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Our major challenge in designing a Genealogical indexing system is making it work even though a person's name is not the same on every piece of paper or source document.
The Irish Rovers said it best in their song "The Orange and the Green":
"I was christened David Anthony but all in spite of that -" "To me father I was William while me mudder called me Pat"

Edmund MILLSON Junior and wife Elizabeth SYER had a daughter born in Hope_Township Durham_County about 1858
She shows in the census records as:
   Bisheba age 4 in Hope Township 1861 census page 50
   Bursheba age 13 in Hope Township 1871 census family 213
   Berthshaba age 23 Hope Township 1881 census family 054
   Bersheba age 33 in Hope Township 1891 census family 183

Etienne LAROCHELLE and Adelaide LAPIERRE were married 1841 in Ottawa.
They moved during the 1850's to Rolph Township in Renfrew County
One daughter, born about 1847, later married Joseph BOURGEOIS
She shows in the census records as:
   Ermine age 14 with parents in Rolph Township 1861 census page 01
   Armoni age 24 with Joseph on her parents farm in Rolph Township 1871 census family 042
   Adeline age 34 with Joseph Rolph Township 1881 census family 091
   Delaina age 44 with Joseph in Rolph Township 1891 census family 116

Take a closer look at all the underlined text in our two examples above.
Test a few with your mouse and see what happens.

Surnames like MILLSON  SYER  LAROCHELLE  LAPIERRE  BOURGEOIS are all clickable links into A-Z alphabetic lists.
Locations like Hope_Township  Durham_County  Rolph Township  Renfrew County are all clickable links into geographic files.
Every census family in OGSPI has a unique and clickable target link so cross references are fast and smooth.
Every marriage in OGSPI has a unique and clickable target link so married 1841 takes you to the Letter "L" 1841 Marriage by Groom Surname file and then scrolls down to Etienne & Adelaide.

All information is pre-sorted and sequenced before uploading so you never wait for search results.


INDEXING EXAMPLES - Hamilton, Bruce, Lindsay, and Wayne

Consider indexing examples of Hamilton, Bruce, Lindsay, and Wayne. Each can be a surname, a given name, or a geographic location.

surname: Beatrice Hamilton - wife of humourist and author Stephen Leacock,
given name: Hamilton Burger - district attorney in the Perry Mason series,
location: Hamilton Township in Northumberland County, Ontario,
location: City of Hamilton in Wentworth County, Ontario.


OGSPI has the simplest immaginable method of distinguishing each:
   SURNAMES - HAMILTON BRUCE LINDSAY WAYNE
   Given Names - Hamilton Bruce Lindsay Wayne
   locations - @ca.on.wentworth_county.hamilton_city @ca.on.northumberland_county.hamilton_township @ca.on.bruce_county.lindsay_township @ca.on.victoria_county.ops_township.lindsay_town @us.mi.wayne_county.detroit


The Ontario Genealogical Society is organized as 30 Branches with branch territories corresponding approximately to the counties of Ontario.
The detailed list is at www.ogs.on.ca/branches.php

Computer logic detects the @ca.on. sequence at the start of Ontario place names so it is relatively easy to automatically link through to Ontario Genealogical Society Branches.


Normally as Genealogical researchers we each go backwards in time generation by generation seeking details for :
2 parents and 2 surnames
4 grand parents and 4 surnames
8 great grand parents and 8 surnames
16 great great grand parents and 16 surnames
32 great great great grand parents and 32 surnames
Normally your best clue in going backwards to a previous generation is discovering the maiden name of a married woman.
The doubling relationship as applied to Ontario Genealogy means, in practical terms, there are far more people looking for older information.
We do not have the volunteer or financial resources to computerize and index every name in every newspaper and handwritten document from earliest Ontario settlement through to the present day. The doubling relationship should remind present and future volunteers that it makes sense to focus our efforts on transcibing and adding favorite older sources like the census and the publicly available years of Ontario Vital Statistics.


FAMOUS CANADIANS in OGSPI
Consider these famous Canadians:
   Reverend Thomas Clement Douglas aka Tommy - Baptist Minister and Premier of Saskatchewan
   Stephen Butler Leacock - author and humorist
   Lester Bowles Pearson aka Mike - aviator, diplomat, Prime Minister
   Pierre Elliott Trudeau - lawyer and Prime Minister

In OGSPI we organize information in text paragraphs with CAPITALIZED SURNAMES.
Text to HTML conversion logic scans each line from right to left and builds a list of the CAPITALIZED WORDS.
After scanning a paragraph the logic clones the paragraph so it repeats for every contained surname.
After sorting and converting all paragraphs the logic builds an All Categories front end ( master surname index ) for everyone.
This approach automatically takes care of details like:
   Maiden names of married women,
   Sponsors or godparents at a baptism,
   Witnesses at a wedding,
   Strays in a census family,
   Stepchildren with a different surname,
   Interconnected names on a cemetery family plot.

In each of our Famous Canadians group examples the second given name is an ancestral surname ( his mother's maiden name ) so we capitalize it as well giving:
   Reverend Thomas CLEMENT DOUGLAS aka Tommy - Baptist Minister and Premier of Saskatchewan
   Stephen BUTLER LEACOCK - author and humorist
   Lester BOWLES PEARSON aka Mike - aviator, diplomat, Prime Minister
   Pierre ELLIOTT TRUDEAU - lawyer and Prime Minister

Source documents that we want to index can have the names as above or surname first like TRUDEAU Pierre ELLIOTT or LEACOCK Stephen BUTLER. OGSPI logic works independent of the sequence.

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OGSPI CATEGORIES

OGSPI uses letters of the alphabet to organize information into categories for indexing:

a Surnames in Cemeteries
b Birth, Baptism, Birth Announcement
c Census
d Death or Monumental Inscription ( actual date and location of death, or funeral, or burial, or tombstone )
e Education, Election, Employment ( includes athletics )
f Family History, People in Books
g Marriage by Groom Surname
l Land
m Marriage, Engagement, Anniversary
o Obituary or In Memoriam ( usually referenced to a newspaper, place of publication, publication date )
p Photograph
q Query
s Ship's Crew and Passsenger List
u United Empire Loyalists
w War and Military

OGSPI text & html filenames normally start with a category letter and then a 3 digit number for the decade - for example:
   m190durham.txt     for 1900-1909 Durham County marriages
   b187j000.htm     for 1870's births J.. surnames
   w191i000.htm     for World War One I.. surnames
We also use three digit decade numbers to subdivide the OGSPI website into folders as: www.ogs.on.ca/ogspi/187/b187j000.htm and www.ogs.on.ca/ogspi/191/w191i000.htm

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SAINTS and STREETS and UNDERSCORES

The popular abreviation St. can be Street or Saint. The French Ste. is short for Sainte meaning a female saint.
OGSPI volunteers normally expand St. and Ste. to full words as part of the transcribing and typing process to give:
   Saint Joseph's Hospital in a birth notice or obituary.
   Saint Catharines, Saint Thomas, and Sault Sainte Marie as Ontario place names.
   Main Street in the 1901 or 1911 census

OGSPI uses the underscore character when it is important for the computer to tie two or more words together as one:
   SAINT_AMAND or SAINT_AMANT or IN_FLANDERS_FIELDS
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TOMBSTONE DATA ENTRY EXAMPLES

We start with two tombstone photographs taken 2009-11-20 and uploaded to folder www.ogs.on.ca/ogspi/2009foto

We could describe the location as: Sudbury Anglican Cemetery, Sudbury, Sudbury District, Ontario, Canada.
but OGSPI takes a different approach. We call it an alphageographic address.
@ca.on.sudbury_district.sudbury.sudbury_anglican_cemetery.
Note that the OGSPI alphageographic address format:
   starts with the @ symbol, then the country,
   is always lower case without spaces,
   sequences the locations left to right from largest to smallest,
   uses the period . symbol as a separator between locations,
   uses the underscore _ symbol when it is important for two or more words to stay together for indexing.

OGSPI source file information is always organized as paragraphs of text.
The vertical bar character | is used as a separator between paragraphs.
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d@ca.on.sudbury_district.sudbury.sudbury_anglican_cemetery 1948
Caroline May STULL ARTHUR     Born May 5 1882    Died Sept 9 1948
Photograph of stone taken 2009-11-20 by John Allan of Ontario Genealogical Society Sudbury District Branch
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We combine the category letter, d for death , with the alphageographic location, and the year 1948 to produce a header line that tells the computer logic how to sort and sequence this paragraph
Note also that upper case CAROLINE MAY on the stone becomes proper case text Caroline May in our source file.
We also add a credit line at the bottom of the paragraph that links to the photograph and to Ontario Genealogical Society Sudbury District Branch

This next example is a little more complicated - husband and wife with death dates in different decades:

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d@ca.on.sudbury_district.sudbury.sudbury_anglican_cemetery 1941
Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Hugh ARTHUR M.D.C.M. 1861-1941
Anna Louise LOCKWOOD Beloved wife of R. H. ARTHUR M.D. 1862-1925
Photograph of stone taken 2009-11-20 by John Allan of Ontario Genealogical Society Sudbury District Branch
   ( abreviation M.D. is Medical Doctor. M.D.C.M. is Medical Doctor Canadian Militia )
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Note that we expand Lieut-Col. to Lieutenant-Colonel and add a line explaining M.D.C.M. and M.D.
The comment line is indented and smaller than the other text lines so it doesn't distract.
We force OGSPI to index this paragraph twice ( 1920's and 1940's ) by copying, pasting, and then changing the header date:
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d@ca.on.sudbury_district.sudbury.sudbury_anglican_cemetery 1925
Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Hugh ARTHUR M.D.C.M. 1861-1941
Anna Louise LOCKWOOD Beloved wife of R. H. ARTHUR M.D. 1862-1925
Photograph of stone taken 2009-11-20 by John Allan of Ontario Genealogical Society Sudbury District Branch
   ( abreviation M.D. is Medical Doctor. M.D.C.M. is Medical Doctor Caradian Militia )
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OTHER WEBSITES
Some other Genealogical websites take a data base approach to indexing. They have one record per person and each record is subdivided into boxes or fields like :
   Record Number    
   Surname    
   Given Name(s)    
   Father    
   Mother    
   Date and Place of Birth    
   Date and Place of Baptism    
   Date and Place of Marriage    
   Year of Immigration to Canada    
   Spouse    
   Children    
   Date and Place of Death    
   Date and Place of Funeral    
   Date and Place of Burial    
   Date and Newspaper of Obituary    
   Occupation   
   Title   
   Military Service   

These websites have a front end with boxes where you type SURNAME, Given Name, Province, County.
Designs like this quietly ignore the ugly reality of life before typewriters - A person's name is not always spelled the same way on every piece of paper that gets indexed ! !

Here is an example from Hope Township in Durham County
Joseph Thomas CHAMBERS and wife Elizabeth MCKEOWN had a son Joseph George CHAMBERS born about 1856. Joseph George married Margaret BOYD.
The census records show:
   CHAMBERS J. George age 5 with parents Hope Township 1861 census district 046 page 071 line 17
   CHAMBERS Joseph G. age 15 with parents Hope Township 1871 census district 51a4 family 020
   CHAMBERS George age 25 & Margret age 21 Hope Township 1881 census district 127a1 family 219
   CHAMBERS Joseph age 34 & Margaret age 32 Hope Township 1891 census district 058b1 family 283
You can easily see that a search for George gives 1861 & 1881 results only
and a search for Joseph gives 1871 & 1891 results only.

We use the example farther along of Edward Walter STULL born and baptized 1904 in Sudbury.
Pay close attention and you will see him called "Ted" in his father's 1926 obituary.
Edward Walter's father is documented in the original text of our examples as:
    W. W. STULL
    Walter W. STULL B.A.Sc.
    Mr STULL
    William STULL
    Walter STULL
    Walter William STULL
    William Walter STULL
Edward Walter's mother is documented in the original text of our examples as:
    CARLEY Caroline (1904 baptism)
    Carrie CARLIE (1926 obituary)
    CARLEY Caroline May (1901 marriage)
    Caroline May STULL ARTHUR
   
Some websites force every user to guess how a person's name was typed into the database.
Guessing wrong shows the familiar error message No records found to match your search criteria

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b@ca.on.nipissing_district.springer_township.sturgeon_falls.sacre_coeur_rc 1907 twin baptisms
children of PELLETIER Benjamin & MALENFANT/BONENFANT Emma
PELLETIER Horace Napoleon born Sturgeon Falls 1907-09-30
godparents LELONTIER Napoleon & BERTHIAUME Eulalie
Horace married 1932-07-05 @ca.on.nipissing_district.river_valley to BLAIS Lucienne
PELLETIER Marie Anne Stella born Sturgeon Falls 1907-09-30
godparents DRISCOLL French & CLOUTIER/CLOUTHIER Marie Anne
Marie Anne Stella married 1936-01-06+ @ca.on.peterborough_county.peterborough.saint_peter_in_chains_rc to BRADLY John
source: lds1311348 Sacre Coeur register pages 30,31 baptisms 270,271
Contact Helen NICHOLSON if you are searching PELTIER aka PELLETIER OGSPI Home
b@ca.on.sudbury_district.sudbury.epiphany_anglican 1904 baptism
STULL Edward Walter born 1904
son of STULL William & CARLEY Caroline(1901)
sponsors DEMOREST Richard W. & wife CARLEY Margaret Ann(1892)


How a typical Obituary Works in OGSPI
This is how Walter Stull's obituary actually looked in the Sudbury Star on Feb 13th 1926.
Town Mourns Loss of Pioneer in W. W. STULL
Is Stricken at Lodge Meeting - Many at Funeral

In the loss of Walter W. Stull B.A.Sc. Ontario
Land Surveyor, well known member of the firm
of Demorest & Stull, whose sudden and untimeley
death occured Wednesday evening February 10th,
after only a few hours illness, Sudbury loses
one of its most esteemed citizens, a pioneer
who has played a large and important part in
the development of the North County, and a
thorough gentleman.
Stricken with apoplexy while he was addressing
a Masonic Lodge meeting Tuesday night he was
removed to Saint Joseph's Hospital but never
regained consciousness, the end coming
peacefully Wednesday afternoon at 5 o'clock.
The late Mr Stull was in his fifty-second year
and had been a resident of Sudbury for
twenty-six years.
The funeral was held yesterday under Masonic
auspices and was largely attended by townspeople.
Services were held at the family residence and
at Church of the Epiphany, which was taxed to
capacity with sorowing friends. Interment was
made in the English Church Cemetery.
Few surveyors in the North Country were as well
known or versatile as was Mr Stull. His was a
busy life to the end and he was never happier
than when engaged upon a difficult undertaking
that took him out into the wilds where he was
always at home.
In April 1901 he was married to Miss Carie Carlie,
a sister of Mrs Demorest.
In Partnership
After the retirement of Mr. Sylvester from the
firm in 1903, Mr Stull was taken in as a partner
and in 1904 the business required another partner
and was known as Demorest Stull & Lowe.
It continued under this name until 1910 when it
became Demorest & Stull and has remained so ever
since.
In addition to his widow the late Mr. Stull is
survived by five children: Ted who is in the
flying corps at Sault Sainte Marie, Wilfred,
Kathleen, Elisabeth and Eric all at home.
Note that the obituary as originally published was 45 short text lines - reasonable to fit the familiar newspaper column format, but not suitable for internet when we want text to automatically self adjust and look right for a wide range of user preferences and monitor settings.

Preparing this obituary text file for posting to OGSPI involves several steps:
   1 Adding a header line that tells the computer how to index the item.
   2 Typing the information as a simple text file.
   3 Adding quote marks to show that we are transcribing exact words.
   4 Adding <strong> and </strong> html tags so the first 2 lines show same as in the newspaper.
   5 Capitalizing surnames - in this case STULL DEMOREST LOWE CARLIE SYLVESTER
   6 Adding a simple plus sign at the end of each line for automatic word wrap.
   7 Adding a trailer credit line
   8 Saving the file as c:\00\sud\o1926sudstar.txt

The resulting text paragraph looks like:

o@ca.on.sudbury_district.sudbury.sudbury_star 1926-02-13 published
<strong> "Town Mourns Loss of Pioneer in W. W. STULL"
"Is Stricken at Lodge Meeting - Many at Funeral"</strong>
"In the loss of Walter W. STULL B.A.Sc. Ontario Land Surveyor, well known+
member of the firm of DEMOREST & STULL, whose sudden and untimeley death+
occured Wednesday evening February 10th, after only a few hours ilness,+
Sudbury loses one of its most esteemed citizens, a pioneer who has played a+
large and important part in the development of the North County, and a thorough+
gentleman."
"Stricken with apoplexy while he was addressing a Masonic Lodge meeting Tuesday+
night he was removed to Saint Joseph's Hospital but never regained consciousness,+
the end coming peacefully Wednesday afternoon at 5 o'clock. The late Mr STULL+
was in his fifty-second year and had been a resident of Sudbury for twenty-six+
years."
"The funeral was held yesterday under Masonic auspices and was largely attended+
by townspeople. Services were held at the family residence and at Church of+
the Epiphany, which was taxed to capacity with sorowing friends. Interment+
was made in the English Church Cemetery."
"Few surveyors in the North Country were as well known or versatile as was Mr+
STULL. His was a busy life to the end and he was never happier than when+
engaged upon a difficult undertaking that took him out into the wilds where+
he was always at home."
"In April 1901 he was married to Miss Carie CARLIE, a sister of Mrs DEMOREST."
"In Partnership"
"After the retirement of Mr. SYLVESTER from the firm in 1903, Mr STULL was+
taken in as a partner and in 1904 the business required another partner and+
was known as DEMOREST STULL & LOWE. It continued under this name until 1910+
when it became DEMOREST & STULL and has remained so ever since."
"In addition to his widow the late Mr. STULL is survived by five children:
Ted who is in the flying corps at Sault Sainte Marie, Wilfred, Kathleen,+
Elisabeth and Eric all at home."
Indexed 2002-04-06 by volunteers at OGS Sudbury Branch
OGSPI software automatically scans c:\00 and subfolders looking for any text files that are new or have been changed since the previous program run
In this particular case we convert Walter STULL's obituary from text to HTML, cloning it for each of the contained surnames of STULL, DEMOREST, LOWE, CARLIE, SYLVESTER
Expanded header lines look like:
STULL o@ca.on.sudbury_district.sudbury.sudbury_star 1926-02-13 published
SYLVESTER o@ca.on.sudbury_district.sudbury.sudbury_star 1926-02-13 published
DEMOREST o@ca.on.sudbury_district.sudbury.sudbury_star 1926-02-13 published
LOWE o@ca.on.sudbury_district.sudbury.sudbury_star 1926-02-13 published
CARLIE o@ca.on.sudbury_district.sudbury.sudbury_star 1926-02-13 published

OGSPI headers may seem a bit strange at first. Their greatest value is for consistant and organized sequencing within a surname.
Results are posted to folder www.ogs.on.ca/ogspi/192/o192s000.htm OGSPI Home

STULL o@ca.on.sudbury_district.sudbury.sudbury_star 1926-02-13 published
Town Mourns Loss of Pioneer in W. W. STULL
Is Stricken at Lodge Meeting - Many at Funeral

In the loss of Walter W. STULL B.A.Sc. Ontario Land Surveyor, well known member of the firm of DEMOREST & STULL, whose sudden and untimeley death occured Wednesday evening February 10th, after only a few hours ilness, Sudbury loses one of its most esteemed citizens, a pioneer who has played a large and important part in the development of the North County, and a thorough gentleman.
Stricken with apoplexy while he was addressing a Masonic Lodge meeting Tuesday night he was removed to Saint Joseph's Hospital but never regained consciousness, the end coming peacefully Wednesday afternoon at 5 o'clock. The late Mr STULL was in his fifty-second year and had been a resident of Sudbury for twenty-six years.
The funeral was held yesterday under Masonic auspices and was largely attended by townspeople. Services were held at the family residence and at Church of the Epiphany, which was taxed to capacity with sorowing Friends. Interment was made in the English Church Cemetery.
Few surveyors in the North Country were as well known or versatile as was Mr STULL. His was a busy life to the end and he was never happier than when engaged upon a difficult undertaking that took him out into the wilds where he was always at home.
In April 1901 he was married to Miss Carie CARLIE, a sister of Mrs DEMOREST.
In Partnership
After the retirement of Mr. SYLVESTER from the firm in 1903, Mr STULL was taken in as a partner and in 1904 the business required another partner and was known as DEMOREST STULL & LOWE. It continued under this name until 1910 when it became DEMOREST & STULL and has remained so ever since.
In addition to his widow the late Mr. STULL is survived by five children:
Ted who is in the flying corps at Sault Sainte Marie, Wilfred, Kathleen, Elisabeth and Eric all at home.
Indexed 2002-04-06 by volunteers at OGS Sudbury Branch


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m@ca.on.sudbury.sudbury_district.sudbury.epiphany_anglican 1901
STULL William Walter son of STULL William & THOMPSON Caroline
to CARLEY Caroline May dtr of CARLEY Alexander & SWAN Mary Jane(1862 )
witnesses SILVESTER G. E. & POTTER Mayme M.
minister BOYDELL James
Caroline age 1 with parents Cobourg 1881 census @ca.on.124d3 family 024
Caroline age 11 with parents Cobourg 9@@099b family 158
Walter William died 1926. Detailed obituary Sudbury Star Feb 13 1926 page 10
Caroline widow m2 to Doctor ARTHUR.

STULL m@ca.on.sudbury.sudbury.epiphany_anglican 1901
STULL William Walter son of STULL William & THOMPSON Caroline
to CARLEY Caroline May dtr of CARLEY Alexander & SWAN Mary Jane ( married 1862 )
witnesses SILVESTER G. E. & POTTER Mayme M.
minister BOYDELL James
   Caroline 1 with parents Cobourg 1881 census @ca.on.124d3 family 024
   Caroline 11 with parents Cobourg 1891 census @ca.on.099b family 158
Walter William died 1926. Detailed obituary Sudbury Star Feb 13 1926 page 10
Caroline widow m2 to Doctor ARTHUR.

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