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 Fawne Stratford-Devai

Fawne Stratford-Devai is familiar to audiences in Canada as one of the three genealogical sleuths who work together to unravel family mysteries on History Television s popular series, Ancestors in the Attic.  

In addition to her television work, Fawne has authored and coauthored more than fifty genealogy and history books. Fawne's lectures on genealogical and historical topics, particularly Ontario records, are always entertaining and educational.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

10:30 AM,  5:00 PM

 Detroit Public Library , Friends Auditorium

5201 Woodward Avenue,  Detroit 48202


Free fenced-in parking is available on Putnam Street which is on the south side of the Library.

Doors open at 10:00 AM

Suggested Donation $10 (IGSM Members $5)

 No pre-registration. The Friends Auditorium seats 370.

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 Program Schedule

 10:30am;  11:30am Ontario Crown Land Records

People did not come to Ontario for the good of their health to chop down trees. They came here in search of new opportunities - the opportunities that land ownership could offer. It stands to reason that some of the earliest and most important records of settlers in this province are land records! Many thousands of early settlers in the province inhabited crown lands through renting, leasing, squatting, government grants and sales. In some instances, these records represent the only evidence of a settler's existence in the province before they died or moved on to other areas of Canada or the US. This session will illustrate the invaluable information available about the inhabitants of early Ontario as settlements, and ultimately a province, was carved out of the wilderness.

 12:00pm; 1:00pm Pre1869 Ontario Records of Birth, Marriage, and Death

This session will explain the many sources of vital records available in the days when the province of Ontario was known as Upper Canada and Canada West. Birth, marriage and death records; parish, religious and unique ethnic resources are explained along with many more sources for locating the vital events of Ontario's early settlers before 1869.

 1:00pm; 2:30pm Lunch (Out on your own or Brown-Bag)

 2:30pm – 3:30pm Province of Ontario Immigration Records

The Ontario government created many immigration records under various schemes and promotions it

undertook to attract immigrants to the province. Attend this session to learn about Ontario’s Immigration

Records from 1831 (the time of Upper Canada) until 1900.

 4:00pm; 5:00pm Researching a Time and Place: Putting Your Research on the Ground

Have you ever wished you could put yourself on the ground where your family history research is located?  Where were the families? What events were happening? This session will highlight resources

to help you place your research in a physical time and place. Research strategies and stories from the successful Canadian genealogy series Ancestors in the Attic will be discussed.

For a list of books and articles authored/co-authored by Fawne Stratford-Devai visit: