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Interview with a Volunteer: Jeanine Avigdor

Without the hard work of volunteers all across the province, OGS would simply cease to exist. Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. This feature is designed to introduce you to some of them and let you know about the work they’ve been doing.

Jeanine Cameron Avigdor (née MacDonald) is a member of OGS and the following branches: Toronto, York and Simcoe

How long have you been involved with OGS? 
Member since early 80s

 What hats do you wear / have you worn?
Since 2001, I have catalogued books for our  collection at the North York Central Library. I also manage the Cemetery Locator data base.  Some of my articles and book reviews have been published in Families, and others are being posted on the “Simcoe’s Gentry” web-site.

 What project or event has been a highlight of your work with OGS?
Nothing stands out.  I’m happy to contribute  my skills.

How did you become interested in genealogy?
I became interested in my family history from my aunt’s stories, which led me to explore my Scottish heritage and my connection to the Sharon Temple.

 Would you like to share a favourite genealogical adventure you have had or tell us about a part of your family history that you particularly enjoyed learning?
My most exciting discovery was that all of my maternal  grandmother’s ancestors had been in the Thirteen Colonies by the mid 1600s, and that her mother was descended from a United Empire Loyalist.

Many thanks to Jeanine for all the work she has done for us!

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