Dave Obee will be the BC Genealogical Society’s 2017 Seminar’s Keynote Speaker, Friday, June 9th, 2017.
Dave Obee is a journalist and genealogical researcher who has written a dozen books and given 600 presentations at conferences and seminars in Canada, the United States and Australia since 1997.
He is Editor-in-Chief of the Times Colonist in Victoria, British Columbia. He has worked as a journalist in British Columbia and Alberta since 1972.
He is a member of the Board of Canada’s History Society, which publishes Canada’s History, the magazine formerly known as The Beaver, and Kayak, which is a history magazine for children, as well as related websites.
Dave is a columnist for Internet Genealogy magazine and Your Genealogy Today magazine, formerly Family Chronicle. Dave has also written about family history for Canada’s History as well as Your Family Tree in the United Kingdom.
In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Victoria for his work as a historian, genealogist and journalist. In 2014 he was presented with the Governor General’s Caring Canadian award for his work as a community volunteer.
In 2012, the British Columbia Historical Federation named Dave’s 2011 book, The Library Book: A History of Service to British Columbia, as one of the top three examples of historical writing in the province. It is a comprehensive look at library service and development over the past two centuries. In 2009, the Federation awarded Dave a Certificate of Appreciation “for his many contributions to British Columbia History”. The certificate says that Dave “has researched, spoken, written, campaigned, lobbied and published the province’s heritage.”
Dave has also received a Certificate of Recognition from Heritage BC for his work on the British Colonist website which features 60 years of the leading newspaper in Victoria. The website was based on an idea hatched by Dave and university professors John Lutz and Patrick Dunae. This site makes a top resource available to researchers around the world.
Dave was the recipient of the B.C. Library Association’s Keith Sacre Library Champion Award for 2010/2011; this is the association’s top award for non-librarians. This honoured his research into the history of libraries in British Columbia. In 2016 Dave received a Heritage Advocate award from North Vancouver District in recognition of his work on the history of the District’s library system, published in 2014 as Fifty! With a Fabulous Future.