James F.S. Thomson

aerial view of city

James Thomson has designed and led many Toronto Branch OGS courses, as well as giving presentations at workshops, conferences and meetings of Toronto Branch, the OGS (including five previous OGS conferences), BIFHSGO, JGS Toronto, and other organizations and groups. James is a University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies instructor, and has received the School’s Excellence in Teaching award for Arts & Science courses. The seven courses which he teaches at the School include Toronto and the Second World War and Researching Canadian Local History (described online by a former participant as “the best course I’ve ever taken on historical research”.) Drawing on decades of experience of family history research, James took an early interest in genetic genealogy and was one of the founding members of the Toronto Branch Advanced Genetic Genealogy SIG.


Friday Workshop: Mapping for 21st-Century Genealogists

Saturday Panel: DNA Panel Discussion Moderator

Sunday Presentation: UK Second World War Research