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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.

A Captain? My Captain?
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


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.

Mini-presentation: Linda Reid: Stocking the Fish Pond: Getting Your Relatives To Take DNA Tests

Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

In keeping with tradition, ten Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their genealogical research in a series of short presentations as follows:

Jane Briant – My World-Wide Irish Family

Barb Garrow – A House on French Road

Joanne Green – Why Weston?

Sue Henderson – The Big Blue Book

Heather Ioannou – Reaching Out of the Grave

Dawn Kelly – Finding (t)Ruth

Elayne Lockhart – My New Cousin – Baroness Louth

Myrna O’Brien – The Nichols of Brigham City

Di Thomson – The Tribute

Carol Ufford – Great Moments on Vacation

Special refreshments will be served during an extended break time to celebrate the end of 2016.