35 Lytton Blvd
Toronto, ON M4R 1L2
Speaker: Sherilyn L. Bell, BSc UE
This lecture will provide an overview of a genealogy covering the early 1900s. The subjects are not relatives of the speaker. What started as a brief distraction from regular lunch-hour genealogical research soon escalated into an ominous looking family history. The facts took shape in Coboconk and Toronto roughly a century ago and after a while, the question arose “Is this just bad optics or can some people literally get away with murder?” The research path included the usual census returns and vital statistics, but also led to interviewing a Fire Marshal Investigator and accepting an invitation to a “practice house-burning”. This presentation will also touch upon the decision-making process and the occasional ethical dilemma that can pop up unexpectedly.
Sherilyn Bell received her BSc in Biology in 1986 from the University of Toronto and periodically speaks on genetic genealogy. As part of an anthropology course, she assembled her family’s pedigree and never stopped, joining the Ontario Genealogical Society in 1989. Sherilyn met fellow genealogist Jeff Stewart at the Archives of Ontario; they eventually married in 1993. Naturally, they honeymooned in Salt Lake City. She researched a specific branch of her family back to their Loyalist immigration, earning her UE designation. She currently works at The Centre for Applied Genomics, The Hospital for Sick Children.
Mini-presentation: Inaugural Brick Wall Buster Session, featuring expert researcher James F.S. Thomson.
Demonstration Table – 6:30 pm – 7:20 pm: Linda Reid, the Facilitator of our Genetic Genealogy SIG and some fellow members will be available to answer your questions about DNA testing.