Yearly Archives: 2019

62 posts


Reflections Prior to Entering a Genealogical 2020

  How do you get the Christmas present that you want? You can provide a list of items but I have found that genealogical ones don’t light up interest in my wife and children. This year I online ordered a genealogical book that I wanted. When it arrived I handed the unopened package to my wife and said that she could wrap it, put her name on as giver of the gift and place it under the tree. She saw […]


Alan’s Genealogy Lists

  December is the time of year when lists of the best of something are posted primarily to get you to buy items. My lists are for your information and I do not receive any renumeration from the mention of the companies who are noted. If I were to publish my lists at various times of the year they would change as the geographical locations of my research change. I have done a lot of research related to ancestors who […]


Getting the Most Benefit From a Research Trip to an Archive

  I visited the Peel County Archives in Brampton on Friday, 1 November 2019. Sometimes visits to archives are exercises in finding what doesn’t exist but not this time. I did a “mini” happy dance because I found Bolton and Brett family materials, unsourced, but with a lot of hints as to where I should research next. I also came home with half a dozen valuable newspaper obits. Kudos to archivist Jacob and his team. I was welcomed, shown the […]

Remembrance Day, November 11th-Remembering the Sacrifices

November 11th is the “official” time to remember those who sacrificed their lives on the field of battle, returned home ill, or gave up a chunk of their lives for the freedom that Canadians enjoy today. My thoughts tend to dwell on specific veterans who fit into my family tree more frequently because I wear red on Fridays to recognize that members of the Canadian military are still stationed in war torn areas of the world today. I have done […]

Family Tree Maker 2019 Ontario Tour

  Family Tree Maker 2019 – An In-Depth Insider’s View Ontario Ancestors and its Branches are pleased to present Family Tree Maker on Tour, an interactive presentation. Mark Olsen, Family Tree Maker Ambassador, will discuss the history of Family Tree Maker, North America’s most popular family tree software, will demonstrate new features of FTM 2019, moving to FTM 2019 from earlier versions and add-on products. Kiara Neilsen, Education Ambassador, will discuss DNA and the partner product Charting Companion 7, DNA […]

Early Bird Draw – 2020 Membership Registration

Click to [WD_Button id=51422]     or [WD_Button id=51432] All new and all renewing members who complete their 2020 membership registration in Ontario Ancestors, The Ontario Genealogical Society, prior to midnight, November 30th, will be entered into a draw for one of the following prizes (see note). We gratefully acknowledge and thank the companies who have contributed the following prizes – scroll to the bottom for the complete list. one Ancestry DNA kit, a Cdn. $129 value (regular price)   […]