Kenneth G. Aitken, a popular genealogy speaker, educator, and blogger in western Canada, has passed away. Many people read his "Genealogy Education" blog in which he offered all sorts of advice as a long-time genealogist and educator.
Ken held a BA in Linguistics and a Master of Library Science degree from the University of British Columbia. He also was involved in course work in local and family history with Brigham Young University and the University of British Columbia. He was the Director of Student Recruitment for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, a distance learning institution affiliated with the University of Toronto.
A member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists, Ken was a professional genealogist for more than 25 years, as well as a genealogy librarian for over 20 years and an adult educator for more than 40 years. He was the charter president of the Hambrook Family History Society and served for 15 years as editor of that society's journal. With the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society he served as a branch chairman, a director, and second vice-president.
Ken Aitken also wrote articles that appeared in genealogical and family history journals plus other scholarly journals in Canada, Australia, the U.S. and England. He was a popular speaker at numerous conferences, seminars, and workshops.
You can read Ken Aitken's obituary on his blog at http://www.genealogy-education.com.