Toronto Branch monthly meetings are an opportunity to learn and to meet with fellow members. Most meetings have an hour-long presentation as well as a 10-minute presentation from one of our members. Meetings are normally held the fourth Monday of the month at 35 Lytton Boulevard, Toronto M4R 1L2 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Speaker: Paul Jones
The story of researching two successive generations of patrilineal illegitimacy to identify the hitherto unknown fathers and my “true” surname. This account involves a 25-year research odyssey and uses family oral history (and misinformation), all the usual and some not-so-usual documents, the patient advice of the late Ryan Taylor, a remarkable but puzzling Y-DNA test, and the power of autosomal DNA testing and segment matching.
Mini-presentation: Ann Brown & Beth Adams: Indomitable Granny Brown/Auntie Belle
A GENEALOGICAL SUCCESS STORY
Speakers: Elizabeth A. R. Kaegi and James F. S. Thomson
Long ago, far away, in the middle of the Second World War, a baby boy was informally “adopted” by foreigners. A very few morsels of information about his background, imparted to the boy when still young, would fuel his determined, decades-long search to identify his biological parents and to learn what he could about their lives. Working with the “adoptee” (now a retiree in Glasgow), and using a variety of traditional genealogical techniques in conjunction with new genetic genealogy tests, Elizabeth A.R. Kaegi, Judith Sweets (USA) and James F.S. Thomson have been able to solve the seven-decade-old mystery. This multinational team approach, taking advantage of new resources and revisiting recently enhanced records as they peeled away the layers of mystery covering a remarkably interesting story, was effective and thoroughly enjoyable. The team looks forward to sharing the lessons it learned!
Please note that because this presentation is by its nature very personal and concerns living people, it will not be live-streamed.
Once again in November, a number of Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their genealogical research in a series of short presentations. In addition, special refreshments will be served to celebrate the end of another year. Many members consider this meeting the highlight of the year!