Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Finding Your Scottish Ancestors in Canada webinar

From Lanarkshire Family History Society (

Finding Your Scottish Ancestors in Canada
a webinar by - Christine Woodcock, in conjunction with Lanarkshire Family History Society

Taking place online via Zoom on Thursday 29th October at 7.30pm GMT (Note this Webinar is free for all to join)

Thousands of Scots left their homeland and emigrated to Canada, many seeking a better life. Scots began coming to Canada in the mid 1600s, first as entrepreneurs – men on the make, and then as a means to an end – ways to enjoy a better life and to have the opportunity to own their own land. Others were sent to Canada in hopes of them having a better life than the one they left behind.

In this presentation, we will cover: -

•    Merchants to Newfoundland.
•    HBC.
•    Highland Scots to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.
•    Selkirk Settlers.
•    Huron Tract.
•    CN/Northwest Settlements.
•    British Home Children.
•    Farm Boys.
•    Domestic Servants.

Christine Woodcock is a genealogy educator who enjoys sharing knowledge and opportunities with others to assist them in their quest to find their Scottish ancestors. 

This includes organizing research tours for the Scots diaspora to research in the repositories in Scotland. When not organizing genealogy research tours to Scotland, Christine lectures on Scottish genealogy, hosts webinars, authors blogs and articles.

She is the webinar coordinator for the ISBGFH (International Society for British Genealogy and Family History) and has begun organizing their Virtual Institute.

Christine is the editor for British Connections, a quarterly newsletter for the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History.

She will be assisted by Clare Wilson of Treehouse Genealogy who will share information on Lanarkshire Family History Societies Research Centre and how you can benefit from being a member.

Clare Wilson often assists Lanarkshire Family History Society and her Business Treehouse Genealogy is based in North Lanarkshire.   

She is the Creator of ‘Kilted Ancestors’, a Group where members can share stories about their Scottish Ancestry and the New Monkland (Airdrie) Back in Time Group.  
She also teaches Family History to various Community Groups across Central Scotland.

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the webinar.   If you don’t already have Zoom installed on your Computer or device you may be prompted to do so, if this is the case remember to sign in a bit earlier to allow extra time for the install.     The webinar should start automatically if it doesn’t please follow the instructions within the email. 

(With thanks to Clare Wilson)


My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.


  1. Are there plans to record the sessions for access later?

    1. Sorry, no idea - you would need to contact the organisers directly to find out.