Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Ryan Taylor/J. Brian Gilchrist Memorial Lecture

This office received this notice about The Ryan Taylor/J. Brian Gilchrist Memorial Lecture from Mike More, Past Chair, Ottawa Branch OGS - 

“In 2007, Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society established the annual Ryan Taylor Memorial Lecture to honour a Canadian genealogist who has enhanced our knowledge of this hobby. The first Lecture was given in October 2007 by Glenn Wright, former archivist with the federal government and a friend of Ryan’s. The second annual lecture was given by another of Ryan’s friends, Brian Gilchrist.

When Brian passed away in May 2014, Ottawa Branch decided to rename the lecture this year in honour of the two genealogists and friends: The Ryan Taylor/J. Brian Gilchrist Memorial Lecture. Both spoke extensively on genealogical topics and were several times in Ottawa, at Gene-O-Rama, OGS Seminar and BIFSGHO events. They were always willing to share their expertise and experience in our hobby.

The event will be held Saturday 25 Oct 2014 at 1:00 pm in the City of Ottawa Archives (James Bartleman Centre). 

The presentation this year is entitled: "A Research Journey into WWI, WWII, Medals, & eBay". Dr. Jean-Luc Pilon will describe how twists and turns in his family history research, beginning with ancestors enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, lead to the acquisition of long-lost military medals found on eBay, the story of the local ancestor to whom they were awarded in World War Two, and a moving graveside visit. A short video about this story will also be screened. Dr. Pilon is the Curator of Ontario Archaeology at the Canadian Museum of History and an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University. He studied Anthropology and Archaeology and obtained his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Toronto."

The website is at If you need further information, you can contact mike at