Bringing it home, part 3 – starting the conference
The reason, well excuse really, for
my trip to Nova Scotia was to attend the [Great Canadian Genealogy Conference].
I had needed a reason to go back and the conference provided dates that I could
work around. Besides, I wanted to check out what was heralded as a new concept
in Canadian genealogy conferences, one that would move from one part of the
country to another and involve local experts. I was looking forward to hearing
the presenters but the day before the conference as an option, a day at the
Nova Scotia Public Archives was offered.
I had been at the archives before and
remembered my time there as being all too short. Perhaps I should have done
more work in preparation because I didn’t find as much as I wanted to. The
staff was very helpful with my main query about a death in Halifax but,
unfortunately, the records just didn’t exist to confirm a death around 1881, as
there are gaps in the records. I was able to fill in some omissions from my
previous research but I now know that I need a good research plan and much,
much more time to go through their records.
After our time at the archives, the
summit itself kicked off with a mini-buffet and a keynote speech by Jan Raska
from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. He told us about the museum
and touched upon major events in the Canadian immigration story. He was
obviously knowledgeable about his subject and suggested that we follow the
immigration museums blog to find out more. The passion of Joe Raska’s address
promised a great caliber of speakers for the rest of the summit.