Pat Acton is the current President of the Victoria Genealogical Society. Her genealogical journey spans over 20 years and covers research from Saskatchewan to Scotland and Ireland to Prussia. Patricia has exceptional knowledge to share, bolstered by her completion of about 50 classes from the Institute of Genealogical Studies, associated with the University of Toronto. Beyond her formal education, Patricia also shares her insights and discoveries through her blog, TheirOwnStories.com, and has penned several family histories.
Gerry Poulton began genealogy research over thirty years ago in the days of microfilm. Gerry is now a member of several genealogical societies and volunteers at the Victoria Genealogical Society’s Learning and Research Centre. Gerry has presented workshops on a variety of genealogy topics for more than fifteen years. Gerry’s research specialties are the lands where his own ancestors hailed from: England, Ireland, Germany, and Ontario. Gerry was born and raised in Saskatchewan and taught Chemistry at the University of Victoria for nearly 40 years.
Sarah Hamster is a veteran genealogist with over 30 years of experience. She has been an active member of the Victoria Genealogical Society for over 20 years. Sarah is recognized for her expertise in organizing genealogical records, helping bring order to the often-chaotic pursuit of family history. Currently, Sarah is elevating her skills by pursuing a certification in Eastern European genealogy from the International Institute of Genealogical Studies.
Mark is a professional genealogist, the Vice President of the Victoria Genealogical Society (VGS), and the chair of the VGS DNA Special Interest Group. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Mark uses genetic and traditional genealogical research methods, combined with a deep understanding of information technology and analysis, to help his clients shed light on their family histories and mysteries. Mark speaks regularly on a variety of genealogy-related topics. Mark’s blog can be found at MakingFamilyHistory.com