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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…

October Webinar – Harnessing the Facebook Generation

Have you ever wished that younger members of your family would take an interest in genealogy? Despite its title, this lecture is not about setting up a Facebook page, Tweeting, or devising a family history website.…

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…

Forlorn Hope – Ancestors Who Served in the Canadian Militia to Fight the Fenian Invasions

My great grandfather, John Pratt Campbell, claimed in a letter to T. M. Daly, Minister of the Interior, Ottawa, Canada, that he “…met the Fenians at Ridge Way…”1 I had not been able to find…