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In this guest post, Presenter Lisa A. Alzo breaks down her sessions on Canadian immigration
records and tracking down evasive female ancestors at the Family Tree University’s
Fall 2012 Virtual Genealogy Conference:
Secrets to Tracing Female Ancestors
When I started my genealogy research over 22 years ago, I began with a female ancestor:
my maternal grandmother. This was before the Internet and without the luxury of FamilySearch,
the Ellis Island Database or Ancestry.com. Nothing like starting out with a challenge!
But I used the information available to me—family documents, interviews, church records,
court documents and microfilm—as well as made trips to the library and visited the
places she had lived. I was thus able to learn the details of her life, which I chronicled
in my book Three Slovak Women. In my Virtual Conference session, “Secrets for Tracing
Female Ancestors”, I will reveal my secrets for locating and using online and offline
resources, and will share other tips and tricks you’ll need to find the elusive women
in your family tree!
Canadian Immigration Records
As a child, my family would visit my father’s cousin in Ontario, Canada. At the time
I fleetingly wondered why he lived so far away, but never questioned it until I became
a genealogist and began tracking down clues about my Alzo ancestors. Curiosity led
me to investigate sources in Canada, with some very interesting and surprising results!
If you have ancestors who immigrated to Canada (or even think it’s a possibility),
then join me for the session Canadian Immigration Records, where I’ll walk you through
the basics of searching in the Great White North. You’ll learn about websites, databases
and printed resources to help you locate passenger lists, border crossings and other
immigration records, as well as search secrets to draw your ancestors out of hiding!
Learn more about the Fall