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HISTORICAL PRESENTATIONS

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Subject Matter: Canadian History

Time Period: Ancient North America (Indigenous Peoples) – Modern-era

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This presentation explores the connection of this region to the history of slavery in North America. While information on the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, and a brief history of slavery in Canada and the US will provide an understanding of the magnitude of this tragic institution, it most importantly gives a voice to those who were enslaved. Together we’ll journey through time to discover the harrowing experiences of the thousands of enslaved men, women and children who fought for freedom in the courts, fled from enslavement on the Underground Railroad (routes that crossed through Quebec/Eastern Ontario), and eventually settled in Ontario.  An environment of learning and openness, this presentation provides an excellent opportunity to ask questions and get answers or more resources for learning.

Subject Matter: Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, History of Slavery in Canada and US, Underground Railroad (St. Lawrence River Routes), Early Ontario Black Settlers, Canadian History

Time Period: 1600s – Mid-Late 1800s

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Do you have a captive ancestor in your family tree?

In fact, many North Americans can count at least one captive ancestor!
Riveting, complex and heartbreaking, the captive story is one of tragedy and triumph. As the battle for the continental supremacy over the colonies in North America raged over generations, people were swept up in its wake – many of them children. The audience will be taken on a treacherous journey, exploring the many complexities of life in ancient lands, and the result of French and English claims to its riches.

Subject Matter: Early North American Wars, Colonial American History, Canadian History

Time Period: Early-1600s – Mid-Late 1700s

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Over 16 years ago, Jennifer began to do genealogy as a way to explore her own family history. Though many ancestors have been added to her extensive family trees in that time, it’s her understanding that it is the human story of each of these individuals that holds the key to unlocking their legacy. Not only coming to better understand our complex North American story, Jennifer has also developed a better understanding of who she is, and her place in the ongoing story. “As though listening to stories that echo through the generations,” discover how Jennifer uses her research and writing to journey with her ancestors in an effort to “discover the humanity in the history.”

First delivered at the Great Canadian Genealogy Summit (GCGS) in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. October 2016.

“Our Opening Plenary speaker was Jennifer DeBruin. Jennifer got us off to a great start with her inspirational and moving talk about her ancestors and how she came to know them through sharing their stories. People were pumped and ready for the weekend to begin.”GCGS Website

Subject Matter: North American History (Canadian and American History), Genealogy, Research Methods, Importance of Historical Context and Perspective, Writing, LegacyPresentation Title & Synopsis: 

Subject Matter: United Empire Loyalists, American Revolution, Colonial American History, Canadian History

Time Period: Mid-1700s – Early 1800s, focusing on American Revolution 1775-1783

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Subject Matter: United Empire Loyalists, American Revolution, Colonial American History, Canadian History

Time Period: Mid-1700s – Early 1800s, focusing on American Revolution 1775-1783

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From the shores of the mighty St. Lawrence River, one of Canada’s most historic regions – settled by United Empire Loyalists in the 1780’s and renowned for its beauty – can now only be brought to life through the memories of its onetime residents. The ‘Lost Villages,’ once vibrant and bustling, now lie under dark waters. In 1958, our history changed forever.

Subject Matter: Canadian History, St. Lawrence River/Early Ontario Life, St. Lawrence Seaway Project

Time Period: Ancient (Indigenous Land Use), Early 1700s – Mid-20th Century, Focus on: St. Lawrence Seaway Project (1954-58)

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The audience will be taken on an incredible journey, walking in the footsteps of the women who inspired Jennifer’s novels – and who often linger in the shadows of history. She will also share why she writes, and why it is important to explore the stories of women.

Subject Matter: Canadian History, Colonial American History, Genealogy

Time Period: Early 1700s – Mid-20th Century

GENEALOGY PRESENTATIONS

Discovering & Sharing Our History – Our Story

(Genealogy: Beginner – Intermediate)

Topic Highlights: 

  • Preparing to Research: Suggested forms, what to look for first, etc…
  • Where to Research: Types of sources, sites to visit (electronic & physical), etc…
  • Importance of Historical Context: Understanding the times of our ancestors, and how it offers clues to further research
  • Ways to Share Information: Ideas on documenting, storing, and sharing with family and others
  • Introduction to Genealogical DNA: Options and uses in research

 

Historical & Genealogical School Presentations Available – Primary, Secondary & Post-Secondary

EXAMPLES of Recent Presentations

Bicentennial Branch UELAC (Kingsville, ON), Great Canadian Genealogy Summit – Opening Plenary Speaker (Brampton, ON), Prince Edward County Museums | Lost Villages Historical Society | 1000 Islands River Heritage Society | Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) – Ottawa Branch | Brockville Collegiate Institute (Gr.7) | UELAC—Branches: Kingston, St. Lawrence, Bay of Quinte, Kawartha, Toronto, Sir Guy Carleton| Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) – Cornwall & District, Nepean | Women’s Institute (WI) – Kingston & District *

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Presentation Specs:

  • Length: Available in 20 minute, 40 minute, or 1-hour (Genealogy sessions 1-hour+), or custom length to organizational requirements
  • Format: Multimedia (requiring overhead projector & screen – laptop supplied by presenter). Microphone if large room, otherwise, speaker is adept at projecting voice.
  • Fee: Fair Honorarium (+travel depending on distance)
  • Sales: Presenter requests ability to make books available for sale to audience after presentations. If presenting in United States of America, host organization is responsible for onsite sales and forwarding funds to author.