Author: alan

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…

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, Familysearch.org and Library…

One Family One World Conference and More Family History Research

Although I mention attendance at genealogical/family history workshops both in person and online in my blog posts, I don’t make a habit of “advertising” educational events other than our own Ontario Ancestors yearly Conference. I…

Straying Back to Genealogical Research in Ontario

Just as I was approaching the end of my research for my revised Campbell family book I had the urge to temporarily abandon it and begin work again on my Bolton family history book. I…

Genealogical Reflection Prior to the 2019 Ontario Ancestors Conference

As the facilitator for the Ask a Genealogist program at the 2019 Ontario Ancestors Conference in London, Ontario, I have come to realize that my genealogical “black holes” pale in comparison to those of other…

Getting the Most Out of Attendance at the 2019 Ontario Ancestors Conference at London

Open admission. This blog post is a revised version of the post that I made prior to the 2018 OGS Conference in Guelph, Ontario. Most of the content did not need to be changed as…

Genealogical Research Fatigue or Not

Yesterday I found myself commenting on Twitter that I sometimes cheered when I found a couple did not have any children. I wondered via my tweet whether it was genealogical research fatigue that elicited my…

IOOF Insurance Papers Database- An Ontario Ancestors [The Ontario Genealogical Society] Membership Benefit

This blog post is a follow up to the article about the IOOF Insurance Papers Database published in the eWeekly of 27 April 2019. I have accessed the IOOF papers twice to date but was…

Using Symbolism on Grave Markers in your Genealogical Research

Not content to remain at home after we had settled back into routine after our East Asian cruise, we acted upon a desire to revisit New Orleans. We had visited New Orleans in April of…

Archival Collections and Restarting Genealogical Research

Getting back into the research mode after being out of country for a month was a struggle. Where was I to start? Fortunately I had my genealogical goals for 2019 to hand and read them…