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Genealogy Workshop for Southern Ontario Family Historians

Enjoy a day of learning at the beautiful Eva Brook Donly Museum & Archives
located in picturesque Simcoe, Ontario. 
Southern Ontario Genealogists, there is a wonderful educational opportunity happening in Simcoe, Ontario in a few weeks time and it would be a shame not to take full advantage.

On Saturday November 7th, three Canadian Genealogists will be speaking at the Eva Brook Donly Museum and Archives, the topics are varied and will be of great interest to those researching their family history.

DNA for Genealogists

In the morning, Dave Naylor will be speak on DNA for Genealogists. Dave is offering a full rundown of how DNA can be used in your research, he will cover the variety of tests and available so that you know how to choose the right one. He will also introduce you to the companies that offer DNA testing for genealogist.  Dave is a member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy, is project administrator for various DNA projects at Family Tree DNA and World Families Network, and is a group leader for many 23andMe and testees. Dave will be speaking from 9:30 am – 11:30 pm.

Attendees are given 90 minutes for lunch and there are plenty of lovely restaurants within walking distance of the event facilities from full-service to a Tim Horton’s.

Tracking Your Ancestors Through Canadain Ports of Entry

In the afternoon, family historians will re-convene to listen to Kathryn Lake Hogan speak on
Tracking Your Ancestors through Canadian Ports of Entry. In this 90 minute presentation, Kathryn will show you where to look for various records and learn strategies for searching the available online ship passenger lists, immigration records and border crossing records. Kathryn Lake Hogan is a professional genealogist, author, education and speaker specializing n helping family history researchers find their ancestors in Canada.

Beyond the Estate File

Following Kathryn, Jane McNamara will present Beyond the Estate File.  Jane will take us beyond the wills and records of inheritance to court registers, minutes, and other documents that track the estate progress through the court and can add valuable family history clues and help tell the whole story. The session will look at how to find an estate file and how it can lead to other important sources both inside and outside the court system.

Jane E. MacNamara is the author of Inheritance in Ontario: Wills and other Records for Family Historians (OGS/Dundurn, 2013) and writes about genealogy at A long time member of OGS, Jane lectures about research methodology, Ontario, and English family history to genealogical and historical groups throughout southern Ontario. She teaches courses for the OGS Toronto Branch, most notably hands-on courses about Ontario records.