Category: Ontario Ancestors Blog

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…

Researching in the 1926 Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta

There is no worse hell for a genealogist than being out of country with limited access to the Internet when a new indexed records collection goes public. I was cruising in the Far East at…

Reading the Background Information for Record Sets Can Reduce Frustration

As genealogists and family history researchers you are probably frustrated in your research on occasion if you have the experiences that I do. Sometimes we cause our own frustration because we do not read the…

Using a Timeline to Direct Your Family History Research

I have often mentioned in my blog posts and other articles that I use timelines for analysis of a family and to find hints of what records I should check next. The following timeline is…