General Genealogy

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We hope that you will find some of these articles and internet links useful in your general genealogy work.

 

A Cemetery Tip:

The following tip is from an article in Inside Toronto, written by Joy Neighbors, media manger for Genealogists.com and writer of a cemetery culture blog A Grave Interest.  The entire article can be found at  The Joy of Genealogy: Cemeteries are a great place to dig up valuable information.

Write your name, address, phone number, email address and relationship to the deceased on an index card and ask the sexton if you may leave it in the deceased’s file. That way others researching the same person can connect with you.

Facebook for Canadian Genealogy:

Not everyone is on Facebook; however, if you are, you might find help, or useful information, on one of the Genealogy Facebook pages listed by Gail Dever on her Genealogy a la carte blog in a document named Facebook for Canadian Genealogy (updated February 2017). Gail breaks the list down to overall Canadian Facebook pages, and then pages for individual provinces.

Suggestions for additions to this list or broken links should be sent to her at:  Gail Dever.

Genealogy on Facebook:

For even more Genealogy Facebook pages, check out the list compiled by Katherine R Willson (the inspiration behind Gail Dever’s Canadian Facebook pages list). Ms Willson’s list now has more than 10,000 groups and pages (in English). Genealogy on Facebook (updated August 2016). There is an index to the list to tell you which of the 288 pages to go to for a specific state or country.

Genealogy Games for Kids:
If you have children, or grandchildren, and would like to foster in them an interest in genealogy, check out these 7 fun games for children by Janice Nickerson. You will find them at this webpage Genealogy Fun with Janice: 7 fun genealogy games for kids

Google Search Education Online:

Would you like to learn how to use Google Search more efficiently? Google has a self-directed online course that you can take which will teach you the “tricks of the trade” when using Google to search. The course landing page is found at Power Searching with Google. There are two courses, a basic as well as an advanced course. By completing a course, you earn a certificate. The course is not something that you would probably want to complete in one sitting. Creating a favourites folder for the course where you can easily store bookmarks of where you left off so you can pick up the course easily would be a good idea.

How to Research Your Family History – from the OGS Blog:

Reproduced with permission from Frances O’Regan MISt, Manager, Library Division/Social Media – Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS)

How to Research Your Family History – Part 1  (Work from the known to the unknown)

How to Research Your Family History – Part 2 (Keeping Records)

How to Research Your Family History – Part 3 (Proof and Citing)

How to Research Your Family History – Part 4 (Maps)

How to Research Your Family History – Part 5 (Records – Where to look: Ontario Births, Ontario Marriages, Ontario Deaths)

Names of Towns in Lower Canada:

Many of our ancestors stayed in Quebec when they first got to Canada, even if only for a short while. Some however, stayed. But if you find them on one of the early census records for Lower Canada you may not be able to find the town today, because the name has changed. The Quebec Family History Society has posted one of Jacques Gagné’s latest research projects. He has compiled a list of more than 1,500 18th and 19th-century hamlets, villages, and settlements in Quebec that no longer exist or have changed their name. The list is in pdf format, which makes it searchable using Control F. Click here to download the list.

Online Genealogy Courses on Ancestry
If you are an Ancestry subscriber, you will have access to all of the courses. However, there are some free courses that anyone can take. The average course is between 45 minutes and an hour. The Course Library lists all available courses, both free and those available exclusively for Ancestry subscribers.

Record your Family Stories
We all have family stories to tell and if we don’t write them down, they will be forgotten in a generation or two. Thanks to Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, we learn of a new startup website called MemoryStoria, which gives you a place online to freely record your family stories in both text and photos and turn them into a digital book. All books are private by default, but you can choose to make them public. You can also share your digital book privately with friends and family.

This new website is the brainchild of two gentlemen (George Iliev – a London-based entrepreneur, and Ryan Cormack – a software engineer). George and Ryan are currently conducting a cloud funding campaign in order to raise the funds to complete the features that would allow audio and video to be added to the book, and to hire an editor to help people who may be uncomfortable with the “do it yourself” aspect of the process. However, participation in the cloud funding is strictly voluntary…Registration and use of this online service is free. Record Your Family Stories