Meetings of the Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador usually feature a guest lecturer but occasionally take the form of a workshop. These meetings are open to the general public, and there is no charge for admission.

Public lectures are normally held at 7:30 PM on the fourth Tuesday of the following months: January, February, March, April, May, September, October, and November, but sometimes dates have to be changed because of conflicting civic functions, adverse weather conditions, etc. For updates please check our website. If you are a FHSNL member then please let us know if you would like to receive meeting notifications by e-mail.

The Society's Annual General Meeting is generally held early in the year, usually in conjunction with the public lecture in May.

Audio recordings, presenters' slides, etc., from several of our past meetings and lectures are available further down on this webpage.

Upcoming Lectures

11 July 2018 at (time TBA)
Speaker: Amalie Tuffin
Topic: TBA
Location: Hampton Hall at the Marine Institute

Archived Lectures (Publicly Accessible for Downloading)

24 April 2012
Speaker: Pat Walsh
Topic: Climbing My Family Tree. Where Do I Start?
Available to FHSNL Members and Non-Members: slides from Pat Walsh's lecture and an audio recording of the meeting
(File sizes: 17 MB and 37 MB)

24 October 2017
Speaker: David Pike
Topic: Mitochondrial DNA and its genealogical applications
Available to FHSNL Members and Non-Members: slides from David Pike's lecture and an audio recording of the meeting
(File sizes: 2 MB and 60 MB)

22 May 2018
Speaker: David Pike
Topic: Autosomal DNA and its genealogical applications
Abstract: Autosomal DNA comprises the 22 non-sex-determining chromosome pairs that we inherit from our parents, and which are subject to the random process of recombination with each passing generation. Blocks of autosomal DNA that people share with one another indicate that they share common ancestry. The more blocks that are shared between two people, and the bigger they are, the closer the relationship. Identifying relatives on the basis of shared blocks of DNA provides a valuable tool to assist with researching one's family tree. This talk will provide an introduction to this aspect of genetic genealogy, and will include a selection of illustrative examples drawn primarily from David Pike's experiences with the Family Finder test offered by Family Tree DNA.
Available to FHSNL Members and Non-Members: slides from David Pike's lecture and an audio recording of the meeting
(File sizes: 4 MB and 68 MB)

Archived Lectures (Downloading these is limited to FHSNL members)

26 April 2011
Speaker: Gordon Handcock
Topic: Story of the Eastport Peninsula
Available to FHSNL Members: slides from Dr. Handcock's lecture and an audio recording of the meeting
(File sizes are 30 MB and 59 MB)

24 May 2011
Speaker: David Pike
Topic: New Developments in Genealogical DNA Testing
Available to FHSNL Members: slides from Dr. Pike's lecture and an audio recording of the meeting
(File sizes are 96 KB and 48 MB)

27 September 2011
Speaker: John Griffin
Topic: Guide to Genealogical Material in the Newfoundland and Labrador Collection - Newfoundland Public Libraries
Available to FHSNL Members: Genealogy Guide document, slides from John Griffin's lecture and an audio recording of the meeting
(File sizes are 229 KB, 1.5 MB and 32 MB)

25 October 2011
Speaker: Frank Galgay
Topic: Family Names of the Southern Shore
Available to FHSNL Members: slides from Frank Galgay's lecture and an audio recording of the meeting
(File sizes: 995 KB and 28 MB)

22 November 2011
Speaker: Mike Wilkshire
Topic: "Mormon emigration to Utah: love, cholera, and the overland trek"
Available to FHSNL Members: slides from Mike Wilkshire's lecture and an audio recording of the meeting
(File sizes: 2 MB and 35 MB)

24 January 2012
Speaker: Nath Sheppard
Topic: Bell Island
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting (this lecture did not have any slides)
(File size: 45 MB)

28 February 2012
Speaker: David Dawe
Topic: Riots and Religions in Newfoundland
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting (this lecture did not have any slides)
(File size: 48 MB)

27 March 2012
Speaker: Mike Flynn
Topic: People of Bay Roberts
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting (this lecture did not have any slides)
(File size: 35 MB)

22 May 2012
Speaker: Leslie Winsor
Topic: Finding Fallen and Buried Headstones in Burgeo
Available to FHSNL Members: photos from Leslie Winsor's lecture and an audio recording of the meeting
(File sizes: 171 MB and 32 MB)

27 November 2012
Speaker: Colleen Field
Topic: Genealogical resources in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies and QE II Library
Available to FHSNL Members: slides from Colleen Field's lecture and an audio recording of the meeting
(File sizes: 10 MB and 32 MB)

26 February 2013
Speakers: Valerie Burton and Mark Humphries, Department of History, Memorial University
Topic: A Soldier or Sailor in the Family: Getting into the Primary Evidence
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 62 MB)
Dr. Burton has also provided a link to a condensed version of her lecture, at YouTube

26 March 2013
Speaker: Craig Peterman
Topic: Cemetery Secrets: A look at burial places, grave markers, and what we can learn from them
Available to FHSNL Members: slides from Craig Peterman's lecture and an audio recording of the meeting
(File sizes: 18 MB and 39 MB)

23 April 2013
Speaker: David Pike
Topic: The WHITE Family of Tickle Cove, Bonavista Bay
Available to FHSNL Members: slides from David Pike's lecture and an audio recording of the meeting
(File sizes: 16 MB and 39 MB)

24 September 2013
Speaker: Paul Ludlow
Topic: Ludlow Family History
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting (this lecture did not have any slides)
(File size: 37 MB)

22 October 2013
Speaker: Rev. Guy Matthews
Title: And Where Do You Belong To?
Abstract: In this presentation, Rev. Matthews talks with us about the stories of our families and how we understand ourselves through them. We look at how humor and tragedy have shaped us and, in our modern times, we have to consider the stories that our genetics tell as well.
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting (this lecture did not have any slides)
(File size: 31 MB)

26 November 2013
Speaker: Bert Riggs
Topic: Family Members who Served in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 37 MB)

28 January 2014
Speaker: Gerald Barnable
Topic: The Journal and Cases of Robert Carter Esq. J.P. 1832-1840
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting (this lecture did not have any slides)
(File size: 49 MB)

25 February 2014
Speaker: René Estrada
Topic: The Basilica Collections and Documents Management Policy
Available to FHSNL Members: slides from René Estrada's lecture and an audio recording of the meeting
(File sizes: 1 MB and 31 MB)

25 March 2014
Speaker: Geoff Carnell
Topic: Carnell’s Carriage Factory, Over Two Hundred Years in Business
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting (this lecture did not have any slides)
(File size: 37 MB)

22 April 2014
Speakers: Dan Duda and David Mercer
Topics: Shipping Routes to/from Newfoundland and a WWI Database
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 39 MB)

27 May 2014
Speaker: David Mercer
Topic: The CLB and the Newfoundland Regiment
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 29 MB)

23 September 2014
Speaker: Dr. A. (Rick) Cooper, retired professor and Chair of Pediatrics and current Pediatrician at the Janeway Child Health Centre
Topic: Diseases that caused serious morbidity and mortality in NL in the 20th Century
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 43 MB)

28 October 2014
Speaker: Honorable Edward M Roberts
Topic: The re-formation of the (Royal) Newfoundland Regiment in August and September 1914.
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting (this lecture did not have any slides)
(File size: 48 MB)

25 November 2014
Speaker: Bert Riggs
Topic: Brothers in Arms: Family relationships in the Newfoundland Regiment
Available to FHSNL Members: slides from Bert Riggs' lecture and an audio recording of the meeting
(File sizes: 8 MB and 40 MB)

27 January 2015
Speaker: Dr. Kathleen Hodgkinson
Topic: Family history and DNA: our history written with different alphabets. Are the stories the same?
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 34 MB)

24 February 2015
Speaker: Suzanne Sexty
Topic: W.F.Butler, Architect: A Journey of Discovery
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 44 MB)

24 March 2015
Speaker: David Pike
Topic: Genealogical DNA Testing and Phasing
Available to FHSNL Members: slides from David Pike's lecture and an audio recording of the meeting
(File sizes: 1 MB and 52 MB)

28 April 2015
Speaker: Jenny Higgins
Topic: Perished - The 1914 Newfoundland Sealing Disaster
Available to FHSNL Members: slides from Jenny Higgins' lecture and an audio recording of the meeting
(File sizes: 4 MB and 31 MB)

26 May 2015
Speaker: Heather Wareham
Topic: Update on MUN's Maritime History Archive
Available to FHSNL Members: slides from Heather Wareham's lecture and an audio recording of the meeting
(File sizes: 2 MB and 33 MB)

22 September 2015
Speaker: Cabot Martin
Topic: Early Welsh names in Newfoundland
Available to FHSNL Members: slides from Cabot Martin's lecture and an audio recording of the meeting
(File sizes: 1 MB and 47 MB)

27 October 2015
Speakers: Ken Pittman and Vicki Pennell from the Pouch Cove Heritage Society
Topic: Our Home by the Sea
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 48 MB)

26 January 2016
Speaker: Greg Walsh
Topic: The Rooms Provincial Archives Division - Overview and Update on Activities
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 53 MB)

23 February 2016
Speakers: Carol Squires and Carol Anne Hollett
Topic: Family history resources
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 38 MB)

22 March 2016
Speaker: Dr. Patrick Mannion
Topic: Irishness and Empire: Newfoundland's Irish Nationalists, 1880-1950
Available to FHSNL Members: slides from Dr. Mannion's lecture and an audio recording of the meeting
(File sizes: 1.6 MB and 46 MB)

26 April 2016
Speaker: Dr. Ean Parsons
Topic: Service and Luck, One (Extended) Newfoundland Family During the Great War
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 40 MB)

24 May 2016
Speaker: Bert Riggs
Topic: One Degree of Separation: World War One and Family Connections at Gower Street Methodist Church
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 52 MB)

27 September 2016
Speaker: Allan Byrne
Topic: A Beautiful Sight: Stories from the Port of St. John's
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 48 MB)

25 Octomber 2016
Speaker: Margot Duley
Topic: Like an improbable plot - the family history of Newfoundland's first novelist Margaret Duley
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 40 MB)

29 November 2016
Speaker: Elsa Flack, accompanied by Donna Walsh and Ellen Penney
Topic: Peace by Piece - Quilted Memories of Newfoundland in the Great War
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 35 MB)

31 January 2017
Speaker: James Connor
Topic: Grenfell Doctor Autobiographies
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 58 MB)

28 February 2017
Speaker: Dr. Hans Rollmann
Topic: Early printing and publishing among the Moravian Settlements in Labrador
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 67 MB)

28 March 2017
Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Connor
Topic: Providing Families with Reading Matter: Libraries in the Grenfell Medical Mission
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 42 MB)

25 April 2017
Speaker: Right Reverend Dr. Geoffrey Peddle
Topic: The Church Lads' Brigade in Newfoundland: A People's Story, 1892-2017
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 39 MB)

30 May 2017
Speaker: Bert Riggs
Topic: The Ropers of St. John's, Bonavista, Halifax and Points Beyond
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 80 MB)

26 September 2017
Speaker: Nathan Sheppard
Topic: Historic Bell Island
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 52 MB)

28 November 2017
Speaker: Diane Tye
Topic: The Ingredients of a life: Reading Family History through Recipes
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 43 MB)

23 January 2018
Speaker: Gerald Barnable
Topic: The La Plata Incident and the Legal Headaches that Followed
Abstract: On Dec. 23rd, Tibb's Eve, 1857 Trepassey people were delighted to discover another ship about to wreck in Mutton Bay. There was no loss of life and the ship came ashore in one piece. The Trepassey people must have been disappointed when they discovered she wasn't laden with cargo that could be salved or plundered. What they didn't know, or at least the most of them didn't, was that she carried approximately $10,000 in specie to be used to buy fish. The many who saw the ship as the prize almost instantly decided she was doomed and would leave Trepassey nevermore. The few who knew of the gold had a different focus. The Spaniards whose gold it was, wanted to keep all of it. The merchant family who had befriended the stranded mariners and who, by status rather than legal authority, had taken control of things, imagined they should get some of it for their troubles. Both the family and the mariners were agreed on one thing -the temptation of so much money should be quietly removed from the community and brought to St. John's. Safely back in St. John's, the Spaniards made a complaint about how they and their ship had been treated in Trepassey. The patriarch of the merchant family, a court official himself and the brother of two high government officials of the town, disagreed. A spate of lawyer's letters, diplomatic notes and, finally, court cases followed and continued for over a year after. The Governor, the Colonial office, the leading lawyers, and of course the press got involved.
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 46 MB)

27 March 2018
Speaker: Shane O'Dea
Topic: The Genealogy of a House: Researching an 1834 Structure in St. John's
Available to FHSNL Members: an audio recording of the meeting
(File size: 42 MB)

24 April 2018
Speaker: Pat Angel
Topic: Finding my Female Ancestors (and their men) on the Northern Avalon
Available to FHSNL Members: slides from Pat Angel's lecture and an audio recording of the meeting
(File sizes: 9 MB and 42 MB)