W. Wayne Shepheard - Genea-Bio


Wayne Shepheard has pursued family history research for a number of decades, on his own behalf and for others, exploring families in North America, Europe and the United Kingdom.
Following a long career as a geologist in the oil and gas industry, Wayne now pursues genealogy as a hobby and as an occasional, professional consultant. In forty years of business-related work he learned and practiced research, writing and management, skills he has transferred to his studies concerning family history. Though no longer actively working as a geologist, Wayne continues to be a life member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.
His view is that humankind has always had to adapt to the ever-changing physical environments in which they lived. In is his genealogical work, Wayne has been particularly mindful of stories concerning families that were both negatively and positively impacted by changes to their habitat and to disasters which sometimes overwhelmed them. He is active in expanding his interest in and writing about natural phenomena and their impacts on people and communities. He has recently published a book that relates many of the situations observed in nature to the lives of families who experienced or endured them, primarily over the past several centuries.
Wayne volunteers as an Online Parish Clerk, handling four parishes in Devon, England. He is the author of several articles published in a number of family history journals and has made presentations related to a variety of subjects to many groups. Wayne writes a regular genealogical blog, Discover Genealogy, set up to tell stories, relate experiences and pass along tips discovered during his genealogical studies. He is a regular contributor to The Pharos Blog: Lighting up Genealogy, set up by Pharos Teaching & Tutoring Limited in the UK.
From 2011 to 2014, Wayne served as Editor of Chinook, the quarterly journal of the Alberta Family Histories Society and in 2015 and 2016 was the Editor of Relatively Speaking, the quarterly journal of the Alberta Genealogical Society. He is currently a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Devon Family History Society, the Guild of One-Name Studies and the Society of Genealogists.
Wayne lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Book:

Surviving Mother Nature’s Tests: The effects climate change and other natural phenomena have had on the lives of our ancestors. (April 2018). Australia: Unlock the Past (publisher).

Articles:

Using Parish & Other Records…to determine what and how certain natural events affected people and communities in the past is currently in press with Family Tree (UK magazine).
The near death of a community: The Great Gale of 1824 is currently in press with Family Tree (UK magazine).
Children at Work is currently in press with Family Tree (UK magazine).
Castles” Employment, History and Structure is currently in press with Family Tree (UK magazine).
The Great Frost and Famine of 1739-41 was published in Volume 36, Number 3 (Christmas) issue of Family Tree (UK magazine).
Finding Birth Parents: Success and Not-So-Much was published in the Fall 2019 issue of Crossroads, the quarterly journal of the Utah Genealogical Association.
Should you start a One-Name Study if there is no one to take it over? was published in Volume 13, Number 7 (July-September 2019) of the Journal of One-Name Studies, the quarterly journal of the Guild of One-Name Studies.
A Family Tragedy: The 1866 Pennine Flood was published in Volume 7, Issue 4 (July 2019) of Going In-Depth Magazine.
Families in Peril: The New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-12 was published in Volume 7, Issue 3 (April 2019) of Going In-Depth Magazine.
Creating New Landscapes was published in Number 72 (April 2019) of Discover Your Ancestors Periodical.
The History of Old Occupations was published in Volume 35, Number 6 (March 2019) issue of Family Tree (UK magazine).
Losing the ‘a’: A reminder lesson on surname spelling is currently in press with The Devon Family Historian, the quarterly journal of the Devon Family History Society.

The Changing Lands of Our Ancestors is currently in press with Discover Your Ancestors Periodical.

Surname Origins: Why? When? Why then? was published in Volume 13, Number 4 (October-December 2018) of the Journal of One-Name Studies, the quarterly journal of the Guild of One-Name Studies.

Losing the land of our ancestors was published in Volume 34, Number 13 (October 2018) issue of Family Tree (magazine).

Kellow/Kellar/Callard: Many names for but one Devon family (co-author Paul Stephens), was published in Volume 13, Number 3 (July-September 2018) of the Journal of One-Name Studies, the quarterly journal of the Guild of One-Name Studies.

Experiences of an Online Parish Clerk: Frederick Webber Case Study was published in Number 166 (May 2018) of The Devon Family Historian, the quarterly journal of the Devon Family History Society.

Your Ancestors and the Little Ice Age was published in Volume 34, Number 3 (Christmas 2017) of Family Tree (magazine).

Experiences of an Online Parish Clerk: Henry Corber Case Study was published in Number 164 (November 2017) of The Devon Family Historian, the quarterly journal of the Devon Family History Society.

Looking for Ada Nellie was published in Number 162 (May 2017) of The Devon Family Historian, the quarterly journal of the Devon Family History Society.

The Role of Online Parish Clerks in the Search for Surnames was published in Volume 12, Number 12 (October-December 2017) of the Journal of One-Name Studies, the quarterly journal of the Guild of One-Name Studies.

How do you deal with name changes? was published in Volume 12, Number 7 (July-September 2016) of the Journal of One-Name Studies, the quarterly journal of the Guild of One-Name Studies.

1689 Burial Anomalies in Parishes of Southwest Devon (co-author Samantha Tucker) was published in Number 157 (February 2016) of The Devon Family Historian, the quarterly journal of the Devon Family History Society.

Don’t Forget Half Brothers & Sisters was published in Volume 33, Number 4 (November 2015) of the Perth County Profiles, the newsletter of the Perth County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

The Shepheard Surname: An Unlikely Name for an ONS? was published in Volume 12, Number 4 (October-December 2015) of the Journal of One-Name Studies, the quarterly journal of the Guild of One-Name Studies.

My Experience with MyHeritage was published in Volume 34, Number 3 (April 2014), of Chinook, the quarterly journal of the Alberta Family Histories Society.

Experiences of an Online Parish Clerk: George Chapple Case Study was published in Number 149 (February 2014) of The Devon Family Historian, the quarterly journal of the Devon Family History Society.

Land Tax Records: Cornwood Parish, Devon, England was published in Volume 33, Number 4 (July 2013), of Chinook, the quarterly journal of the Alberta Family Histories Society.

Experiences of an Online Parish Clerk: A case study involving the use of information from parish registers and other data sources was published in Number 146 (May 2013) of The Devon Family Historian, the quarterly journal of the Devon Family History Society.

Experiences of an Online Parish Clerk: Examples of information gleaned from parish registers was published in Volume 41, Number 1 (February 2013) of Relatively Speaking, the quarterly journal of the Alberta Genealogical Society.

The Future is Still in the Past: An Introduction to Online Parish Clerks was published in Volume 7, Number 2 (Summer 2012) of Crossroads, the quarterly journal of the Utah Genealogical Association.

The Forged Will was published in Volume 32, Number 1 (October 2011) of Chinook, the quarterly journal of the Alberta Family Histories Society

Analysis of the Last Will & Testament of Nicholas Shepheard (1761-1820) of Cornwood Parish, County of Devon was published in Number 139 (August 2011) of The Devon Family Historian, the quarterly journal of the Devon Family History Society.

Finding Elizabeth COUPER: A Lesson in Family Research was published in Number 75 (Summer 2010) of Coontin Kin, the quarterly journal of the Shetland Family History Society.

Twists and Turns in Search of Elizabeth Cooper was published in Volume 31, Number 1, (October 2010) of Chinook, the quarterly journal of the Alberta Family Histories Society.

Presentations
Wayne Shepheard has prepared and given presentations on the following subjects:
The Future is Still in the Past: Online Parish Clerks in the United Kingdom, an Introduction is a description of the volunteer program under which genealogist adopt one or more parishes in England and then compile reference material for their areas in the form of transcripts, extracts, abstracts, indexes and copies of original records.
Given:
·         2012 April – AGS/AFHS Conference, Red Deer, AB
·         2012 September – Family Connections 2012 workshop, Grande Prairie, AB
·         2012 October – local genealogy club, Calgary, AB
Genealogy and the Little Ice Age presents information about living conditions and natural events that affected people and communities during the last cold climatic period.
Given:
·         2018 May – Alberta Family Histories Society, Calgary, AB
·         2018 September – Unlock the Past Conference, Seattle, WA
·         2018 September – Camrose Branch, AGS; Camrose, AB
Natural Phenomena and Their Effects on Our Ancestors offers perspective on how natural events and conditions of the physical environment controlled the lives and livelihoods of people in the past.
Given:
·         2016 April – Red Deer Branch, AGS, Red Deer, AB
·         2016 September – Grande Prairie Branch, AGS, Grande Prairie, AB
Online sharing of genealogical information discusses the pros and cons of online family trees and posting of genealogical information on the Internet.
Given:
·         2013 October - Alberta Family Histories Society, Calgary, AB
Transcribing Old English Documents summarizes some of the difficulties in reading material written in centuries past. Using specific examples, some tips on interpreting and transcribing such information are presented along with ideas about where genealogists may find additional information and assistance.
Given:
·         2015 January – English/Wales Special Interest Group, Alberta Family Histories Society, Calgary, AB
Using Parish and Other Records to determine what and how certain natural events affected people and communities in the past is a discussion of what types of information is available to show how natural phenomena impacted lives and livelihoods using specific examples of records and areas.
Given:
·         2018 September (scheduled) – Camrose Branch, AGS; Camrose, AB
·         2019 January – English & Welsh Special Interest Group, AFHS, Calgary AB (scheduled)

·         2019 July – Virtual Genealogical Association (scheduled)
Writing for Genealogical Journals and Newsletters offers some tips on how to organize and compose stories for publication in family history journals or other publications.

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