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Jumping the Pond: Finding my Home in Ireland

September 25, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Attend in person or register for online webinar.
Lansing United Church Beecroft Rd & Poyntz Ave Toronto ON M2N 1K4
Free. Visitors welcome.
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“Jumping the pond is the act of connecting your family lines (from anywhere but for this presentation, mainly from the American continent) to your Ancestors’ country of, county of, or village of birth on the other side of the Atlantic/Pacific.” – Google Definition

Through family lore and discussions, a family believes its origins are “Scots” or Scots-Irish. But from a genealogy perspective, the paper trail points to an Irish origin for the family. Fast forward to the introduction of DNA and low and behold, the meager paper trail is confirmed. Join us as we travel with the Templeton family from the Americas across the pond to discover their true origins.

Mags Gaulden is a professional genealogist specializing in genetic genealogy as founder of Grandma’s Genes in Ottawa. Growing up in a family full of family historians, Mags was primed to become a genealogist. After earning her Bachelors Degree from Columbia College, she began to work her own genealogy as a “hobby”. This 30-year “hobby” eventually led her to a leader role with WikiTree, where she currently leads: the DNA Innovators Project, the United Empire Loyalist Project and the British Home Children Project. She also leads the Templeton and McElmoyle Name Studies and the McElmoyle DNA Project. Work with WikiTree led to Mags starting Grandma’s Genes in 2016. Mags is an international genetic genealogy lecturer, blogger and a social media maven. She serves as admin for Facebook groups including the ISOGG Facebook Group. She is a former member of the Canadian Casualty Identification Team.

Opening Act: Join us on site from 7:00 to 8:00 pm for members’ show-and-tell displays of genealogical projects.
Main presentation: Mags Gaulden will speak on site at 8:00 pm. The presentation will also be live streamed.

This will be a hybrid meeting. Please join us in person at 7:00 pm at Lansing United Church. No need to register. Or watch the presentation live online starting at 8:00 pm. Click here to register for the webinar and get your unique Zoom link.