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September Meeting

September 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Lansing United Church
Poyntz Ave & Beecroft Rd
Toronto, ON M2N 1K4
Visitors welcome

Note: We’re starting this information-packed meeting at 7:00 pm!

7:00 to 7:30 pm   SHOW & TELL.
7:30 to 8:40 pm   Chair’s remarks & keynote presentation.
8:40 to 9:30 pm   SHOW & TELL continued.

A number of members have volunteered to display and talk about the ways in which they have shared their family history—through books and other publications, scrapbooks, photobooks, posters, quilts, videos, blogs, memorabilia and much more!

PUSHING AUTOSOMAL DNA TO THE LIMITS: Back to 18th Century Scotland
Speaker: Linda Reid
This presentation shows that autosomal DNA tests can confirm ancestral lines back into the 18th century. It involves testing known cousins and then tracing forward on more distant collateral lines to identify and, if possible, test 2nd, 3rd and 4th cousins. With a pool of identified relatives to compare with, it is possible to make sense of other matches. We will look at data from different testing companies and see the importance of chromosome browsers that reveal matching segments. We will see how triangulation works. The examples are Scottish, but the techniques will apply anywhere.

Linda Reid has been researching her British roots for over 35 years and has been a keen genetic genealogist since 2011. In this presentation she puts her well-researched family tree to the DNA test. Linda has been active in Toronto Branch for many years and is presently the facilitator of the Advanced Genetic Genealogy SIG. She volunteered for over 20 years at the Toronto Family History Centre helping people with their genealogical research. She teaches courses for Toronto Branch and presents at conferences and workshops.

Sunflower at Don Valley Brickworks (photo by Jane E. MacNamara)


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