Category: OGS Blog

Electronic Genealogy Meets Family Structure Anomalies

Those of you who know me well understand that I am a family historian with one foot in the “paper”past and one foot in the “electronic” future. I build my family stories in Microsoft Word…

A Genealogical Confession and a Genealogical Potpourri

Check All of an Index In my OGS Blog post of 27 October 2017, “Using the On-line Indexes of the Provincial Archives of Alberta,” I noted my successes and failures in terms of finding the…

Remembering Our Fallen Soldiers and Our Veterans

With tomorrow being Remembrance Day, my thoughts turned to the military history of my family in composing this blog post. I remember hearing my father complain that he was too young to enlist in WW…

Using the Online Indexes at the Provincial Archives of Alberta

My direct line Campbell ancestors “escaped” Ontario by 1878 to Manitoba at first and then to Saskatchewan. My father, born in the North West Territories [Saskatchewan], came east to Ontario in the early 1940s to…

Grow Our Family Campaign Returns for 2018

Following on the success of last year’s Grow Our Family membership campaign, the Board of Directors has again approved the offer for our 2018 Membership season.  Any member of the Society renewing their membership can…

Recording the Stories Behind Our Personal Possessions

My wife and took a bus tour of Northern Ontario the first week of October primarily to see the fall colours. We rode the Algoma Canyon Tour Train and “soaked” in the scenery. One of our…

Handing on Family History Stories and Artifacts to the Next Generation

About a year ago my wife stopped at the door of my office and said something that pushed me into action. Her question was “Once you are gone what am I supposed to do with…

Researching in Newspapers – Finding All of the Story

A second cousin of mine, Douglas Wilson Smith, died 17 February 1936 at the age of eight in Chatham General Hospital. I accessed the Chatham Daily News and found an obituary for Douglas.1 The obituary…

What Items are You Missing in Your Newspaper Research?

I have always enjoyed searching in newspapers for information about my ancestors. Right now I am in the process of searching for newspaper reports in the Minnedosa Tribune that support family lore about a collateral…

The Ins and Outs of Obituary and Death Notice Research

Obituaries and death notices can be an excellent source of genealogical information for a researcher. There are some caveats though. These can be illustrated in part by mining data from the obituary for Mary Sloane…