J. Brian Gilchrist, one of Canada’s most knowledgeable genealogists, author, and speaker, passed away this morning in Brampton, Ontario, after spending several weeks in hospital. He had been scheduled to speak this weekend at the Ontario Genealogical Society conference.
Mr. Gilchrist was a fourth generation Torontonian and ninth generation Canadian. He had been a member of the Ontario Genealogical Society since 1971 and had founded several of its branches. He was 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 was the Reference Archivist at the Region of Peel Archives in Brampton, Ontario.
Mr. Gilchrist was the author of many publications, including Genealogy and Local History to 1900 and Index to Canadian Parliamentary Divorces, 1867-1930.
His passing is a great loss for his family, friends, and the genealogy community.