Getting Started with Your Own Genealogical Research

A good place to start to learn about this hobby is:

Ontario Genealogical Society New to Genealogy

Other useful resources are:

Archives of Ontario

The website for the archives is undergoing revisions on a regular basis so we recommend that you search its website for what you need. topics include:

Genealogical ResearchGetting Started
Interloan ServicePrepare for Your Visit
Major Genealogical HoldingsVital Statistics Bulletin
Vital Statistics Name IndexesFamily History Centres in Ontario
Reference List of Researchers

Library and Archives Canada
Genealogical Sources in Canada

Canadian Military Genealogical FAQ

Ontario Cemetery and Census information

Birth, Marriage and Death Vital Statistics for Ontario

These are available on microfilm from the Archives of Ontario.
Some LDS Family History Centres (Mormon) also have these microfilms. Most are also found on the website.

Printed Resources

Many books have been written on how to do you own research. These are usually available in your local library or may be purchased from a book store or Genealogical Society.

Two useful books are:

Genealogy In Ontario: Searching the Records, by Brenda Dougall Merriman, CGRS,CGL, Toronto, ON: Ontario Genealogical Society, fourth edition, 2008. These are available from the Ontario Genealogical Society

In Search of Your Canadian Roots, by Angus Baxter, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1994.

Other Information:

Other useful web sites can be found at Cindi’s List a widely used index of genealogy websites.

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3 Comments on “Getting Started with Your Own Genealogical Research

  1. My grandfather, Bernard Harrison, at age 14 in 1887, arrived to Almonte, Ontario, Ramsay Township to Concession 10 Lot 12 that I have seen on the map as a farm of William Smith or John Smith. He came on the Sarmation Steamship and is found recorded on British Children Home Registry as indentured. At some point he emigrates to the United States @ 1900 and I do not know via what port. Looking for leads as to a typical route.

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