One of Canada’s leading family historians will be in Penticton this month to present a seminar on genealogy.

Dave Obee, the author of a dozen books on genealogy and history, has given more than 600 presentations on family history in Canada, the U.S. and Australia.

He will be at the Penticton Lakeside Resort on Saturday, Sept. 28. The seminar is sponsored by the Penticton Herald and The Daily Courier.

The seminar will include sessions on research using newspapers, DNA, locating distant cousins and general genealogical strategies.

Obee is publisher of the Times Colonist in Victoria and was previously the daily newspaper’s managing editor. His newspaper career included stops in the Okanagan Valley, as a reporter in Vernon, city editor of The Daily Courier, and as owner of a weekly newspaper in Okanagan Falls.

He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Victoria, awarded in recognition of his work as a journalist, genealogist and historian. He is also a recipient of the Bill Good Award for his community service as a journalist.

Obee has been involved with the digitization of B.C.’s oldest newspaper, the Daily Colonist in Victoria. He has led fundraising projects for literacy work, and has been recognized as a champion of libraries and library service.

His books include guides to research using Canadian immigration records and census records as well as a history of libraries in British Columbia.

Obee is a columnist for two magazines, Your Genealogy Today and Internet Genealogy.

He serves on the advisory board of and is on the services consultation committee for Library and Archives Canada. He is also a member of the board of Canada’s History Society.

He has been researching his own family history for more than 40 years.

The full-day seminar will begin at 9 a.m.

The cost is $90 per person. Register and pay online at or visit the Herald’s office at 101 – 186 Nanaimo Ave W. and register and pay at the counter.