Ontario Ancestors’ virtual presentations this week — Scotland, French Canadian settlement, Ancestry DNA Thrulines, genealogy for sale in auction houses, and researching in Simcoe County

Ontario Ancestors and four of its branches are kicking off the month of May with free virtual presentations on topics that include Scotland, Ancestry DNA, and finding genealogy gems in auction houses. All of the presentations are free, but you must register.

The times are in Eastern time.

Tuesday, May 3 – 7:30 p.m. – Durham Region Branch
Scotland From Abroad: The Next Level by Bob Dawes

This is a presentation for moving beyond the basics of Scottish research. It covers some of the harder to find records and some new resources for locating those records. Specifically, this presentation drills down into the newly released kirk session records and land tax records. It also explains how to use maps to find the croft mentioned on your ancestors’ documents. Finally, it takes a new look at some basic Scottish research resources. Registration is required.

Wednesday, May 4 – 7:30 p.m. – Huron County Branch
St. Joseph’s – The Cantin Family and the French Settlement by Marc and Pauline Cantin

Narcisse Cantin was arguably the most exciting person to emerge from the French Canadian settlement progressively known as Johnson’s Mills, the Village of Lakeview and ultimately St. Joseph. Remembered as “The Father of the St. Lawrence Seaway” he was an endless promoter, an extraordinary salesman and a strong believer in his family, his faith and he future of Canada (Hay Township Highlights, p.126). Registration is required.

Thursday, May 5 — 7:30 p.m. — Ontario Ancestors
Genealogy for Sale: Researching in Auction Houses by Daniel Horowitz

Every day, hundreds of historical treasures go on sale on websites like eBay, Bidspirit, and other online auction houses. While you may strike lucky and discover an artifact related to your own family history, you may also discover objects that bear tangible testimony to the context in which your ancestors lived: perhaps a nice pince-nez! Registration is required.

Saturday, May 7 – 10:00 a.m. – London & Middlesex Branch
Using Ancestry DNA Thrulines to Power Your Family History Research by Lesley Anderson

In her presentation, Lesley will cover the following:

      • What are Thrulines?
      • How do you get them?
      • Exploring ThruLines™
      • Potential ancestors and ancestors from your linked tree
      • Are they Accurate?
      • Troubleshooting

Registration is required.

Saturday, May 7 – 2:00 p.m. – Simcoe County Branch
Beginning your Research in Simcoe County by Nancy Leveque

Are you new to researching in Simcoe County? Want to learn about records specific to the area? Whether you are a beginner, or a seasoned genealogist, you will want to join us as we explore some of the lesser known collections that just may help find that elusive Simcoe County Ancestor. Registration is required.

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