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BOOK - Genealogy in Ontario, Searching the Records, 30th Anniversary Edition
By Brenda Dougall Merriman, CGRS, CGL
Published by Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto, 2013

Softcover... 30.00 (C$)

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.

What reviewers are saying:
  • "The language and content of this excellent work are as straightforward as its title. No publication other than her previous revised edition has come close to documenting the resources of this province and their applicability to the genealogist." - Brian Hutchison, CG, in National Genealogical Society Quarterly

  • "This book remains the acknowledged best handbook for Ontario research. Read it before you go- then take it with you!" Mimi Howard, Quebec Family History Society, Connections Magazine")
  • "We are grateful to the Ontario Genealogical Society for publishing the valuable guide....and to Mrs Merriman for her straightforward, excellent compilation." (Donna valley Russell, FASG, CG, Detroit Society For Genealogical Research Magazine")
  • "...if you have Ontario roots/relations, you must own a copy of this first class guidebook." (Terrence Punch, CG (C), The Nova Scotia Genealogist)
About the author:
    Brenda Dougall Merriman became a professional genealogist researcher for clients many years ago when it became clear that thousands of people in every corner of the world were interested in their Ontario roots or connections. Her subsequent authorship and speaking engagements have made her well-known in the Canadian genealogy community and beyond. Problem-solving research and writing about genealogy, especially the 18th century Loyalist era, remain her primary interests in the research field.

    In volunteer work, she is the only person to have twice received the Ontario Genealogical Society's (OGS) Citation of Recognition. She has served on the boards (and travelled many miles) for some international societies in the past twenty years --- the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the International Society for British Genealogy & Family History, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) --- to encourage Canadian participation in North American events. Brenda was the first Canadian to be elected as a trustee on the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), and is a proud contributor with her colleagues to the Millennium (first) edition of the BCG Genealogical Standards Manual. In 1996 Brenda founded a group which became the Ontario Chapter of APG and served as their Newsletter editor for five years. She was also a charter director of the Friends of the Archives of Ontario.

    She contributed for ten years to the "Petworth Project" sponsored by the Jackman Foundation, which resulted in two noteworthy publications of historical-genealogical collaboration from McGill-Queens University Press. Her own publications, besides numerous journal articles, include United Empire Loyalists: A Guide to Tracing Loyalist Ancestors in Upper Canada (Global Heritage Press, 2006); Genealogy in Ontario: Searching the Records; About Genealogical Standards of Evidence; and The Emigrant Ancestors of a Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (1993), the last three published by Ontario Genealogical Society.
329 pages
6 X 9 format
Softcover - perfect bound
Published by Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto, 2013
ISBN 978-0-7779-3442-5

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