J. Brian Gilchrist, R.I.P.

Genealogists lost a good friend this morning. J. Brian Gilchrist passed away in Brampton, Ontario.

Brian was a popular genealogy speaker and author. I met him several times. The first meeting was in Toronto in the summer of 2004 and was one I will never forget. Everyone enjoyed his presentations and especially the humor he injected into his talks. However, it was also obvious to everyone in the audience that Brian also was an expert genealogist who knew the topic of his presentation well. He was the author of many publications and also was an active member of a number of genealogy organizations.

You can read more about J. Brian Gilchrist in a an article by Gail Dever, published in the Genealogy à la carte blog, at http://goo.gl/s5hsBJ.


It was always a pleasure to attend one of his sessions and come away not only having enjoyed his humour but having learned something new to help with ones own research. R.I.P. Mr. Gilchrist and know you will never be forgotten and always missed.


How sad! I corresponded with Mr. Gilchrist back in the ’80s when I was first getting started researching my husband’s family. He had given a talk about the early settlers in the area and my husband is descended from both of those settlers. Someone put me in touch with him and he was most gracious and very helpful. I will be forever grateful for his kindness and his help.


Very Sorry to hear about Mr. Gilchrist’s passing. I tried to contact him a few years ago about out mutual family, the Gilchrists, but never did manage it. I hope to find some of his works online. Thank you for leaving behind a great genealogical legacy! Jan Gilchrist, BC


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