Posts Tagged ‘tips’

Archival Advice

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

We are introducing a new category to the OGS blog: Archival Advice. This is where you will be able to find advice and tips on how to manage your family history collection. And yes, from an actual Archivist! Watch for the first post, Family Records: Controlling the Chaos, over the next few days.

Googling your genealogy

Friday, July 9th, 2010

If you’re reading this blog, you are likely reasonably web saavy. You may use online databases: subscription and free. You may regularly visit the websites of other genealogists and follow their blogs or tweets. And you likely use Google on a regular basis.

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Google. It’s so popular it’s a verb. It’s become a generic term for searching the web for information, no matter what search engine you may actually be using at the time. Often though, Google results can be both overwhelming – You have 6,679, 258 results - and disappointing as they offer opportunities for you to buy a product that happens to share a name with the ancestor you were seeking. 

Here are two articles written to help you get the most out of Google when you’re using it to do genealogical research in the untamed jungle of the free internet: offers some “Hot Tips” on using Google for your research. It takes the reader through the advanced search options the site offers and discusses issues such as country bias and how they may affect your results.

The genealogy section of has an article that helps you use Google’s features best for a genealogy search. It also contains reminders about Google “Stop Words” which could impede your search if you don’t take them into account.

Happy Googling!

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On Our Website: All about Cemeteries

Monday, June 21st, 2010
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At some point, most genealogists wind up dealing with cemeteries and cemetery records. Not only does a tombstone tell you the date of birth and death of an ancestor, some of them also share the names of relatives or details of the life that ancestor lived.

 We have many passionate members who have worked hard over the years to make it easier for you to find out who’s buried where.  Visit our Ontario Cemetery Ancestor Search page to search for the names you need in the indexes of cemeteries all across the province.

 Then check out our Cemetery Locator  and find the location of any known cemetery in Ontario so you can visit the cemetery to learn more. You can also follow the link to the OGS Branch website and buy a transcription of many cemeteries. Over the years, volunteers have transcribed most of the cemeteries in the province. The transcription process continues as more and more cemeteries are discovered everyday.

 Just because we’ve found a cemetery, doesn’t mean that it’s been preserved. Take a look at our Unregistered Cemeteries page  and find out how you can help preserve these spaces for the future.

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On our Website: for beginner genealogists

Monday, June 14th, 2010
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The OGS website isn’t just a place to come to find our address or to renew your membership. There’s plenty of other information and resources to check out as well.

 If you’re a new genealogist, just getting started on your family history, we have a page on the website to help you. We call it How to Research Your Family History .

 This is a quick guide for beginner genealogists which gives a brief overview of the process of family history research so you know what you’re getting into when you first decide to embark on your genealogy journey.

 On top of sharing some basic research strategies such as the principle of moving from the known to the unknown. You can find information there about useful resources that will help you in your search. We also promote our own books as resources here and we hope that this section will give an aspiring genealogist a place to start and a sense of the journey they are beginning.

 Bon Voyage!

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