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Eleanor's Letters: 7,000 pages of Family and Cultural History

Presented by Mark Thompson.

In the middle of a family Zoom call, someone asked if anyone had seen the “trunk of letters” that Eleanor Thompson had saved throughout her long life.   The people on the call had no idea how far down the rabbit hole this innocent question was about to take them.

This session chronicles how a dedicated team of family researchers is collaborating to preserve, understand, and share 7000 pages of family and cultural history found in an attic in southern Ontario in 2020.

The case study also describes how the family is passing along the life and times of their ancestors to a new generation, revealing the texture of life in rural Ontario from the 1920s through World War II.

Mark Thompson is a professional genealogist and the Vice President of the Victoria Genealogical Society (VGS). He is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.  Mark comes from a long line of family historians.  He loves working on his own collection as well as helping his clients preserve, catalog and research their personal collections of family memorabilia.

Mark consults and speaks regularly on a wide range of genealogy-related topics, although specializes in DNA research and personal family archives.  

To see what Mark is working on these days, check out his blog at

Thursday, February 08, 2024, 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) (UTC-08:00)
Norway House
1110 Hillside Avenue
Victoria, BC  V8T 2A7

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