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Dave Obee has written a dozen books and has given more than 700 presentations at genealogy and history conferences since 1997. He offers four dozen presentation topics, ranging from general genealogical information, to Canadian research, to technology and more.
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Upcoming presentations (most will be online)

Monday, May 13 -- Nanaimo, British Columbia
Nanaimo Family History Society
In person
An Even Fresher Light on Old Newspapers

Wednesday, June 5 -- Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Online webinar series
Bridging the Gaps: Using DNA to get results in Eastern Europe

Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16 -- Toronto, Ontario
Ontario Ancestors annual conference
In person
A Fresh Light on Old Newspapers
Eastern European Research Online
Family History Research in Western Canada

Wednesday, July 3 -- London, England
Society of Genealogists
Canada and the United States for British Genealogists

Tuesday, August 6 to Friday, August 9 -- Salt Lake City, Utah
Foundation for East European Family History Studies
In person
Records of Soviet Repression
Leaving Volhynia

Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18 -- Online seminar
Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe
Leaving Volhynia

Monday, September 16 -- Nanaimo, British Columbia
Nanaimo Family History Society
In person
The Road Ahead: A Genealogical Pot-Pourri


Monday, January 27 -- Winnipeg, Manitoba
Manitoba Genealogical Society
Eastern European Research Online

Dave's presentations to date

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For more information, please check Dave's speaking schedule, which includes all of his past talks on genealogy, as well as his list of seminar topics.

Books written by Dave
dave books Dave has written a dozen books on family history and local history topics. A full list of his books is found here. Some of his early books are available for free -- see below.

Free PDF downloads:
Back to the Land: A Genealogical Guide to Land Records
Federal Voters Lists in Western Canada 1935-1979
Federal Voters Lists in Ontario 1935-1979
Lethbridge 1891: A Settlement Becomes a Town
Newspapers on microfilm at the University of Victoria library

Other resources on this site:
Toronto ward boundaries 1834-1908
Index to the 1891 census of Lethbridge, Alberta
Passenger list of the Montcalm, July 16, 1936
Two books based on life in Alberta's Swan Hills

Honours over the years
dave obee at university of victoria In 2012, the University of Victoria presented Dave with an honourary doctorate of laws for his work as a journalist, historian and genealogist. He has received several other national and provincial awards. Read more about Dave.

Video and audio samples

The Library Book launch, 2011 (video)
Unrehearsed presentation, with an actor playing a library pioneer

10 Top Tips for How to Bust Through Your Genealogy Brick Wall (video)
Genealogy Gems, with Lisa Louise Cooke

Genealogy Gems (audio)
Episode 92, with host Lisa Louise Cooke

My Ellerby Saga

DNA: Should Siblings Test?

DNA: Weiss Ancestry

Book reviews
Victoria history
Genealogy columns

Dave's other sites:
CanGenealogy | Volhynia

robp270.jpg Royal Oak Burial Park
A Century of Service. Published in 2023, the centennial of the largest municipal cemetery in British Columbia, owned by Saanich and Victoria. It includes a history of the cemetery as well as section-by-section biographies of about 500 people buried there. All burial locations included in the bio section are identified with GPS co-ordinates. C$30.00

crossing canada On immigration
Dave is the author of Destination Canada, the most comprehensive book on immigration into this country. Dave also speaks about immigration at family history conferences.

chelm, poland On Eastern Europe
Dave made his first research visit to Eastern Europe in 1995, and has been back several times since. He gives several presentations on research sources in that area.

obees in 1911 census On the census
Dave's book Counting Canada is the most comprehensive guide available for researchers using the Canadian census. It covers the history of the census and offers advice for effective research.

colonist from 1868 On newspapers
Dave has been a journalist for more than four decades, so offers a unique perspective on getting the most information from old newspapers.

shirley douglas Ancestry launch
Dave Obee presents Shirley Douglas with a published copy of her family history at the official launch of, in Toronto in May 2006.

Internet Genealogy

Dave writes a column in every issue of Internet Genealogy.

Extra! Extra!

Toby Theatre 1960 -- What was playing in Invermere, way back when

Radium Drive-In 1960 -- In the summer, the drive-in was open

Mr. Walker's class, fall of 1965
Falun School, Alberta

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