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Bi-weekly;  Week One;  Wednesday;  12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Two Terms; In-person  **NEW**  

Genealogy involves collecting, organizing, and analyzing information about ancestors of a particular person or family. Using databases (such as Ancestry, MyHeritage, Billion Graves) and data like birth records, marriage certificates, census data, military records, wills, archives, and family stories, a family tree can be built. We will focus on: people’s experiences, people’s intentions, the tools. The intent in this workshop is to share people’s experiences or intentions with topics such as: DNA testing, comparing online databases and resources, illustrating research methods and techniques, understanding different types of records, tracing ancestor’s immigration, and sharing family history. Techniques used for securing information in Canada as well as other countries will be examined. Additionally, information about a place where an ancestor lived many years ago may be of interest. It is not required that participants have already done family research. They are encouraged to share their goals and provide ideas/feedback on what others have discovered or are planning.


John Weatherburn ( retired from IT in 2013 and joined the Academy. He has been President and on a number of different committees. He has lead workshops on Photography and on Toronto Neighbourhoods. As well, his main interests are photography and family history research. Plus of course family: now 5 grandkids.

Ellen Walters ( since retiring from a career in education, has been on an intriguing learning curve: digging into genealogy, researching family history and context, and exploring ways to capture and preserve family stories. A bonus has been the family trips to our homeland, making wonderful connections while gathering local knowledge.