Tracing 20th-Century Ontarians with Janice Nickerson

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Date(s) - Tuesday, May 4, 2021
7:30 pm - 9:15 pm


Durham Region Branch’s May Meeting on Tues., May 4th @ 7:30 p.m.

When tracing Ontario families we usually start with census records and civil registration. But these records are closed for most of the 20th century. So where do you start if your earliest known ancestor was born after 1921? Or maybe you’ve traced your ancestors, but now you want to find out what happened to their brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews? Don’t despair, not all 20th Century records are closed. In fact, if you know where to look, you can learn a great deal about your recent ancestors and relatives. This lecture will walk you step-by-step through my research process, introducing you to the records and strategies you need to peek behind the “closed” curtains of 20th Century Ontario. Using these tips, you’ll probably even learn something new about family members you thought you were done researching!

Professional genealogist Janice Nickerson loves a good challenge – whether it’s identifying elusive ancestors, tracking disappearing descendants or telling richer family stories. Her specialties include early Ontario research, criminal justice records and fur trade history. Her website is

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