Have you taken the plunge and tested your DNA to help you advance your family history research? Are you wondering what to do with the results? Maybe you’ve been at it for a while, but you’d like to learn more about techniques and strategies? Or perhaps you just want to find out what genetic genealogy is all about? Wherever you are in your DNA journey, you’ll want to attend our June workshop!
Registration is now open for Genetic Genealogy, a full-day event to be held on Saturday 6 June 2015 at North York Central Library, co-sponsored by Toronto Branch and the Library’s Canadiana Department.
This workshop will cover the main types of DNA testing available to genealogists, different analytical techniques and how the results from genetic testing are used in conducting or supporting family history research. Our keynote speaker will be Irish genetic genealogy expert Dr. Maurice Gleeson. We’ve programmed concurrent lectures during the day to enable attendees to choose the sessions that are best suited to their levels of knowledge, expertise and interests.
Early-bird rates apply until 9 May and OGS members enjoy additional discounts.
For full program and speaker details and to register online, visit our Genetic Genealogy workshop page.
Our March Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday 23 March starting at 7:30 pm at the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge Street in Toronto (convenient access from the North York Centre subway station). Members are invited to come for coffee or tea and a chance to chat about family history before the meeting (from 6:15 to 7:15), courtesy of the Branch New Members Special Interest Group!
One out of every ten Canadians is descended from the more than 118,000 British children who were sent to Canada from 1869 to 1939 to work as indentured farm workers and domestics in individual farms or households. Sandra Joyce, the Executive Director, Canada for the British Home Children Advocacy and Research Association and the author of The Street Arab: The Story of a British Home Child and Belonging, will be joining us at our March meeting to tell us more about this important but little-known part of Canada’s history. Copies of Sandra’s book will be available for purchase.
We’re also looking forward to short presentations from Research Services Coordinator Ann Rexe on the work of the Branch research and enquiries team, and from Branch member Sue de Groot on Love and Marriage in Amsterdam.
This meeting will be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend in person. For instructions on how to connect to our live feed, visit our Live Meeting Stream page.
To find out more about the March meeting and what’s in store for future Branch meetings, please visit our Meetings page or browse through our Calendar.