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How to Research Your Family History: Part 2

Saturday, September 6th, 2014
Keeping Records

Once you start the process of researching your family history, it will quickly become evident that you are going to end up with a lot of information about a lot of people. At this point, you might be thinking that you should find and install genealogical software so that you can start building your tree as well as organize and store all of your data. As tempting as this idea might seem, hold off – for now.

Initially, keep it old school. Rely on good, basic record keeping principles to organize your records – and stick to pencil and paper as you start filling out your tree. (Please refer to an earlier post, Controlling the Chaos, for tips on how to organize your records) There are many excellent genealogy programs and you need to pick the one that fits your specific needs and style. Give yourself enough time to actually determine what these will be – otherwise whatever software you chose may end up frustrating you.

Keep paper records until you have data on about a hundred people; then start looking at the software. Do some research by asking other genealogists what they use – feedback based on hands on experience is invaluable. Also, check sites like Genealogy Software Review - here is their best of for 2014. And don’t forget, if you are on a Mac- it’s best to use software developed for a Mac – here is the Genealogy Software Review for Mac 2014.

There are two basic documents that you need to record two basic types of information.

  1. You need to know who the ancestors of a particular person are. You record this on chart called a Family Tree. Start with yourself, then work back to your parents – your four grandparents, your eight great grandparents, and so on.
  2. The second document is a Family Record – for information about a set of parents and all their children. At a minimum you should create a Family Record for each couple in your Family Tree.

These two forms are the only essential ones, although there are many other useful forms, charts and diagrams. A good source of forms with a Canadian orientation is the book Using Forms for Genealogical Research by Susan Smart (OGS 2005). It contains 42 forms which you can photocopy for your own use.

Visit the OGS eStore for other useful Genealogy Guides.

Find Your Ancestors in Municipal Records

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Now that fall is almost here, are you thinking of kick-starting your family history research? One often overlooked resource for new information is municipal records.

By definition these records are all local and, if you’re lucky, they can provide some really specific details about your ancestors. Assessment Rolls, Collector Rolls, Voter Lists, and Board of Health records are just some of the records to be found. The OGS publication Municipal Records in Ontario: History and Guide describes these records and has appendices which list every municipality in Ontario that could have produced records and tells you where these records may be found.

To purchase a copy of this, and other OGS publications, please visit the  OGS e-store.

OGS Offers Plenty of Summer Reading for Genealogists

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Now that summer is here and the pace has slowed down, are you thinking of finally getting around to writing that family history? OGS has several books that might help.

For social history information that would add character to your narrative, try the Time Traveller’s Handbook; A Guide to the Past or perhaps A Better Place; Death and Burial in 19th Century Ontario.

To help locate a local history for a place of interest, OGS offers Local Histories of Ontario Municipalities 1997-2007; A Bibliography. Finally, if you want to make a book from your family history, Publish Your Family History will provide you with all the detail needed.

For more information about these publications, visit the e-store section of the Society’s website.

OGS Publications: Roots and Remembrance

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

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May is Jewish Heritage Month in Ontario; an opportunity to explore the impressive contributions made by members of the Jewish community. According to Irving Abella, author, historian and York University professor, the Jewish presence in Canada goes back at least 250 years, and has paved the way for our current culturally diverse society.

If you are exploring your Jewish ancestry, OGS has publications that may be of interest, including a series of indices of Jews resident in the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario and Western Canada taken from late 19th century censuses, and the wonderful book Roots and Remembrance: Explorations in Jewish Genealogy.

See the  OGS e-Store section of the Society’s website for fuller details

Advertise in Ontario Genealogical Society’s Quarterly Journal: Families

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Do you run your own business that may be of interest to genealogists? You may want to consider advertising in Families.

Families is the OGS quarterly journal for all members of The Ontario Genealogical Society. It includes:

– researched, referenced and illustrated articles

– Name Game, a queries column

– In Review, a book review section on books of interest to genealogists

Check out our advertising rates to see if we’re a good fit for your company:http://www.ogs.on.ca/membership/Families-advertising-rates.PDF

OGS Publications: 30th Anniversary Edition of Genealogy in Ontario: Searching the Records

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Genealogy in Canada 30 Anniversary Edition

Brenda Dougall Merriman

$30.00

The 30th Anniversary edition offers the most up-to-date information about genealogical resources in Ontario.

Reviewers and users have found that Genealogy in Ontario is required reading for family historians from every background. Merriman gives details of source material in archives and libraries, in municipal and federal collections, in religious institutions and military fonds. She explains where to find the records, the context for their creation and how to use the finding aids.

Also included are discussions of the diversity of land records, court documentation, educational sources, native and ethnic interests, occupations and immigration through the years, among other subjects. By making all this information available in one volume, Brenda Dougall Merriman saves genealogists countless hours of research.

2013 329p appendices and index

Click here to purchase this book from the OGS eStore

Please note: OGS Provincial Office will be closed from December 24th – January 1st. All eStore orders will be processed on January 2nd, 2014.

OGS Publications: Help! I’ve Inherited an Attic Full of History

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

attic_coverAlthea Douglas, MA, CG (C), UE

 $9.99

“What on earth do I do with all this stuff?”

For people who find themselves the custodians of a portion of history. Conducts the reader through the steps to gain control over the variety of material, advising how to evaluate and whether to maintain or dispose. Covers simple conservation and maintenance of items retained for sentimental or historical value. Includes a detailed glossary, useful ‘not before’ dates and suppliers’ addresses.

2003 184p

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OGS Publications:Townships of the Province of Ontario, Canada

Friday, November 15th, 2013

townshipCompiled by Muriel Gartner and Frederick Prong

$12.95

A Complete Index of the Townships in all the Counties and Districts

Births, marriages, deaths, land – all these records were registered by township.

Originally published by the Nipissing Branch, OGS, this updated compilation of the names of Townships in the Province of Ontario, Canada, includes the names of historical townships and of recently formed townships, and is current up to December 2006.

Changes in the government structure of Ontario municipalities have resulted in the amalgamation of former townships into larger townships, towns, municipalities or cities. The footnotes accompanying each map indicate where changes in the status of townships have occurred.

2007 56p

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OGS Publications: Time Traveller’s Handbook: A Guide to the Past

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

timetravellershandbookAlthea Douglas

$19.99

“A great book for not only genealogists, but also historical fiction readers, Jane Austen fans, writers, and anyone else interested in history.” – Chandler Public Library News and Reviews, June 20, 2011 (accessed online June 22, 2011)

Do you know how long it took to sail across the Atlantic Ocean? Was it faster from east to west or west to east? Imagine sailing to India, a five-month trip around the Cape of Good Hope! No wonder late Victorians valued the steamship and the Suez Canal. What difference did the invention of the telephone or steam engine make to our ancestors’ lives? How much could you buy for 10¢ in 1840?

Time Traveller’s Handbook answers these questions and looks at “mythinformation” hand down by word of mouth. This sort of information can be found on the Internet – somewhere – but the researcher can waste a lot of time hunting for it.

In an entertaining and useful manner, Time Traveller’s Handbook brings together a lot of facts our ancestors once knew, took for granted and used regularly, and helps put your family history back into its context.

Click here to order this book from the OGS eStore

OGS Publications: Genealogy, Geography, and Maps: Using Atlases and Gazetteers to Find Your Family

Friday, November 1st, 2013

gengeomapsAlthea Douglas

$39.95

“The author’s ‘expertise in the subject and her passion for maps shows through every page… This book is something of a ‘tour de force’ and should be required reading in genealogy courses.”

– Pat Wohler, The Renfrew Weekender

“…a great starting point for North American readers who want to explore the world of maps in more depth.”

– Paul Milner, FGS Forum

No genealogist should try to work without maps. In clear language, using numerous illustrations, the author explains the many uses of all sorts of maps to trace your ancestors? roots and travels. The author illuminates the history of map-making and defines what was meant by Canada at various times. She draws examples from Europe and Africa to underline the changes, recent and ancient, that led people to migrate. A must for your reference collection!

2006 184p full colour illustrations index

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