We are thrilled to announce two more presenters for our Conference!
Andrea Lister is back by popular demand and will be instructing four computer labs on Friday. These are hands-on, small group labs regarding MS Word, MS PowerPoint and Internet Search Techniques for family historians. Andrea, a professional editor, will also give a lecture on Saturday, “Finding the Right Container,” with some thought-provoking ideas for presenting your family history.
Lesley Anderson is our Canadian Ancestry spokesperson and will be bringing Ancestry to our Marketplace as well as presenting two lectures. One on Ancestry DNA with an intriguing case example and the other on searching effectively through the Ancestry databases. Rumour has it that she will also be loaded up with Ancestry DNA kits at great prices!
Andrea is the 2015 Maple Ridge Community Heritage Commission winner of the History and Heritage Research and Publication award for her design and indexing work for Looking Back: Volume One, published by the Maple Ridge Historical Society. Andrea pursued her passion for history at the University of BC and enjoys putting her history degree to work helping authors tell the untold stories of history as the editor of British Columbia History magazine.
She learned the ins and outs of making software behave as the Communications Manager of a national software provider for the investment industry. Along the way she earned a Certificate in Technical Communications from Simon Fraser University.
Her interest in history was piqued as a teenager when visiting a great aunt who shared her charts and notes on their family tree. Andrea regularly writes and speaks about researching your family history. Andrea is the founder and manager of Absolutely Literate, where she specializes in research, writing and editing and teaches others these skills.
Lesley has been involved in the personal research of her family tree for over forty-five years and her passion for genealogy has branched out to teaching classes, speaking at seminars and conferences, consulting and doing research for others. She is well known for her computer and genealogy classes offered through the Ottawa Catholic Board Continuing Ed and her “field trips” to various archives and libraries. Most recently she organized a group of 30 on a research and sightseeing trip to Ireland.
For years she was Director of Education for BIFHSGO (British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa) and volunteered at the Ottawa Stake – LDS Family History Center where she gets great enjoyment out of helping new and experienced genealogists with their research.
Lesley has worked for Ancestry.ca for over ten years as their Canadian spokesperson and has done numerous presentations for genealogy societies and conferences across Canada as well as TV and Radio appearances.