Claire Smith-Burns to speak at the BC Genealogical Society’s 2017 Seminar, June 9-11, 2017 in Coquitlam
Claire Smith-Burns descends from early BC families on her father’s side and became intrigued with family history as a teenager. 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 careers in museum, archival and library 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 2004, she developed a course on Canadian Genealogy for the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History’s annual Institute in Salt Lake City and she has been a speaker at various genealogy conferences in BC. Claire has made numerous trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and has led a research tour there every two years since 2007. She has published several articles in Canadian genealogy periodicals and was awarded the Marion Keffer Prize by the Ontario Genealogical Society in May 2002 for “best original article.” Currently, Claire is chairperson of the Public Education Committee and Family & Local History Resource Centre for the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society and sits on the Central Okanagan Heritage Week Committee.
In her other life, Claire is the mother of three grown children. She and her husband own and manage an international management consulting company specializing in safety and attitudinal change. Claire is also an avid gardener and tends her half-acre English Perennial garden in Kelowna, BC.