Saturday 19 December 2015

Wishing you the best of the season.......

It was the week before Christmas and all through the house, research was ongoing, can't keep up with my mouse....

Research never seems to stop does it?

Whether for genealogy, planning a trip, or learning how to fix the hot water heater..... every day is a research (and learning!) day.

Wishing you nothing but breakthroughs in your genealogy quests, happiness and good health in the New Year and always.....

May we cross paths in 2016, make intriguing connections and share new adventures!


Tuesday 24 November 2015

Genealogy ~ All over the Place !

Genealogy, the more you know, the more you want to's a learning experience at every turn. Oh, there is so much to learn! 

So grateful to learn from my friends, my genealogy friends......and to share the knowledge. 

I am active on Facebook "Shannon's Genealogy Friends" where people meet, exchange genealogy news and interests. Facebook's genealogy community as a whole is growing expeditiously. A few favourites: the Alberta Genealogical Society (AGS), several branches of the AGS, Genealogy & Historical Databases, Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) International. The list goes on and on but let's step away from the computer shall we? 
A few goings on to note: 

Sherwood Park, Alberta
A great group of people meet at Family Tree Trackers in Sherwood Park at the Strathcona County Library, on the 2nd Thursday of the month meeting is January 14, 2015.   All are welcome !

Camrose, Alberta be sure to check out the Camrose Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society. Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month..... meeting next on January 14, 2015.  For more information:

If you have research interests in and around Camrose, contact the Camrose Branch for research assistance. 

Let's travel! 

RootsTech 2016 Salt Lake City  

Discover and share your family stories and connections at RootsTech, February 3-6, 2016

Coincidentally, I am trying to complete my registration form for RootsTech tonight. It will be my first trip there. I know it's going to be amazing!

Salt Lake City

From the good folks at Medicine Hat...... heard last years trip was a blast. And for every good thing, there should be an encore!
Salt Lake City Adventure 
May 15-22, 2016 
Book asap, it's bound to fill up quick!


Friday 13 November 2015

Follow up ~ Genealogy in the Park Nov 7, 2015

Tammy Lough and Shannon Switzer Cherkowski

What a wonderful fun-filled day that was! Tammy and I are still spinning! Thank you to all who came out to enjoy the day! It was sincerely our pleasure to host this, our first Genealogy in the Park day.

Learning Opportunities

Networking & Sharing 


Re-Connecting and Connecting with Genealogy Friends!



Dave's presentation "Decoding the Dash" .....Alberta sources and evidence of a 'lifelong resident of Spokane'.

Our sincerest thanks to: 

Dave Obee ...our presenter and vendor           

Provincial Archives of Alberta – smart phone stands, travellers bandaids, lighted magnifying glasses, paper

Shop the Hound - Jason

Alberta Genealogical Society - Claudine N.

Lou T. – providing audio equipment, set up and management

Chris - Park AV Rentals

Todd - muffins and squares – his contact information is in the programme…… Book him soon….Christmas is coming!

Winn (Shannon's mom) - gluten free banana bread and orange loaf 

John H. audio visual technical programmer

John A. projector contribution

Kristen B. (Shannon's daughter) video cam contribution

Denise D.  Photography

Family Tree Trackers & Camrose Branch group members - registration, hall set up and take down 

The Recents - Ted

Shannon's Research Services 


a few comments from the feedback forms:

What did you like the most?

"the friendliest group of people"
"the whole thing was brilliant"
"information on sources we would not otherwise know about"
"location was excellent!"
"the peanut butter marshmallow bars - joke! - They are the 2nd best thing....Dave was the best part!"

What did you like the least:
"none of it"
"I didn't win a door prize"
"I ate too many sweets"
"Tables were a teensy bit close to the vendor tables...." "too squishy" 
     note from us:  We were advised the hall held 120 seated at tables.  (We had 83 people in the house) We will be getting a larger hall for our next event, and will ensure that people will be able to maneuver easily. ~ S & T

One person changed this question to read "What did you like  the least even better: the talks and information....spell binding. Great food...."

"Really enjoyed the day, even though I did not win a door prize.  Enjoyed my table mates. Drove 6.5 hours and was not disappointed."
"I'll watch for future sessions"
Wow! To bring a speaker of Dave's caliber to Sherwood Park!   ( note from us: We know....right!?!?!?!?  WOW!!. But seriously, Dave is the BEST! )

Comments received the week after: 

"Many thanks to Shannon and Tammy for organizing a TERRIFIC seminar with Dave Obee this past Saturday. He is a wonderful inspiration for rookies such as me" A.M.

"Congratulations to you & all who assisted (& baked) in the Genealogy in the Park conference.
It was awesome – you all did a marvelous job!" R.S.

"I’m tired from a wonderful day and I just imagine that you and Tammy are exhausted. You gals did a tremendous job right from the planning, publicity, set up and right through the day too. Lots of learning, lots of networking!" D.D.

"Put your feet up and enjoy some quiet time knowing you and Tammy did an excellent job." C.N.  

I'm still smiling ...learned a lot and enjoyed meeting people.  Thank you to both of you - very lucky to have had a chance to hear Dave Obee. T.A.

"You both did great last week, super impressed, super happy that I was a part of it". 
~Dave Obee

Summary of the day:
75% return on feedback forms - thanks to all who took the time to complete them. 

The appreciation showed to us has encouraged us to think about doing an event like this again! 

Wishes granted, look for upcoming breaking news about our next Genealogy in the Park event.

Shannon & Tammy

Find us on "Shannon's Genealogy Friends" on Facebook

Sunday 8 November 2015

Friday 6 November 2015

Egad! It's the night before!

Making a list, checking it twice.... sure it's only November, but tomorrow is "Genealogy in the Park featuring Dave Obee"!!!!

Tammy and I offer our heartfelt thank yous to all who helped and will be helping, for spreading the word, set up of the hall, advice on electronics, coffee makers, the list is many things to get done, It's impossible for two people to do alone.  Thank you!

Tomorrow is going to be such a fabulous day. Presentations by Dave, always fantastic!, networking opportunities, and seeing our genealogy friends!

Tentative Revised Schedule

8:00am - Doors open
8:50am - Announcements
9:00am – “Genealogy by Google
10:00am-10:30am - break
10:30am – “Beyond the Online Basics
11:45am - Lunch (may start a bit earlier)
1:00:pm – “Decoding the Dash
2:30 pm – 15 minute break

2:45 pm “Geography of Genealogy in Europe” (approx. 1 hour).


~Shannon & Tammy

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Genealogy in the Park featuring Dave Obee ---- fast approaching!

Ah, the week of an event, always a scurry of activity! 

If you have not reserved your pay-at-the door seat with either Tammy or myself....Imperative to do so by Friday as we are getting close to capacity! Our contact information is on the poster and brochure

It's been amazing to watch the unsolicited publicity Genealogy in the Park Featuring Dave Obee (this Saturday!) has received.

Our sincere thanks to 
Gail Dever, of 
St.Albert's Place on the Web 
Clandigger (Edmonton Branch AGS newsletter)

Isn't that what genealogy is all about? Spreading the word of learning opportunities.
We are very grateful.

We will have just a few vendors -
Dave Obee - Book sales
Shop the Hound - Genealogy related items
Alberta Genealogical Society - Book sales and information about the AGS
and Strathcona County's Dave Drader will be in the house-more information about Strathcona County's people and self publishing than you ever knew possible.

Bring Cash!

Off and running, lots to do!

Monday 14 September 2015

Navigating Genealogy Websites Presentation October 20, 2015

Join me on Tuesday October 20, 2015 at the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library to learn how to navigate genealogy websites. (This would be a great presentation to attend prior to attending the Genealogy in the Park Day on November 7th!)
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Tuesday 11 August 2015

Genealogy in the Park - Nov 7, 2015 and Who We Are

Tammy and I got together in July and were talking about genealogy, one of our most favorite topics of course!

We are true believers that getting together with like-minded individuals and networking is absolutely the best way to learn the most about genealogy. 

We talked about the possibility of a genealogy day. Next thing you know, we had it all planned in two hours.

Then the work began!

About us: 
Shannon Switzer Cherkowski has been extremely involved in genealogy since 2000. Shannon joined The Recents website and provides research assistance to people around the world who need to obtain genealogical information from the Edmonton area. Shannon excels in adoption related genealogy searches helping to bring closure to people involved in the adoption triangle. A member and active volunteer of the Alberta Genealogical Society, she has co-chaired two previous successful 2-day conferences. Shannon hosts the Family Tree Trackers group held the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Strathcona County Library, which is now going into its 5th year. Shannon also provides genealogy presentations.

Tammy Lough has been studying with the National Institute of Genealogical Studies since 2011 and is near completion of her Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS) for England and Canada. Tammy has been helping people worldwide with their genealogy research and has recently joined Shannon's Research Services as an associate. Tammy is a volunteer at the Strathcona County Library in Sherwood Park as "Genealogist in the House" - a one on one assistance program to those needing help with their genealogy and is an active attendee at Family Tree Trackers

As you may notice, we are two active individuals! 

It is our delight to announce that Shannon's Research Services and Shannon's Genealogy Friends on Facebook are co-sponsoring the Genealogy in the Park event featuring Dave Obee to be held at Wye Community Hall in Sherwood Park, Alberta on November 7, 2015. See posts for further details.