The Manitoulin Roots database, with over seventy thousand people, was created in 2007 by Marilyn Irish and Roberta Clark. In the beginning, families were linked together using census information from the 1901 census. Later, other censuses were added, along with vital records, birth, marriage and death notices from newspaper clippings, and military records. After the database went online, families were able to access the information and began submitting more information as appropriate. Some families even provided access to family scrapbooks, which were digitized, with information entered into the database. One such scrapbook dated back to the 1930s.
Manitoulin Roots was originally hosted on Rootsweb, but was suspended along with many other sites when Rootsweb was temporarily taken offline in December 2017. The database was unavailable to everyone for several months, and when it was restored it could no longer be edited, remaining stagnant.
Many thanks to The Ontario Genealogical Society for offering to host this genealogy database dedicated to the memory of all those brave pioneers who came to settle on Manitoulin Island. Now that Manitoulin Roots is hosted by OGS, family members can once again submit corrections and additions, which is imperative in order to keep the information as correct as possible.
Further information can be found at the new website URL https://manitoulinroots.ca.