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NFHS General Meeting
March 20, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Claire Smith-Burns – Genealogical Research & Educator
Claire Smith-Burns became intrigued with family history in her teen-years and has been happily involved in genealogical research since then. Her long experience with Canadian, British and Dutch records has been influenced by her educational background in anthropology (Universities of British Columbia and Victoria) and career in museum and archival management. Claire has been active with genealogy societies across Canada and has many years experience in designing and implementing educational programs, workshops and conferences. In 1999, she attended a three-week genealogy study tour in England through Samford University, Alabama. Claire has also completed several courses through the BYU Family History program. She has led six research trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and organized ten “Harvest Your Family Tree” conferences for the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society. These conferences were some of the largest genealogy events held in Western Canada. Claire has published several articles in Canadian genealogy journals and was awarded the Marion Keffer Prize by the Ontario Genealogical Society in 2002 for best original article. Currently, Claire is chairperson of both the Public Education and Library Committees for the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society and is the Online Parish Clerk for three parishes in Dorset, England. In her other life, Claire manages her husband’s international safety consulting company, enjoys hiking and spends countless hours in her garden in Kelowna, British Columbia.