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 in the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Speaker: Lesley Anderson What’s new at Ancestry
Speaker: Marian Press: Putting Your Family Tree Online: What Choice Should You Make?
There are now many choices for how to put your family information online for others to find, well beyond what was available in the early years of the web. This talk will cover the various options available for family historians to choose from: the use of major genealogy sites like familysearch.org or Ancestry; wiki sites, such as WikiTree; blogs; or building your own web site. The simpler and free options will be emphasized. There will also be discussion of what will happen to your family information online when you die and the planning you should do for this eventuality.
Mini-presentation: Cathy McNamara: Sort, Scan, Share, Solve and Scrapbook Your Old Photos
Members’ five-minute presentations on “great moments” in their genealogy research
Douglas Hill: Finding A “Secret” Cousin
Joan Beckley: Wearable Genealogy
B C Holmes: My Grandfather’s Research Was Too Large For the Shelf
Stephen Low: Tracing in Both Directions
Sheelagh Hysenaj: It all started with My Great Uncle’s WW I Helmet
Ellen Maki: Potters’ Wheels and Battlefields
Chris Aylott: Moments of Sidetracking between Brandsby, Wallaroo and Moose Jaw
Mary Newel: A Woman of Propertease
Dawn Kelly: Louis Hebert: Apothecary, Adventurer, Alpha Ancestor
Speaker: Donna Dilello And Now for Something Completely Different: charts have their place, but come learn some really creative ways to display your families, both beautiful and whimsical.
Mini-presentation: Mary Williamson
Speaker: Paul Jones I‘m not a Jones, but what am I?
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.