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New to Genealogy and Family History Research? This Might Help

Saturday, August 30th, 2014
How to Research Your Family History: Part 1

Work from the known to the unknown

Genealogical work usually moves back in time, going from something we know to something we do not know. First piece of advice: Start with yourself. You probably know when and where you were born, who your siblings are, when and where your parents were born and were married, their siblings (your aunts and uncles) and hopefully, your grandparents.

Take the time to talk to as many of the older members of your family as you can. Ask if anyone has done a family tree. Ask when the family came to Canada, where from, where they settled in Ontario and where your ancestors worshipped.

When you have all this data from family members, write it up! Draw the trees, create the family records, note who told what to you and when. Finally, organize your records! See an earlier blog post Controlling the Chaos, for some organizational tips.

The OGS has also published several books to help you get started – and continue – researching your family history:

More titles are available on the OGS eStore.

When you have learned all you can from your family, it’s time to start searching Ontario records. The Archives of Ontario would be an excellent place to start.

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


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.