J. Brian Gilchrist

Brian Gilchrist is one of Canada’s most knowledgable, informative and entertaining speakers on the subjects of genealogy, family history and heritage.

He is a fourth generation Torontonian and ninth generation Canadian being descended from families of English, Irish, Scottish, Germanic and American backgrounds.

With over forty years of genealogical research experience, he has been a member of the Ontario Genealogical Society since 1971 and he founded several of our Branches. He is also a member of the Ontario Historical Society; the Association of Canadian Archivists; a founding and charter member of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History; a founder, charter member and director of the Board of The Friends of The Archives of Ontario; and is the Reference Archivist at the Region of Peel Archives in Brampton, Ontario.

Brian is the author of many publications including the nationally significant Genealogy and Local History to 1900 and Index to Canadian Parliamentary Divorces, 1867-1930. Brian is a popular guest on radio and TV shows, and he has spoken in several Canadian provinces, many states and has papers presented at various international symposiums.