This Saturday, 28 January 2017, 1:30 pm, sees a favourite local genealogy speaker Patricia McGregor present The World War I Letters of George Gallie Nasmith (A Challenging Moment in Genealogy).
Over 20 years ago, Patty’s mother bought a box of approximately 275 letters at an auction sale. The letters were to and from Lieutenant Colonel (later Colonel) George Gallie Nasmith of Toronto, who went overseas in 1914 with the First Canadian Contingent as the ‘Water Specialist’. The collection includes letters to George from his siblings, his fiancée and his friends – and from him to them. This talk discusses the adventure of reading and transcribing all the letters and identifying and researching the letter writers and the events and people mentioned. Genealogical research involved BMD and census records as well as military files, maps, historical newspapers and estate files. The final challenge was in deciding how best to share the contents of the letters. Therein lies the rub.This is a repeat of a presentation given at BIFHSGO in November 2015 well worth hearing, or hearing again.
The morning Genealogy: Back to Basics session at 10:30 am is on Military Records is presented by Glenn Wright.
Following the afternoon presentation the computer interest group will meet.
It's all happening at the City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive in Room 115.