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Updated 14 March 2014

Biography: Rick Roberts



Rick Roberts


Ricks' family history addiction began during summer vacations on his grandparents' farm where rainy days were spent sorting through family pictures, documents and artifacts while his grandmother told well-worn family stories. That early spark grew into a passion for genealogy and history that eventually led to the founding of Global Genealogy in the summer of 1992. Rick is especially interested in the historical events that influenced the lives of his ancestors... what pushed them to make the decisions that they did... and what pulled them to the lives that they led.


List of current lectures:
    Beginning a Family History Project: 12 Steps for Success
    (1 hour)
    Knowing where to begin a family history project can be confusing and intimidating. By following a few key steps, you will begin your research in a beneficial way, be well organized, and position yourself to enjoy discovering and sharing your personal roots. This talk is designed for a general audience, not an audience of experienced genealogists. A final Question & Answer session will help those with questions about documentary records and strategy.

    Organizing, Preserving and Sharing Physical Documents, Pictures, Printed Charts and Reports
    (1 hour)
    Rick Roberts discusses and demonstrates the 3-ring binder system that he developed and uses for his personal collection of genealogical materials. The system is inexpensive to implement, easy to maintain, protects documents and pictures, and presents information in a format that others will understand and enjoy.

    Researching Your Ontario Roots Using Traditional and Online Resources, An Overview
    (1 hour)
    This talk is designed to help you trace and document ancestors who resided in Ontario (Upper Canada; Canada West; Ontario) at any time since the beginning of European settlement in the 1790s. We will discuss a variety of record categories for the periods before and after the advent of civil registration in Ontario in 1869, including the major waves of settlement that resulted from the American Revolution, War of 1812, settlement societies and schemes, migrations, post-Napoleonic military settlement, and the related records. The focus is on identifying which records survive, how to access them, plus tips and strategies on using the records for family history research.

    Self-Publishing Your Book, Practical Steps to Success
    (1 hour)
    This session shows you how to organize the main elements of your manuscript and then publish your work in printed book or electronic form. We discuss content and structure of the book, choice of paper, fonts, margins, copyright, ISBN, CIP, marketing, short-run vs. long-run printing, soft and hardcover binding, and much more to assist you to successfully publish the finished work. It's easier and cheaper than you think! Whether you plan to print 1 copy or 10,000 copies, you will learn how to avoid pitfalls and produce professional results while saving time, money and stress.

    Researching Canadian WWI Records Using Online and Traditional Resources
    (1 hour)
    Discover which Canadian military records are available to help you reveal the roles that individual enlisted Canadians played in World War One, where those records are, how to access them, plus tips and hints for interpreting Canadian military documents. We discuss those who served at home and/or overseas, those who applied for service and were rejected, those who returned from war, and those who didn't. A case study, compiled by using internet based and physical records will illustrate effective strategies, research processes and results.

    The Lanark Society Settlers, an Assisted Emigration Scheme
    (1 hour)
    The Lanark Society Settlers' emigration from Scotland to Eastern Ontario in the early 1820s is a revealing example of the assisted emigration movement of the 19th century. We examine the circumstances that pushed settlers to migrate, and the factors that pulled them to a specific destination. The records that are necessary to locate Lanark Society Settlers' origins, migration, and settlement are identified and discussed. A case study format is employed. However, many references to other individuals' and families' contrasting and supporting experiences are included. The talk is illustrated with relevant images of places of Scottish origin, docklands, ship/s, accommodation, arrival, transportation, and settlement -- including maps and example documents.

    Introducing Family Tree Maker 2012
    (1 hour)
    Benefit from dozens of hints and tips that will help you improve your results using Family Tree Maker 2012 (FTM) The talk begins with an overview of FTM to familiarize attendees with the software's design and abilities for recording and sharing information both on paper and digitally. Includes an introduction to new features in FTM 2012, including TreeSync™ which allows you to easily update your tree online from your desktop, your laptop, even your iPhone or iPad -- and then simply click to sync so your tree is always up to date, no matter where you access it next.

    Using Family Tree Maker Software to Record and Share Your Family History
    (3 hours)
    Benefit from dozens of hints and tips that will help you improve your results using Family Tree Maker. Discover the best techniques for entering information, dealing with conflicting dates and events, how to make professional quality genealogy charts and reports at the click of a mouse, and even how to create a family history book that your family will treasure for generations. Most people use less than 20% of Family Tree Maker's capabilities. Once you know about the other 80%, you can decide which features and options will help you to best record and share your family history using Family Tree Maker.

    Recording Source Citations Using Family Tree Maker
    (1 hour)
    This presentation addresses the question of how to accurately and easily record source citations using Family Tree Maker software. You will learn how to record different categories of sources such as census, vital records, church records, etc., and how to treat those sources, whether they originated from a document, microfilm, digital source or from secondary sources such as books, newspapers and family lore. Finally, attendees will learn how to include source citations in reports, charts and books that they create in Family Tree Maker.

    Accessing and updating your Family Tree Maker file from anywhere
    (1 hour)
    This presentation demonstrates how to use the TreeSync feature in Family Tree Maker in combination with the free Ancestry App, to access and/or update your family history files remotely using a tablet, smart phone or an offsite computer. New information that you add to your family files can be automatically synchronized between your main computer and your portable devices ensuring that you always have the latest information at hand. We also discuss managing the three levels of privacy for your cloud-based family file - from completely public to completely private.

To book Rick Roberts for an upcoming event, contact him by telephone at 1-800-361-5168, or by email.




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