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Hints, Tips, and Sources for Genealogy

  • Copyright issues
  • Dates and Calendars
  • Genealogical difficulties
  • Genealogical education
  • Genealogical standards
  • Getting started
  • Heraldry
  • Indexes for articles
  • Maps
  • Photographs
  • Preservation of documents and photos
  • Writing your family history

  • Copyright issues

    Demystifying Copyright: a researcher's guide to copyright in Canadian libraries and archives (2001)
    Jean Dryden
    ISBN 0-0-88802-298-0
    Consult at: OGSL

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    Dates and Calendars

  • Birth Date Calculator
  • Birthday Calculators
  • Cyndi's List: Calendars and Dates
  • Determining Date of Birth: Formula 8870
  • Ecclesiastical Date Calculator
  • Old Style and New Style Dates and the Change to the Gregorian Calender: A summary for genealogists
  • Perpetual Calendars
  • Recording and Interpreting dates
  • Roman numeral and date conversion

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  • Genealogical difficulties

    500 brickwall solutions to genealogy problems (2003)
    Moorshead Magazines, Toronto
    Includes index
    ISBN 0-9731303-1-8

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    Genealogical education

    Genealogical education can be acquired in several ways. Attend a genealogy conference close to you - even if it's not covering an area where your relatives lived or dealing with your ethnic group of interest. Why do that? You can pick up techniques for doing research. You can buy how-to books at the book market. You can meet people who might be able to help you. These are just a few of the possible reasons.

    Or you might take some genealogy courses. Local historical and genealogical societies usually run them. They can be occasional courses - given if there is a need. Or they can be courses as part of a conference such as your provincial genealogical society's annual conference or seminar. You could take courses through Continuing Education programmes at your local schools. Check the brochures or booklets that come out a couple of times a year for details.

    More advanced courses might be given at a university or through online courses. If this interests you, do a search on your search engine of choice to find out more.

    You could also join a local genealogical or historical society. Or even subscribe to a genealogical magazine.

    It's up to you to learn research methods and techniques and strategies for analyzing and storing your genealogical information.

    New to genealogy
  • GEN_NEWBIE mailing list: A mailing list for those new to genealogy
  • Lost-Newbies mailing list
  • RESEARCH-HOWTO Mailing List

    For the Young

    Creating junior genealogists: tips and activities for family history fun
    Karen Frisch
    ISBN 1-59331-029-3

  • Canada GenWeb for Kids
  • GENTEEN mailing list: A mailing list for teens interested in genealogy
  • Guiding young family historians
  • World GenWeb for Kids

    For the Young at heart

  • SENIOR-NEWBIE mailing list

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  • Genealogical standards

    About genealogical standards of evidence: a guide for genealogists (2004; ed. 2)
    Brenda Dougall Merriman
    Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto
    ISBN 0-7779-2135-9
    Consult at: OGSL

    Professional Genealogy: a manual for researchers, writers, editors, lecturers, and librarians (2001)
    Elizabeth Shown Mills
    Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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    Getting started

    For Canadian research, there are several useful books and web sites for beginners and more experienced researhcers.


    Books you need to do genealogy in Ontario: an annotated bibliography (2000; 2nd ed.)
    Ryan Taylor
    OGS, Toronto
    ISBN 0-9643925-2-6
    Consult at: OGSL

    Here be Dragons! Navigating the Hazards Found in Canadian Family Research (1996)
    Althea Douglas
    OGS, Toronto
    ISBN 0-7779-0196-X
    Consult at: OGSL

    Here be Dragons, Too! Navigating the Hazards Found in Canadian Family Research (2000)
    Althea Douglas
    OGS, Toronto
    ISBN 0-7779-0224-9
    Consult at: OGSL

    How to research almost anything: a Canadian guide for students, consumers and business (3rd ed.; 1998)
    Stephen Overbury and Susanna Buenaventura
    ISBN 0-070560-168-0
    Consult at: OGSL

    In search of your British & Irish roots: a complete guide to tracing your English, Welsh, Scottish, and Irish ancestors (4th ed.; 2000)
    Angus Baxter
    M&S, Toronto
    Includes bibliographical references and index
    ISBN 0-7710-1074-5

    In search of your Canadian roots: tracing your family tree in Canada (2nd ed.; 1994)
    Angus Baxter
    Macmillan Canada, Toronto

    Genealogy in Ontario: searching the records (3rd ed.; 1996)
    Brenda Dougall Merriman
    Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto
    Consult at: OGSL

    Ontario genealogy for beginners (revised ed.; 1999)
    Ruth M. Burkholder
    RMB Genealogical Services, Stouffville, Ontario Previously published as: Beginners' genealogy at OGS Seminar '99
    ISBN 0-921494-21-1

    Tools of the Trade for Canadian Genealogy (2000)
    Althea Douglas
    OGS, Toronto
    ISBN 0-7779-0223-0
    Consult at: OGS

    Tracing your Saskatchewan ancestors: a guide to the records and how to use them (2000)
    Laura M. Hanowski, editor
    Saskatchewan Genealogical Society, Regina
    Includes bibliographical references and index
    ISBN 1-895859-14-X

    Web sites

  • Advanced Research mailing list
  • Tracing your ancestors in Canada: This publication is free from the National Archives of Canada, but it is also downloadable from the National Archives web site in English or French.
  • Genealogy help and guides
  • Genealogy, Quebec's way
  • Getting started in genealogy and family history : This web site (GENUKI) from the United Kingdom has lots of useful tips and information.
  • How to do genealogy: Canadian Genealogy Centre information
  • Mormons - Family History - How do I begin?
  • A beginner's guide to genealogy: Lots of good tips here on Ontario genealogy
  • RootsWeb's guide to tracing family trees: A series of lessons in genealogy by RootsWeb
  • Using Canadian Records to Trace Your British and European Ancestors in Western Canada: While especially designed for doing research in Western Canada, this site has useful information that could be applied to other parts of Canada

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  • Heraldry

    Canadian Heraldic Primer (2000)
    Kevin Greaves
    Heraldry Society of Canada
    ISBN 0-9693063-4-2
    Consult at: OGSL

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    Indexes for articles

    Index to the Ontario Genealogical Society's "Bulletin", 1962-1970 & "Families", 1971-1997: selected subjects (2000)
    Roger W. Reid, Compiler
    Global, Milton, Ont.
    ISBN 1-894378-40-7 (hardcover); ISBN 1-894378-41-5 (paper)

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    See Maps and Atlases page of this site.

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    "Finding, Dating, and Using Old Photographs" in Anglo-Celtic Roots
    Mary Nash
    Part 1, Spring 2002, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. ? - ?
    Part 2, Summer 2002, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 62 - 65
    Part 3, Fall 2002, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 91 - 94
    Part 4, Winter 2002, Vol. 8, No. 5, pp. 123 - 127
    ISSN 1201-3072

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    Preservation of documents and photos

    Help! I've inherited an attic full of history
    - Volume I: dating, evaluating and disposing of the accumulation of a lifetime (1998); ISBN 0-7779-0203-6
    - Volume II: archival conservation in the home environment (1999); ISBN 0-7779-0217-6
    Althea Douglas
    OGS, Toronto
    Consult at: OGSL

  • A Focus on Family Photographs
  • Caring for Your Family's 35mm Slide Collection
  • Preserving photographs and documents

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  • Writing your family history

    "Planning a Family History" in Anglo-Celtic Roots
    Saxon Harding
    Spring 2003, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 15 - 17
    ISSN 1201-3072

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