The Archives of Ontario is marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I with a new onsite exhibit, Dear Sadie: Love, Lives, and Remembrance from Ontario’s First World War, as well as a series of free talks on the stories archival records can reveal about the wartime experiences of ordinary Ontarians.
We’re pleased to report that our own Jane E. MacNamara will be presenting the first talk in the Archives WWI Speakers Series, on Thursday, 13 November 2014 at 6:30 pm, titled Inheritance Interrupted: WWI reflected in Ontario Estate Files. Jane is a popular Toronto Branch instructor and is frequently invited to speak to other genealogical and historical groups as well. She is the author of Inheritance in Ontario: Wills and other Records for Family Historians (OGS/Dundurn, 2013) and blogs about genealogy at wherethestorytakesme.ca. In her talk at the Archives, Jane will draw on estate files from across the province to illustrate the devastating impact of the Great War and the legal and societal changes that resulted from it. She’ll also demonstrate how a sound understanding of the inheritance process and related records can enrich both family and local history research.
On Thursday, 5 February 2015, the Speaker Series will continue with a talk by the Archives’ Stewart Boden on the challenges of researching and curating the Dear Sadie exhibit. The Archives will be posting information about subsequent events in the WWI Speakers Series on its website as it becomes available.