The Juggler’s Children

TUGG participant, Jason Crowtz, forwarded this announcement which should interest those contemplating doing a DNA roots search. “The author of The Juggler’s Children, a book about a Toronto writer’s search for her roots using genealogy and DNA, is speaking at the Revue Cinema this Wednesday June 12 at 7 p.m. The Revue Cinema is located at 400 Roncesvalles Ave. in Toronto.
Seeing as the talk will go into detail about using DNA research in genealogical inquires, it could be of interest to the TUGG membership. Details below…,-june-12,-7-pm

Meet The Juggler’s Children Author: Wednesday, June 12, 7 p.m.

Interested in genealogy? Don’t miss this event.

by Staff

Carolyn Abraham

When author, former Globe & Mail medical science writer  and High Park neighbour Carolyn Abraham decided to use DNA to shed light on some mysterious ancestors, she had no idea she was about to embark on a 10-year odyssey.

Nor did she expect to end up gathering the DNA of about a dozen of her relations, or shatter one relative’s understanding of his parentage.

Indeed, she says, once you start using DNA to track ancestors, it is surprising how often one finds that a relation is, in fact, not biologically related.

Her recommendation: If relatives provide DNA, ask them if they want to know everything that the genes reveal. As Abraham discovered, it can, in some circumstances, shatter one’s sense of identity.

Of course, Abraham’s background was particularly rich. Her quest took her to Britain, India, Jamaica and Canada. Her relatives include a mysterious Chinese juggler who was also a murderer, and Jamaican slave owners.  She also found relatives she did not know she had.

Join us at The Revue. Hear Abraham’s story. Find out the best way to start you own search for your ancestors and what DNA can reveal.

For more background, check out this interview with Abraham in the Toronto Star.

This is a Pay What You Can event.  Another Story Bookshop will have books at the cinema, which you can buy and have autographed.

Here are comments about Abraham’s book:

From Quill & Quire: “It is, by turns, a detective story, a primer on the science of the human genome, and a revealing family portrait. Abraham’s willingness to transparently document the entire process, with all its failures and red herrings, makes for a visceral, almost voyeuristic read…This highly personal story not only entertains and informs, it forces us to ask ourselves some very basic and universal questions about the nature of identity.” Read full review


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