The 35th
March 27-28, 2021


>>>> Marketplace <<<<
>>>> Great Door prizes!! <<<<

The Gene-O-Rama team wants to thank everyone who attended!  We truly appreciated your support for our first-ever virtual event.  Thanks also go to our great speakers who did an excellent job!

Co-Chairs Debbie Dee and Heather Oakley also want to thank everyone who assisted them before, during and after the event:

Charles Godwin
Kim Barnsdale
Mike More
Cliff Siebel
Steve Fulton
Anita Nevins
Gloria Tubman
Richard McGregor
Patti Mordasewicz
Chuck Barkley

Over two days, Ottawa Branch presented eight different speakers on a variety of topics for both beginners and more experienced researchers.  Starting at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 27 and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 28, registrants had the opportunity to learn about different methods, websites, Loyalists, and of course, DNA!

There was also an opportunity to learn about local to Ottawa (and some farther afield) archives, historical societies, and genealogy groups.  Registrants also found out what each of them can offer to you as a researcher!  To learn more about each of our exhibitors/vendors, please check out their weblink under ‘Marketplace’. Our Marketplace exhibitors/vendors were available for a live chat at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 28, to answer your questions about their products and resources.

See what great door prizes we had!

All session recordings and hand-outs will be available to attendees for 30 days after the event.




08:30  Update from Library & Archives Canada Lisa Tremblay-Goodyer
09:00 Pat Horan Memorial Lecture
Successful Collateral and Cluster Searching
Thomas MacEntee

 Break & Browse Marketplace

10:30 Silver Spoons and Short Straw: British Immigrants to Canada John Reid and Glenn Wright

Lunch Break & Browse Marketplace

 12:15 Strategies to Analyze Endogamous DNA Alec Ferretti

Break & Browse Marketplace

01:45 All Kinds of Loyalists Kathryn Lake Hogan

Break & Browse Marketplace

03:15 Genetic Genealogy Tools Mags Gaulden


10:45 Opening
11:00 Uncommon Websites to Help Your Research Lianne Kruger

Lunch Break & Browse Marketplace

01:00 Irish Research Methodology Donna Moughty

Break & Browse Marketplace

02:30 Female Ancestors Gena Philibert-Ortega
03:30 Live Chat with our vendors


Alec Ferretti Alec Ferretti is a New York City-based professional genealogist specializing in the genealogy of 20th century immigrants to USA as well as endogamy. His passion is records access and volunteers with Reclaim the Records. He has lectured throughout New York state and at numerous conferences in USA.
Mags Gaulden is a Professional Genealogist specializing in Genetic Genealogy as founder of Grandma’s Genes in Ottawa.  She is an international Genetic Genealogy Lecturer, Blogger and a Social Media Maven.  Mags is also a Leader on various WikiTree projects and serves as Admin for a few Facebook groups.  She is one of the founders of
Kathryn Lake Hogan through her business, Looking4Ancestors, since 2007 has helped family history researchers learn how to find their ancestors in Canada.  She is an author, lecturer, virtual host, and past Dominion Genealogist of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada.
Lianne Kruger combines her love of technology with her love of genealogy to help others research their family faster and more efficiently with #NoTears.  She has spoken in Britain, Canada, Utah including RootsTech, and webinars for multiple societies including Surname Society, AGS, BIFHSGO, Genealogy with a Canadian Twist, and Vivid-Pix.
Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional specializing in using technology and social media to improve genealogy research and to connect with the family history community.   He started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. Currently Thomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at Abundant Genealogy and also runs the popular Genealogy Bargains and DNA Bargains websites.
Donna Moughty, a member of APG and GSG is a researcher, lecturer and blogger on topics including Methodology, Internet, Irish research, and technology.  She is the author of the Quick Reference Guides for Irish Research and conducts Irish research trips each year to Ireland.
Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher, and instructor whose focus is genealogy, social and women’s history. She holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Her published works include two books, numerous articles published in magazines and online, as well as four editions of the Tracing Your Ancestors series from Moorshead Publishing 
John D. Reid blogs daily at Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections and has a particular interest in British immigration to Canada.  He has been blogging since 2006 and his blog is very highly regarded.  He has lectured extensively across Canada
Library and Archives Canada Lisa Tremblay-Goodyer, the granddaughter of British and Italian immigrants, was born and raised in Quebec City. She started her career at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) 15 years ago as an archivist, and is currently the Director of LAC’s Reference Services, which includes Genealogy Services. The dedicated Genealogy staff offer onsite and remote support with LAC’s collections, as well as guided visits and various community-based workshops, including Indigenous Genealogy workshops. Lisa and her team are currently involved in the future Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility project where a renewed Genealogy Center will be located.
Glenn Wright had a 30-year public service career employed as an archivist, historical research officer and, for many years, assistant historian with the RCMP.  Now retired, he is a frequent speaker at family history and genealogical events throughout Ontario, with a special interest in Canadians who served in the Great War.  Glenn has also been associated with TV programs such as “Who Do You Think You Are?”, “Ancestors in the Attic”, and “Engraved on a Nation”.; he served as President of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa, 2010-2014.

Ottawa Branch of Ontario Ancestors has been helping genealogists for 50 years.  During that 50 years, many, many different volunteers assisted in the research and creation of many publications related to Ottawa/Carleton County, the counties of Lanark, Renfrew, Prescott/Russell as well as a few other publications relating to Dundas & Grenville counties and even a few in Québec.  Ottawa Branch’s catalogue contains a variety of cemetery transcriptions, some census records, church records, and newspaper vital record transcriptions.  Ottawa Branch has its catalogue published by Global Genealogy.  Check it out here.  And watch this video!


Thank you to our sponsors. Clicking on their name will take you to a page with more information. A copy of the video that was shown during the conference is available. Click here. MyHeritage
Archive CD Books Canada OCAPG
BIFHSGO Ottawa Branch – OGS
City of Ottawa Archives Ontario Genealogical Society
FOREVER Ottawa Public Library
Gene by Gene / FamilyTree DNA Patricia McGregor Books
Global Genealogy & History Shoppe Québec Genealogical eSociety
Rideau Township Historical Society
Kingston Branch OGS Sher Leetooze
Lanark County Genealogical Society Shop the Hound
Leeds and Grenville Branch OGS Sir Guy Carleton Branch, UELAC
Legacy Upper Ottawa Valley Genealogical Group

All session recordings and hand-outs will be available to attendees for 30 days after the event.
Gene-O-Rama reserves the right to alter the programme as needed.

No refunds after March 15, 2021