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Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

History of HomeHistory of Your Home: Researching Its Past

Lesley Ciarula Taylor




“Taylor … takes us on her journey to uncover the history and previous occupants of her home … and imparts the research lessons she learned. If you’re ready to listen to your walls, this booklet will teach them how to speak.”

- Peggy Mackenzie, The Toronto Star

Have you ever asked yourself these questions?

  • “Do you know when the house was built or modified?”
  • “I wonder who lived in this house?”
  • “Why is the wood in this corner of the room different?”

The History of Your Home: Researching Its Past, was written to help you research the answers to these and many other questions about your old Ontario home. The author directs you to resources available throughout the province to solve these mysteries.

2010 32p

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OGS/Dundurn Publications: The Genealogist’s Reference Shelf Series

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Genealogy and the LawGenealogy and the Law in Canada

Dr. Margaret Ann Wilkinson


Digital records and broad access to the Internet have revolutionized the ways in which genealogists approach their investigations — and has made it much easier to locate information relevant to any particular genealogical inquiry from sources often separated by vast distances. The law, on the other hand, remains very connected to particular geographic locations. There are legal differences depending on whether you are doing personal research or working for others for pay.

This book will discuss the relevant laws — access to information, protection of personal data and copyright — applicable to those working within Canada with materials that are located, at the time you are doing the work, in Canada. The opinions expressed in this book are not intended as legal advice.

2010 125p glossary

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Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Standards OGS DGenealogical Standards of Evidence: A Guide for Family Historians

Brenda Dougall Merriman


“… should be considered a must-read by anyone doing family history research in Canada. This easy-to-read book makes it simple to understand the different record sources, and the limitations and possibilities of each one.” –Dave Obee, Times Colonist

Genealogical evidence is the information that helps us to identify an individual or the relationship between individuals. In describing how we establish or argue points of identification through the use of various sources, we often use such words as “evidence,” “proof” or “documentation.”

Brenda Dougall Merriman takes readers through the process of research and identification, along the way examining how the genealogical community developed standards of evidence and documentation, what those standards are and how they can be applied.

As a supplement to courses, workshops and seminars, this book provides both an in-depth and inexpensive reference, perfect for compiling and checking research notes.

2010 116p illustrated

OGS/Dundurn Publications:Genealogist’s Reference Shelf Series

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Education HiistoryEducation and Ontario Family History

Marian Press


Many family researchers with Ontario roots discover they have ancestors who were teachers. Those with no teachers in the family may have ancestors who were part of the Ontario education system as students. Today there are numerous varied resources available to find information on teachers, pupils, schools, textbooks, and curricula in historical Ontario.

Education and Family History outlines the resources available for education from about 1785 to the early twentieth century, not only for genealogists, but also for other historians with an interest in educational records. Many historical resources are currently being digitized, and Ontario and education are no exceptions. These electronic repositories are examined in author Marian Press’s book along with traditional paper and archival sources.

2011 169p illustrations

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Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Crime and PunishmentCrime and Punishment in Upper Canada

Janice Nickerson


Crime and Punishment in Upper Canada provides genealogists and social historians with context and tools to understand the criminal justice system and locate sources on criminal activity and its consequences for the Upper Canada period (1791-1841) of Ontario’s history

2010 242p illustrated

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Friday, September 6th, 2013

Conserving259Conserving, Preserving, and Restoring Your Heritage

Kennis Kim


“We all have archives of one form or another, and need to know the best way to keep them intact.… will help just about everyone.” –Dave Obee, Times Colonist

History surrounds us, in museums, in our community and in our homes. Whether objects were bought, found or inherited, these artifacts offer glimpses into the past — a time, place, event or person we wish to remember and share with the future.

As custodians of pieces of our history, we are faced with how to maintain these items. Professional conservator Kim tells us how. Topics discussed include:

  • Creating an accession list
  • What are conservation, restoration and preservation?
  • Deciding on display, storage or using the artifact
  • Common threats, such as light, humidity, insects and rodents
  • When to call in a professional

Here’s all you need to determine what you can do yourself to preserve your precious things for future generations.

2010 171p glossary appendices illustrations

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Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Publish your family historyPublish Your Family History

Susan Yates and Greg Ioannou


Many people want to write a family history, but few ever take on the job of publishing one. If you’ve done the research, and you want to make a book from it, then Publish Your Family History is for you. It will tell you all the fundamentals of book production, together with the important details that distinguish a home-published book from a homemade one. You’ll learn:

  • How to get your manuscript ready for production;
  • Design ideas for the pages and cover;
  • Methods of making pages with or without a computer and printing those pages quickly and inexpensively; and
  • Ideas on bindings that last and look great.

Even if time is at a premium, you’re not comfortable with computer technology, or the budget is tight, you will learn how to publish a professional-looking family history of your own!

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And don’t forget, the Ontario Genealogical Society is particularly interested in collecting Family Histories. Our goal is to collect a history of every family with roots in Ontario. Should you wish to have your Family History become part of our collection, at either the Provincial and/or Branch level, we would be pleased to accept it. Please ensure that it is bound in some manner, a binder would suffice. This will ensure that all of your hard work will remain a cohesive collection and also make it easier for fellow genealogists to gain the most benefit from your research.

If you are interested in donating your family history to the Provincial collection, please contact us at: For donations to one of our branches, please consult our branch directory to find your branch of interest.

OGS/Dundurn Publications

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Inheritance in OntarioInheritance in Ontario – Wills and Other Records for Family Historians by Jane E. MacNamara

Jane E. MacNamara


Whether your ancestor left hundreds of acres of land, money or a few modest belongings, the records created when those legacies were distributed can provide valuable clues to family connections, relationships, and just how your ancestors lived.

Inheritance in Ontario will help you determine whether your relative’s will was proved in the Court of Probate, surrogate courts, or another court, and navigate the finding aids to locate surviving estate files and other complementary records at the Archives of Ontario, local courthouse or archives, or through Not every Ontario estate was handled by a court, however, and land records, newspapers, and manuscript collections can also help you discover “who got what.”

Jane E. MacNamara is a long-time member of the Ontario Genealogical Society. She teaches and speaks about family history to groups throughout Ontario and is the organizer of the Genealogy Summer Camp, a program attracting out-of-town researchers to Toronto for a week of hands-on research. Jane lives in Toronto and encourages readers to visit her website,

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Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

McCabecoverThe McCabe List – Early Irish in the Ottawa Valley

Bruce S. Elliott, index by DeAlton Owens


‘Lieutenant Colonel By, Commanding Royal Engineer, Rideau Canal. Humbly Sheweth – It is our candid & sincere opinion that the description of Poor in Ireland alluded to would be highly benefited by being sent to Canada on the Conditions proposed; Most of Us have Relatives residing in that Country in impoverished circumstances’

So begins The McCabe List, published with the permission of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, a most important genealogical document on the Ottawa Valley. It provides the signature or mark, county, parish, and townland of origin, number of male and female children, and names and addresses of relatives in the homeland for some 700 mostly Irish families who were in the vicinity of Bytown on 5 February 1829. A richer genealogical goldmine on early Irish immigrants can scarcely be imagined.

The list was discovered by John McCabe, the well-known Belfast genealogist, while researching at the Public Record Office in England. He readily agreed to its publication and the British government granted permission to reproduce it. Bruce Elliott obtained a complete photocopy, transcribed it and wrote the introduction; the index was prepared by DeAlton Owens.

The Ontario Genealogical Society is pleased to once again offer this valuable tool in a new, easy-to-read format. The list should help resolve countless long-standing research deadlocks for those in eastern Ontario and western Quebec with Irish ancestry. Hundreds of familiar Valley names appear.

2002, 86 pages, nominal index

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Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Whyte CDDictionary of Scottish Emigrants to Canada Before Confederation, Volumes 1 to 4 (CD-ROM)

Donald Whyte



These volumes (1-4) document thousands of fur traders, explorers, bankers, railway builders, politicians, farmers, teachers and journalists who came to Canada before 1867. Donald Whyte consulted numerous sources, printed and manuscript, and by extensive correspondence, gathered much information that would not otherwise have been saved for posterity. A must for anyone searching for Scottish ancestors, these volumes also provide a bibliography of genealogical periodicals.


• An introduction to the CD

• The text of all four volumes in PDF

• The appendices from Volumes 2, 3 and 4 in PDF

2008 CD

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