24 March 2012

Toronto Branch OGS - Great War Workshop - Update

Via Gwyneth Pearce, some late-breaking news from the co-ordinator of “Finding Your Great War Ancestors”, the family history workshop coming up in just a few days, presented by the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Canadiana Department of North York Central Library.

First, we’re excited to announce that registrants at this day-long workshop on Saturday 31 March are in for an added treat – we’ve managed to squeeze in a special bonus lecture during the lunch break on the identification of soldiers’ remains:

Special Bonus Lunchtime Lecture
The Identity Hunters
Janet Roy
Janet Roy is a forensic genealogist, the Genealogical Coordinator for funeral-services company MacKinnon & Bowes and a contractor for the Department of National Defence for which she helps identify the remains of missing soldiers by finding living relatives for DNA testing. She has participated in this process since the first breakthrough in 2007, the identification of the remains of Great War soldier, Private Herbert Peterson. Other successes have followed and Janet is currently working on eleven cases of remains recovered in France. Her 20-minute presentation describes the identification process and includes a basic explanation of DNA testing.

Second, we have been assured that the workshop will not be affected by any labour disruption involving library or city workers.

Finally, if you aren’t signed up for “Finding Your Great War Ancestors”, and are now wishing you were, you’re in luck. There are still spaces available! Pre-registration is preferred but we are also happy to accommodate walk-in registrants on the day of the event. For full program and registration details, visit the Toronto Branch website at www.torontofamilyhistory.org.

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