Category: OGS Blog

Remembering Our Fallen Soldiers and Our Veterans

With tomorrow being Remembrance Day, my thoughts turned to the military history of my family in composing this blog post. I remember hearing my father complain that he was too young to enlist in WW…

Using the Online Indexes at the Provincial Archives of Alberta

My direct line Campbell ancestors “escaped” Ontario by 1878 to Manitoba at first and then to Saskatchewan. My father, born in the North West Territories [Saskatchewan], came east to Ontario in the early 1940s to…

Grow Our Family Campaign Returns for 2018

Following on the success of last year’s Grow Our Family membership campaign, the Board of Directors has again approved the offer for our 2018 Membership season.  Any member of the Society renewing their membership can…

Recording the Stories Behind Our Personal Possessions

My wife and took a bus tour of Northern Ontario the first week of October primarily to see the fall colours. We rode the Algoma Canyon Tour Train and “soaked” in the scenery. One of our…

Handing on Family History Stories and Artifacts to the Next Generation

About a year ago my wife stopped at the door of my office and said something that pushed me into action. Her question was “Once you are gone what am I supposed to do with…

Researching in Newspapers – Finding All of the Story

A second cousin of mine, Douglas Wilson Smith, died 17 February 1936 at the age of eight in Chatham General Hospital. I accessed the Chatham Daily News and found an obituary for Douglas.1 The obituary…

What Items are You Missing in Your Newspaper Research?

I have always enjoyed searching in newspapers for information about my ancestors. Right now I am in the process of searching for newspaper reports in the Minnedosa Tribune that support family lore about a collateral…

The Ins and Outs of Obituary and Death Notice Research

Obituaries and death notices can be an excellent source of genealogical information for a researcher. There are some caveats though. These can be illustrated in part by mining data from the obituary for Mary Sloane…

Introduction to Genetic Genealogy

This post is courtesy of Amber Brown of Legacy Tree Genealogists Genetic testing is becoming an increasingly integral part of the family history and genealogy industry, and is often considered necessary as part of the…

Where are you Simon and Anne? – Finding French-Canadian Ancestors

Guest blog post by Roger Robineau Roger is member of the Ontario Genealogical Society and has been researching his family history since 2010. He is presently serving on the Board of the Ontario Genealogical Society…