Using the ONLAND-Ontario Land Registry Access Website for Genealogical Research

Spending two weeks in the south in the warmth shouldn’t throw off one’s calendar but for me it did. In the “fun” of picking up where I left off after my time off, I committed the ultimate genealogical sin- I missed one of my twice monthly OGS Blog posts. Apology given, hopefully accepted.

ONLAND-Ontario Land Registry Access Website
I have been “playing” on the ONLAND- Ontario Land Registry Access site. In my collection of information about our house I have a re-subdivision plan that includes the lot that it sits on. A previous owner or contractor was kind enough to stick it between a stud and the drywall in a basement wall. I often thought that I should trace the property back to the Crown grant. Being genealogists you know that I never got around to doing that research. In minutes on the ONLAND site I was able to find information about previous owners. Now all I have to do is record the instrument numbers and make a trip out to the Lambton County Archives where most of these instruments are stored. For anyone who has not researched in land records before instruments are such items as a deed, a quit claim, a mortgage, or possibly even a will.

Concession and lot numbers will get you to records as well although I had a range as opposed to a concession and had to browse the records- still easy. When browsing through the records, instead of working my way through some 400 pages one by one, I would enter a larger number in the page box and hit return. That way I could “fast forward” through the items or do a “fast rewind” using a lower number. Don’t have a lot and concession number for your ancestor? Check out directories, voters lists and even some Canadian censuses (1861 agricultural census, 1901 Schedule 2 -Buildings and Lands).

I am a firm believer in not wasting my words when someone has already said it well so check out Cindi’s My Moynahan Genealogy Blog. She has blogged a number of times about the ONLAND site and included pictures to help out her readers.

No Expected Indigenous Ethnicity Results in a DNA Test
I had a friend who took the Ancestry.ca DNA test on a lark, only interested in the ethnicities report. His wife was surprised when no indigenous ancestry appeared in the ethnicity percentages as she was positive, based on family photos that some existed in his family line. I directed her attention to Amy Johnson Crow’s post 5 Things You Need to Know About DNA Testing for Genealogy.

As I get caught up on OGS tasks I plan to get back to exploring the results from my DNA tests in a more in-depth way. I actually understand what some of the DNA terms are referring to now!

September 28- National British Home Child Day
Last but certainly not least, I am thrilled that the House of Commons motion M-133, sponsored by Conservative MP Guy Lauzon (Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry), passed unanimously 294–0 in Parliament on 7 February 2018. Via the passing of the motion September 28 was declared a national British Home Child Day.

Happy researching!
Alan Campbell
Past President
The Ontario Genealogical Society
© 2018