Category: OGS Blog

Honouring Our Veterans by Telling Their Stories

On the eve of Remembrance Day, November 11th, remembering veterans by telling their stories is a significant way of honouring them. Now that the files of the World War I Canadian Expeditionary Force have been…

Border Hopping Canadians- Finding Records in Canada and the United States Part 2

This post continues on from my previous post about border hopping Canadians. Some informative records were created when Gordon Frederick and Elizabeth Dosenburg Campbell crossed into the United States with the intent of becoming US…

Bruce & Grey Branch Fall Event

  Join the Bruce & Grey Branch of the Society on Saturday October 20th for our fall genealogy day. Join in the discussion about United Empire Loyalists, British Home Children and creating Family History books,…

Border Hopping Canadians- Finding Records in Canada and the United States

  One of my collateral line ancestors, Gordon Frederick Campbell, border hopped from Canada to the United States to live and then returned to Canada where he died. In the process he left behind many…

Alien Naturalization in Canada- Becoming a British or Canadian Citizen

Persons born within the British king or queen’s dominion and allegiance, born in a foreign land to a father who was a British subject or born on a British ship regardless of location automatically became…

Deportation of Margaret Ellen Reid: A Tangled Web of Government Documents

Margaret Ellen Colbert ranks second in file size in my genealogical papers only surpassed by the file that I have for her grandfather John Pratt Campbell [my great grandfather]. Margaret became a person of research…

Whose Daughter is She?

A Martha Campbell was enumerated with Edward and Martha (Lennox) Campbell’s family in the 1861 Canada West and 1871 Canada Censuses for Bosanquet Township, Lambton County: 1861 Canada West Census for Bosanquet Township, Lambton County…

Age is a Relative Thing

In my previous blog, What Census Records Do or Don’t Tell Us, I noted the need to systematically follow a family through the censuses in order to try to come to an accurate record of…

What Census Records Do or Don’t Tell Us

The 1851 Canada West Census for Wellington County, Eramosa Township captured the family of my 2X great grandfather, Andrew Sims: Andrew Sims, farmer, born Ireland, Methodist Episcopalian, age 50 Elizabeth Sims, born Ireland, Methodist Episcopalian,…

Are You a Genealogical Researcher Role Model?

Reading a post on Facebook by a genealogy friend about one of her kittens who had jumped onto a shelf in a closet and ‘encountered several boxes of family history memorabilia” prompted this blog post.1…