We, the Thunder Bay District Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, will undertake to help you in your research within the scope of policy on such matters. Our Newsletter "Past Tents" published quarterly is available to members. Contact the branch for subscriptions. Another publication called "Pick & Shovel", is an excellent source book of genealogical resources for Northwestern Ontario.
Please note that a District is not a cousin of a County. It is a Judicial area only, and has no government as such. Within the District are a number of organized communities and townships, or groups of townships, of which some have municipal structure. By far, the bulk of the land is still held in the stewardship of the Ontario Government. Hence it is called Crown Land. Geographical townships abound, but most of them are simply the result of the surveyor's work when establishing rail or road locations. (Also political V.I.P.s like to have their name on something).
The key to finding and accessing records is to know the name and location of the governing authority, if any. To this end our Society is ready and willing to help. During future times we hope to make much more of that information available for Quiries. Local information on those subjects relevant to genealogical research in general, and to those details and records which are available in specific locations throughout the Districts are best found on Thunder Bay District Genweb .
Researchers must remember that this is a relatively new part of the world. Other than the fur trade, some Jesuit missionary work, and the early silver mining activity; records- and people- are virtually non existent up to 1870. Names and borders have also undergone a number of changes in the short history of the area.
On becoming a member of the Society, one may subscribe to membership in one or more of the 31 Branches throughout the Province at their annual fee as noted on the application form.
Applications may be obtained from the Thunder Bay District Branch. Please send completed application and remittance to the Society Office in Toronto at the address noted on the form.
Or you can go to Ontario Genealogy Society -http://www.ogs.on.ca/ - directly and find more detail as well as fill in membership forms. Don't forget to check off the branches you may wish to join.
Thunder Bay District Branch
Ontario Genealogical Society
Bx 10373 Thunder Bay ON P7B 6T8
Cemetery Co-ordinator, Research:
Librarian, Webmaster, Newsletter:
Donald M Henderson
- Meetings are held @ 7:00PM.
Second Thurs each month, Sept to June.
Mary J. L. Black Library
- Scottish days in Westfort.
Pipes, Dancers, OGS Setup, OGS Display, Table 1, Table 2,
Table 3, Heir Apparent.
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