 2 hours

Minimum 12 participants – Maximum 20 participants

This Workshop is a continuation of the initiation to the Genealogical Proof Standards. These Standards provide a guideline to analyse the records, information and evidence you find. This Workshop will address the value of the Information we use in our research and the different categories: Primary, Secondary and Undetermined. Part of this Workshop discusses what you will find in your home, the home of relatives and in the different records found in Archive Centers and Repositories.

For each Workshop, you will receive a folder with documentation and a workbook.

Participants should bring all relevant questions to the workshop and documents appropriate to the theme. If you have a computer or Pad, these should also be brought: WIFI is available on-site. Include in your workshop satchel a note pad and a pencil to take notes.

Duration: 2 hours

Minimum 12 participants – Maximum 20 participants

This Workshop is a continuation of the initiation to the Genealogical Proof Standards. These Standards provide a guideline to analyse the records, information and evidence you find. This Workshop will address the value of the Evidence we use in our research and the different categories: Direct, Indirect and Negative. We will see how the Sources, Information and Evidence can lead to Proof. Part of this Workshop discusses what you will find in your home, the home of relatives and in the different records found in Archive Centers and Repositories.

For each Workshop, you will receive a folder with documentation and a workbook.

Participants should bring all relevant questions to the workshop and documents appropriate to the theme. If you have a computer or Pad, these should also be brought: WIFI is available on-site. Include in your workshop satchel a note pad and a pencil to take notes.

Duration: 2 hours

Minimum 12 participants – Maximum 20 participants

This Workshop is an initiation to Source Citation. Citing your Sources is part of the requirements of the Genealogical Proof Standards. Learning how to cite your Sources appropriately not only provides credibility to your research, but will also enable you to return to a Record or document at any given time, without going through the search process once more.  Different Sources requires different Source Citation forms. Part of this Workshop discusses how to cite the Sources for what you will find in your home, the home of relatives and in the different records found in Archive Centers and Repositories.

For each Workshop, you will receive a folder with documentation and a workbook.

Participants should bring all relevant questions to the workshop and documents appropriate to the theme. If you have a computer or Pad, these should also be brought: WIFI is available on-site. Include in your workshop satchel a note pad and a pencil to take notes.

Duration: 2 hours

Minimum 12 participants – Maximum 20 participants

This Workshop is an initiation to using Ancestry, the worldwide online database, for your research. Using a database of this size can be somewhat intimidating and a lack of knowledge on how to navigate can result in many frustrations and some despair. Part of this Workshop discusses how to use and set up the available tools to your advantage. We will also discuss how to navigate some of the most useful collections in a comprehensive way.

For each Workshop, you will receive a folder with documentation and a workbook.

Participants should bring all relevant questions to the workshop and documents appropriate to the theme. If you have a computer or Pad, these should also be brought: WIFI is available on-site. Have an email address set up to use Ancestry on a 14 day free-trial. Include in your workshop satchel a note pad and a pencil to take notes.

Advanced

Duration: 2 hours

Minimum 12 participants – Maximum 20 participants

This Workshop is intended to help you understand the information you find in your research. Understanding what is written and what it means as opposed to “thinking” we know what we are reading. Knowledge on the purpose of the creation of the Records, for what and who, can be an element to avoid a brick wall. Sometimes, we have the answers to the questions we research right in front of us, but we just don’t see them. Part of this Workshop discusses some notions on terminology, history and context.

For each Workshop, you will receive a folder with documentation and a workbook.

Participants should bring all relevant questions to the workshop and documents appropriate to the theme. If you have a computer or Pad, these should also be brought: WIFI is available on-site. Include in your workshop satchel a note pad and a pencil to take notes.

Duration: 2 hours

Minimum 12 participants – Maximum 20 participants

This Workshop is intended to help you understand how Copyright can impact your research. Learning about the purpose of copyright laws and the legal impacts they can lead to if they are infringed. Part of this Workshop discusses some notions on ownership, terms and conditions.

For each Workshop, you will receive a folder with documentation and a workbook.

Participants should bring all relevant questions to the workshop and documents appropriate to the theme. If you have a computer or Pad, these should also be brought: WIFI is available on-site. Include in your workshop satchel a note pad and a pencil to take notes.

Duration: 2 hours

Minimum 12 participants – Maximum 20 participants

This Workshop is intended to help you overcome a common situation which most researchers meet. Losing trace of an Ancestor in your research can often be resolved by broadening your research criteria. Individuals, families and groups travelled much more than we presume. Living in small communities can also bring your Ancestor to have information recorded in unexpected places. Part of this Workshop discusses some notions on historical context, religion, communities, and travelling.

For each Workshop, you will receive a folder with documentation and a workbook.

Participants should bring all relevant questions to the workshop and documents appropriate to the theme. If you have a computer or Pad, these should also be brought: WIFI is available on-site. Include in your workshop satchel a note pad and a pencil to take notes.