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Introduction to Genetic Genealogy

November 7, 2018 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1
789 Yonge St
Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
$65 ($55 for OGS Members)
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy @ Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1 | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Course runs on three consecutive Wednesday evenings: November 7, 14 and 21.

Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library.

This course is for genealogists with well-researched family trees that they wish to confirm and expand with genetic evidence. The emphasis will be on how to interpret autosomal DNA tests. To get maximum value, participants must be able to access online their autosomal DNA test results from one of the major testing companies. We’ll also cover the other types of DNA tests available (Y-chromosome and mitochondrial) and the different companies offering DNA tests. Finally, we’ll discuss GEDmatch, a third-party website where researchers can compare their data with others who have tested at a different company.

Level:  Beginner-Intermediate

Registration is required. Register now.

Course Instructor: Linda Reid is a retired librarian who lives in Toronto and has been researching her British roots for 35 years. She has been using the Family Finder test for genetic genealogy since June 2011 and now manages 50 Family Finder kits (autosomal DNA), seven Y-chromosome kits and two mitochondrial DNA kits at Family Tree DNA, as well as three kits at Ancestry DNA, 23andMe and My Heritage, and two at LivingDNA. Linda is active in the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and is currently the facilitator of the Advanced Genetic Genealogy SIG. She has volunteered in the Toronto Family History Centre (of the LDS Church) for many years. She writes occasionally for the Toronto Tree. Linda has taught courses for Toronto Branch OGS and has spoken to meetings, conferences and workshops throughout Ontario.

The Toronto Reference Library is on the east side of  Yonge Street, one block north of Bloor Street.

By public transit:
The closest TTC subway station is Bloor/Yonge.

Driving to the library is not recommended as parking in the immediate area is limited.

The Toronto Reference Library building is wheelchair accessible. For more information about our policies on accessibility, visit our policies page. For assistance with a specific accommodation request, please send an email message to

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