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 traveled to the United States from Canada and of some who returned to Canada afterward. I have started dabbling more seriously in ancestor research in the United Kingdom.

Websites that I recommended the most this year
What can I say? The site is free, you have access to a worldwide, all encompassing family tree, the informational Wiki gives background and suggestions for research in many geographical areas, many indexes and digitized records can be found and digitized family histories are available.

Dave Obee’s Cangenealogy
For someone either beginning research in Canada or beginning research in a province, district or territory new to them, this website is a good place to start.

Cyndi has done a great job of putting together an organized list of potential websites on a multitude of topics. I have found it useful on more than one occasion.

I keep finding more on this website. First I found family items and then I found digitized newspapers from Lambton County.

Internet Archive
Searching using the names of geographical locations can bring up a huge number of resources at times. I have found relevant books, voters’ lists and more.

University of Calgary Local History Collection
This is great website at which to find local histories from all across Canada

My Most Used Genealogical Websites in 2019[world edition]
My research has taken me from Canada to the United States frequently so this website was very valuable. I even found one marriage in records from Brazil.
I usually had this website up at the same time as I was using This website was also valuable for my research in the United States. I was new to research in some of the states so the Wiki was of great help.

I began to do more ancestor research, primarily in England, as a prelude to ordering death registrations. Building families on the other side of the “pond” is the key to going back another generation at least in England.


Canadian Headstones
I used both of these  memorial stone websites to track my well-traveled ancestors this past year.

Books that I recommended the most times this year
Brenda Dougall Merriman CG, Genealogy in Ontario – Searching the Records (Toronto, Ontario: The Ontario Genealogical Society, 2013).

Blaine T. Bettinger, DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy (Cincinnati, Ohio: Family Tree Books).

Some of the Treasures in my Genealogy Book Library
Barbara B. Aitken, Local Histories of Ontario Municipalities 1951-1977 – A Bibliography (Toronto: Ontario Library Association, 1978).

Barbara B. Aitken, Local Histories of Ontario Municipalities 1987-1997 – A Bibliography (Toronto: The Ontario Genealogical Society, 1999).

Barbara B. Aitken, Local Histories of Ontario Municipalities 1997-2007 – A Bibliography (Toronto: The Ontario Genealogical Society, 2009).
Barbara’s books can aim you towards local history books which you were not aware existed.

Blaine T. Bettinger, DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy (Cincinnati, Ohio: Family Tree Books).
Blaine’s book was written so I could understand the topic of Genetic Genealogy. The many illustrations helped with my understanding.

Carol Osborne Cole, Editor, Be a Genealogy Journalist (Bountiful, Utah: The Write Place [for the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors], 2003).
I enjoy writing so I read about writing well.

Mark Herber, Ancestral Trails – The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History 2nd Edition (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., 2006).
If I don’t know something about British records I head to this book. That way I have some understanding of what I find online and whether or not what I am seeing is the complete record.

Brenda Dougall Merriman CG, Genealogy in Ontario – Searching the Records (Toronto, Ontario: The Ontario Genealogical Society, 2013).
This is the source to find out about the records for genealogical research that exist in Ontario.

Brenda Dougall Merriman CG, Genealogical Standards of Evidence – A Guide for Family Historians (Toronto, Ontario: Dundurn Press and The Ontario Genealogical Society, 2010).
I reread parts of this book on occasion to remind myself about good standards of evidence. This practice helps to keep my research more accurate!

Elizabeth Shown Mills, editor, Professional Genealogy- A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers and Librarians (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., 2002)
Although this book may sound like it is only for professional genealogists, I find it of value in writing research reports. Writing research reports is my way of trying to get through brick walls or to satisfy myself that I have connected the correct people together.

George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques (New York: McGraw Hill Education, 2014).

Marsha Hoffman Rising, The Family Tree Problem Solver-Proven methods for scaling the Inevitable brick wall (Cincinnati, Ohio: Family Tree Books, 2005).

Since I like to try to break brick walls by myself first, I read parts of both of the above books when I am about to challenge a brick wall for the first time or a second, or a third…

Alan Rayburn, Place Names of Ontario (Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto Press, 1997).
Although you can google the background for many localities, I still find this book of value.

I would be interested in hearing from readers about their most productive websites and /or most useful books for genealogical research.
Alan Campbell
The Ontario Genealogical Society [Ontario Ancestors]


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