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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


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

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

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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


“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


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


“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.

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

Friday, November 1st, 2013

gengeomapsAlthea Douglas


“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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OGS Publications: A Better Place – Death and Burial in Ninteenth-Century Ontario

Friday, October 25th, 2013

betterplaceSusan Smart


A Better Place describes the practices around death and burial in nineteenth-century Ontario. Funeral rituals, strong religious beliefs, and a firm conviction that death was a beginning, not an end, helped the bereaved through their times of loss in a century where death was always close at hand.

The book describes the pioneer funeral in detail, as well as the factors that changed this simple funeral into the elaborate etiquette-driven Victorian funeral at the end of the century. It examines the sources of various funeral customs, including the origins of embalming that gave rise to the modern-day funeral parlour. The evolution of cemeteries is explained with the beginnings of cemeteries in specific towns given as examples.

An understanding of these changing burial rites, many of which might seem strange to us today, is invaluable for the family historian. In addition, the book includes practical suggestions for finding death and burial records throughout the century.

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

Monday, October 21st, 2013

acalltocoloursA Call to Colours: Tracing Your Canadian Military Ancestors

Kenneth G. Cox


Beginning in Canada’s earliest days, our ancestors were required to perform some form of military service, often as militia. The discovery that an ancestor served during one of the major conflicts in our history is exciting. When you find a family name on a Loyalist muster roll, a Canada General Service Medal with an ancestor’s name engraved on it, a set of First World War attestation papers, or a box of Second World War medals, you realize that one of your ancestors faced challenging events beyond the scope of ordinary living. There are ways to trace their journeys and thus flesh out a more complete story of the history of your family.

A Call to Colours provides the archival, library, and computer resources that can be employed to explore your family’s military history, using items such as old photographs, documents, uniforms, medals, and other militaria to guide the search. The book is generously illustrated with examples of the sorts of artifacts and documents you can find.

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OGS Publications

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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