Category: Ontario Ancestors Blog

Achieving My Genealogical Goals in 2020- Research in English, American, and Australian Records

As much as I try to return to talking about research in Ontario for the benefit of researchers with that interest, I am frequently foiled. What started out as research of a Petrolia, Ontario couple,…

The Tale of a Genealogist who departed from his 2019 Genealogical Goals

Confession time! When I reviewed my genealogical goals for 2019 I discovered that I had to insert “not done” into my spreadsheet more often than I liked to see. However when I looked closely at…

Reflections Prior to Entering a Genealogical 2020

How do you get the Christmas present that you want? You can provide a list of items but I have found that genealogical ones don’t light up interest in my wife and children. This year…

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…

Getting the Most Benefit From a Research Trip to an Archive

I visited the Peel County Archives in Brampton on Friday, 1 November 2019. Sometimes visits to archives are exercises in finding what doesn’t exist but not this time. I did a “mini” happy dance because…

Remembrance Day, November 11th-Remembering the Sacrifices

November 11th is the “official” time to remember those who sacrificed their lives on the field of battle, returned home ill, or gave up a chunk of their lives for the freedom that Canadians enjoy…

Filling in the Gaps in my English Pedigree

I recently ordered three death registrations related to my Atkey line who lived on the Isle of Wight, England. This time I ordered a death registration for Ann (Yelf) Atkey because the first time I…

Lack of Privacy and How it Helps Genealogists

Uploading blog posts on the second and fourth Fridays of the month would not seem to be an onerous task. But when you are forced into going car shopping because a rear end accident totals…

Celebrate British Home Child Day- Write about the British Home Children in Your Family Lines

September 28, 2019 is the 150th anniversary of the arrival of British Home Children on the shores of Canada. This blog post “re-celebrates” the British Home Children I found in a collateral line. I enjoy…

Recording My Own Story

I finally accepted the challenge. After listening to Steven Young, Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer with FamilySearch, talk about writing your story at the 2019 Ontario Ancestors Conference banquet at London, Ontario, memories of events in…