Family histories discovered in new workshop

Two internationally recognized experts will be on hand when the Qualicum Beach Family History Society hosts an all-day workshop.

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PARKSVILLE — Two internationally recognized experts will be on hand when the Qualicum Beach Family History Society hosts an all-day workshop.

The event, slated for the Quality Resort Bayside on Oct. 22, will be conducted by Sherry Irvine and Dave Obee.

Irvine specializes in English, Scottish and Irish family history and has  lectured in Canada, the U.S.A., New Zealand and Australia.

She writes for Ancestral Daily News and the UK-based Origins Network.

Irvine has also led England and Scotland study tours and taught the Samford campus program courses on English and Scottish research methods. She is the author of three genealogy books and now teaches students online.

Dave Obee is a journalist and genealogical researcher who has written a dozen books and given more than 400 presentations at conferences and seminars in Canada and the United States.

He runs several websites including, a site dedicated to the old German colonies in the northwest corner of Ukraine. Obee has visited 17 countries in Europe, and has done genealogical research in most of them.

He served as president of the  Federation of East European Family History Societies, and is now their webmaster.  Participants may also recognize him as the editorial page editor of the Times Colonist.

The registration fee of $50 includes a light lunch in the Bayside Bistro and Lounge. The deadline for registration is Oct. 17.

People who are interested can register in person at Fireside Books in Parksville, or they can register at the Sept. 21 general meeting of the Qualicum Beach Family History Society which is slated to be held at 7 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion in Qualicum Beach.

For further information please visit the Qualicum Beach Family History Society’s website at and click on the upcoming workshop link.

— Submitted by the Qualicum Beach Family History Society.

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