Monthly Archives: August 2019

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Do You Know PERSI?

  Do You Know PERSI? No, not “Who’s PERSI?”, But “What is PERSI?”  PERSI, the Periodical Source Index, is your gateway to discovering amazing information about your family history. PERSI connects you to the material and journal records from the databases of over 8,000 genealogy and history societies from all over the world.  2.7 million entries PERSI enables you to easily locate key information about people and places. Containing over 2.7 million journal record entries from thousands of historical, genealogical […]

Resources for Educators

  Calling All Teachers Do you have a family history or genealogy component in your lesson plans? Let Ontario Ancestors, Ancestry and Family Tree Maker help you. Ancestry Ancestry offers free access to its amazing databases to teachers in both the United States and in Canada, although the programs are somewhat different. In the United States, the Ancestry K12 program offers access for one year to its American collection, Fold 3 and sites, with 19 lesson plans written to U.S. […]

Vacationing, A City Directory Success and “Mining” Census Records

This blog post comes to you from a valley of the Maitland River. We are camped near Auburn, Huron County, Ontario. I find it interesting to travel through the areas in which collateral ancestors used to live. As we drove through Brucefield a couple of Plewes families came to mind. When we briefly travelled the Hullett/McKillop Road, a wrong turn corrected, I thought of travelling further east to check cemeteries. A trip to Listowel to buy yarn put us in […]

NGS & FGS Announce Intention to Merge

Today, August 21, 2019, the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society (based in Virgina) announced their intention to merge the two organizations and to continue as the National Genealogical Society. Ontario Ancestors was a charter member of FGS in 1976, which was formed to provide support to genealogical and historical societies. Key objectives during the past four decades have been to: – promote the study of genealogy, – stimulate the activities of state and local organizations, – […]

Using City Directories in Your Genealogical Research

I was pleased to see that the first “round” of digitized Vernon City Directories, part of the initiative to digitize all of the Vernon city directories via a partnership of Ontario Ancestors, and Library and Archives Canada, was posted recently with an access link on the Ontario Ancestors website. Note that this link takes you to one of our partner’s websites, If you have not already done so you will need to sign up for a free […]