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BOOK - Historic Fort William (Thunder Bay, Ontario)
By John R. Lumby
First edition published by Times-Journal, Fort William, 1927
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2008 (CD version 2013)
Historic Fort William provides a concise local covering first settlement during the era of the fur trading companies, transportation, Western grain handling, Jesuit influences, development from village to town to city, building of churches, school development, persons and personalities of Old Fort William, plus a section on John Joseph Vickers, a pre-confederation pioneer. Fort William became part of the new city of Thunder Bay in 1970. ISBN 978-1-897446-41-6 More Information
BOOK - Colborne District Marriage Register 1841-1857 [Central Ontario]
By Dan Walker, Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999 (CD version 2013)
In April of 1838 the District of Colborne was separated from the Newcastle District and included the present counties of Victoria and Peterborough and points to the north. This work includes a complete transcription of the original Colborne District Marriage Register and the original marriage returns sent by Ministers to the Clerk of the Peace. This book also includes a complete transcription of all returns in the register that is now called the Peterborough County Register (1841-1859). We have also supplemented the original register with the Marriage Register (1834-1857) of the Reverend John M. Roger, First Presbyterian Minister of the Newcastle District and the Marriage Register of the Reverend John MacMurchy (1842-1857) and 1842 baptisms from Rev. John MacMurchy.
ISBN 978-1-894571-12-8 (coilbound) More information including an Index
BOOK - Victoria District Marriage Register 1839-1858 [Central, Eastern & Northern Ontario]
By Dan Walker, Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999 (CD version 2013)
In May of 1838 the Victoria District was separated from the Midland District (original registers have not been found as yet) and included the present Hastings County & Nippissing. Despite being officially created in 1838, the Victoria District would not be proclaimed until a Court House and jail were constructed and officials appointed. The Victoria District was therefore not proclaimed a separate district until 1839. Surrounding contemporary counties include: Lennox & Addington, Renfrew, Haliburton, Peterborough, Northumberland.
ISBN 978-1-894571-40-1 (coilbound) More information including an Index
BOOK - Letters to Muriel, A search for Kin
By Helen Deachman
The need to know one`s roots, and therefore one`s self, is universal. In Letters To Muriel, Helen Deachman undertakes an exploration of her past in search of an identity that links one generation to another. They met in Port Arthur, Ontario, in 1935, just before their fourth birthdays, and developed a friendship that would last their entire lives. Almost sixty years later, following the death of their adoptive mother; Helen Deachmen began to trace the identity of her birth-mother, to learn where the music`` came from. In this lilting collection of forty letters to her best friend Muriel, she records the ups and downs, the revelations and dead-ends, as her five year journey of discovery leads her from Port Arthur to Winnipeg, and to Scotland and back.
ISBN 0-9684338-0-4 More Information.
BOOK - The Jesuit Residential School at Spanish: "More Than Mere Talent" [Ontario, Canada]
By David F. Shanahan, Ph.D.
Published by William Lonc for the The Canadian Institute of Jesuit Studies, Toronto, 2004 (reprint 2013)
The Jesuit Residential School at Spanish, More Than Mere Talent is based on exhaustive research in the Archives both of the Department of Indian Affairs and of the Jesuits of Upper Canada, as well as on many interviews with Alumni and former staff. Dr. Shanahan's study tells the story of the school days of the hundreds of young native boys who attended the Jesuit schools on the Wikwemikong Reserve and at the Residential School in Spanish, Ontario. It provides a through description of the classes, the diet and living conditions, the sporting and other recreational activities at the schools as well as the religious practices of both students and staff.
ISBN 0-0784558-3-7 More information
BOOK - The Residential Schools at Spanish, Ontario: The Flu Epidemic of 1918-1919
Translated by William Lonc S.J.; Edited by Jacques Monet S.J.
Published by The Canadian Institute of Jesuit Studies, Toronto, 2009
More than ninety years ago, around the end of World War One, the terrible epidemic of influenza called "The Spanish Flu" spread over the world. It killed 21 million people, including about 50,000 Canadians. Here as elsewhere, it was especially vicious in attacking the young and the vigorous. Nor, certainly, did it spare the Native Residential Schools set up at Spanish Ontario. Between October 22nd, 1918 and January 19th, 1919, almost everyone on the staff and in the student body was struck down, several of the staff near death for a few days and nineteen boys and girls indeed dying of the virus. This book includes an accurate English translation of the French language records that document the distress caused to the students and staff of the school during the great flu epidemic including records of deaths. Student deaths between 1913 to 1938 from other causes are also documented.
ISBN 978-0-9784558-3-7 (Softcover) More information
BOOKS - Letters from the New Canada Mission 1843-1852 [Jesuit missions in early Ontario]
Edited with commentaries and annotations by Lorenzo Cadieux, S. J., 1973 (Part 1), 1982 (Part 2)
Translated by William Lonc, S.J. and George Topp, S.J.
Published by William Lonc for the The Canadian Institute of Jesuit Studies, Toronto, 2001, revised 2004 (Part 1), 2007 (Part 2) (Reprinted 2013)
For many years, several Jesuit historians have been using these authentic documents, and it is now time to share them with other researchers: historians, sociologists, economists, indiologists, folklorists, etc. The university community as well as the public at large will find in these documents a veritable gold-mine of information for their scientific studies because the letters contain precious data from Canada as it was in the 1840's. The letters describe the mores of the society, its economic and material life, the cultural and spiritual values of Canadians at the time of the Union of the two Canadas: Quebec and Ontario. Ontario is the dominant venue for these letters. The authors describe their endeavors in Kingston, Toronto, Chatham, Sandwich (today's Windsor), and then among the Natives of Walpole Island, Manitoulin Island, Sault-Sainte Marie, Thunder Bay, etc. The accounts are larded with uncensored episodes, reflection on the Native civilization, and fascinating descriptions, worthy to be included in Canadian anthologies. In short, these letters are documents of choice and contribute to the enrichment of our history.
ISBN 0-9687053-9-1 (Parts 1 & Part 2) (perfectbound) More information
Part One - Letters from the New Canada Mission 1843-1852, Letters #1 to #44
BOOK - Marriage Registrations for the Districts of Muskoka and Parry Sound, 1869-1873
Transcribed and Compiled by Deborah Gilbert
Published by Deborah Gilbert, 2000
Marriage Registrations in Ontario began on July 1, 1869. However, the province-wide nominal index does not actually begin for most counties or districts until 1874. Without this finding aid, the marriages for the period of 1869 to 1873 are often overlooked or difficult to track down, especially for researchers located outside of Ontario. The compiled registrations make these marriage records more readily accessible to researchers everywhere. The information, where provided, includes the names of bride & groom, ages, profession (of groom), parents, location & date of marriage, and names of witnesses. ISBN: 0-7779-0703-8, softcover
BOOK - Marriage Registrations for the District of Algoma 1869-1873
Transcribed and compiled by Deborah Gilbert
Published by Deborah Gilbert, 2000
30 pages. ISBN10: 0777906996, ISBN13: 9780777906996.
BOOK - Memoirs of the Jesuit Mission at Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island, Mid 1800's [Manitoulin Island, Ontario]
By Nicholas Point, S.J.
Transcribed by Shelly Pearen.
Translated by William Lonc, S.J.
Published by William Lonc for the The Canadian Institute of Jesuit Studies, Toronto, 2009 (reprint 2013)
The book includes information on every topic that concerned the Mission and the local population during the author's tenure . Some interesting charts are included. For example, Chapter Three contains a list of native girls' Catechism records for the firt three months of 1849. The girls given names are listed as European (French) names, while the surnames appear to be European phonic spellings of native names. The bulk of the book deals with the activities of the Mission providing an interesting insight into the Mission experience, lifestyle, costs and availability of commodities to the Mission and to the native population plus much more. Those with an interest in 19th century Manitoulin Island will appreciate this detailed first-hand acocunt of early life at the Manitoulin Island Jesuit Mission.
ISBN 978-0-9811106-1-5 More information
BOOK - Letters from Manitoulin Island 1853-1870 [Manitoulin Island, Ontario]
By Lorenzo Cadieux, S.J. and Robert Toupin, S.J.
Translated by Shelly Pearen and William Lonc, S.J.
Published by William Lonc for the The Canadian Institute of Jesuit Studies, Toronto, 2007 (reprint 2013)
This carefully compiled volume is a history Manitoulin Island and of the Jesuit mission to the Ojibway on Manitoulin Island in present-day Ontario. In addition to the insights that the English translation and transcriptions of the letters that were sent out from the Jesuit mission between 1853 and 1870 provide for the Anglophone researcher, this book includes a significant Introduction that provides much historical information for those with an interest in Manitoulin Island.
ISBN 978-0-9739886-4-2 More information
BOOK - Letters from Wikwemikong 1845-1863 [Manitoulin Island, Ontario]
By Shelley Pearen and William Lonc S.J.
Published by William Lonc for the The Canadian Institute of Jesuit Studies, Toronto, 2008 (reprint 2013)
This book is a collection of letters emanating from the Jesuit Holy Cross Mission at Wikwemikong on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada, in the mid-1800's. The letters are generally annual reports to the Jesuit General in Rome, and are meant to keep the General informed of the physical and spiritual welfare of the mission. As such, they contain a wealth of detailed information about life on the island in general, and life in Wikwemikong in particular, and therefore are of potential interest to historians.
ISBN 978-0-9739886-9-7 More information
BOOK - Cairnbrogie School- Tales of a Northern Township
by Russell Morton
Cairnbrogie School This book is for those who remember the one room school, and for their children and grandchildren. It traces the history of a township in Northwestern Ontario with its one room school as the focal point. Wainwright Township near Dryden was opened for settlement in 1896, and was described in glowing brochures from the Department of Agriculture- "...a vast extent of unbroken, rolling country...almost ready for the plow." Settlers poured in, and some stayed. Cairnbrogie School opened in 1901 and lasted 60 years. This is the story of the township and of that school- much of it in the words of those who were there- students, teachers, trustees, truants. The prolific Morton families of Wainwright supplied many students for Cairnbrogie over the years- more than enough to fill the one room school if all had attended at the same time. For one of them, the author, researching and writing this book has been a return to his rural roots. 175 pp., Soft Cover, 6" x 9", 1939, ISBN 0-9684888-0-3
BOOK - Ontario Genealogy for Beginners, Eighth Edition (2012)
By Ruth M. Burkholder
First 7 editions published by author, Toronto, 1999-2011
This 8th edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2012
Ruth Burkholder welcomes readers to one of the most rewarding, most frustrating, most enjoyable, most addictive and fastest growing hobby in the world - Genealogy. She explains that there is no right or wrong way to “do” your family history. You already have the information you require to get started. This book suggests many ways of using the information that you know now to point you to the records that will help you find out what you don’t know. Clear concise instructions help you identify useful surviving records, where those records are located (both online and otherwise), and how to use them. A reliable resource to start you on your journey to discover your Ontario roots. ISBN 978-1-926797-60-1 More information
BOOK - Leaving Ontario, Sources for Tracking Ontario Migrants
By Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2008
Leaving Ontario is an essential guide for family history researchers in search of the records of those who left Ontario. As family historians we often hit a brick wall when family members seem to simply disappear from the province. However, in this era of online databases and indexes we now have an opportunity to look beyond communities and countries and track family members across time and boundaries. Leaving Ontario will provide you with an understanding of the traditional and online records that are available to trace your family members who left Ontario to seek their fortunes elsewhere. ISBN 978-1-897446-92-8 More information
BOOK - 1837-38 Rebellion Losses of Upper Canada (Ontario)
Published by Provincial Parliament, Montreal, 1849
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2013
A comprehensive source for names of the claimants and their losses during the Rebellion of 1837-38 in Upper Canada including subsequent restitution amounts or rejection of claims in whole or in part. Some years ago we purchased a forty eight page document originally printed in 1849, that lists the individual claimants by their name, the amount of their claim in currency (sums claimed), the amount paid (sums allowed) or denied (rejected altogether) and the District in which the claimant resided. The Johnstown District claims include "Nature of Claim" and "remarks". Those entries shine much light on which side of the conflict that the claimants sympathized with along with details of ownership or personal information. More information
BOOK - Ontario Land Registry Office Records: A Research Guide.
By Fawne Stratford-Devai & Ruth Burkholder.
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2003
Land records are essential to understanding the history of Ontario and its peoples. The purpose of this guide is to explain the various types of land records that can be found in Local Land Registry Offices in Ontario, and to provide specific examples of where to locate the records and how to use them. ISBN 1-894571-84-3 More information
BOOK - Vital Records In Ontario Before 1869, A Guide to Early Ontario Vital Records
By Fawne Stratford-Devai & Ruth Burkholder
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2003
The value of this research guide is that it helps you to discover which records were kept, for for which time frames they were kept and how those records can be accessed. Of particular value is a listing of resources that are available on microfilm including the microfilm numbers for the resources, and identification of which records have been transcribed into book or database form. This Global Guide is essential for everyone who is researching family history in the early Ontario period.
BOOK - The Irish Palatines in Ontario: Religion, Ethnicity, and Rural Migration - Second Edition
By Carolyn A. Heald.
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2009
This new book provides a broad history of the Palatines in Ontario, where they came from, where they settled, and what characterized their communities. It is not a catalogue of every Irish Palatine who settled in Ontario. However, the book does contain lists of individuals and many references to specific persons and families. In this new second edition of The Irish Palatines in Ontario the author has corrected known errors from the original 1994 edition and added a completely new chapter on Barbara Heck and the Loyalist Palatines plus other refinements and new material. ISBN: 978-1-897446-37-9 (Hardcover) More information
BOOK - Province of Ontario Immigration Records, An Overview.
By Fawne Stratford-Devai.
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2003
Researchers in search of immigration records are often not aware of the diverse records created at the provincial level. This book is designed to provide an overview of immigration records created by and for the Province of Ontario in the 18th and 19th centuries. More information
BOOK - The Pioneers of Old Ontario
By W. L. Smith
Originally published by George N. Morang, Toronto, 1923
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2006 (CD 2010)
In 1897 Smith began a series of trips through rural Ontario with to obtaining first-hand settlement information from its residents. He found a "warehouse" of information was carried in the memories of men and women - memories that went back to the days of the virgin forest, of log cabins surrounded by blackened stumps in the midst of scanty clearings, of bush trails and corduroy roads over which settlers toiled with their grists to distant mills, of old-time logging bees, and of the circuit riders who carried the Gospel message to those real heroes. This book is the result of that effort. ISBN: 1-897210-90-6 (Hardcover) More information
BOOK - History of the Settlement of Upper Canada, With Special Reference to The Bay of Quinte [Ontario]
By William Canniff
Originally published by Dudley & Burns, Ontario, 1869
This edition by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2008, 2011 (CD 2011)
This book grew from modest beginnings into a comprehensive history. The author originally accepted the responsibility to assemble a paper on the topic of the settlement of the Bay of Quinte Region. The "paper grew into a book which went far beyond the history of the settlement of the Bay of Quinte Region. As the work proceeded, Canniff soon realized that in order to prepare a book about the settlement of the Bay of Quinte Region, one had to discuss many topics that concerned the entire province. The final result was this substantial and highly regarded book, which provides an informed insight into the history of the entire province as it was known in 1869 with a focus on the the Bay of Quinte region. ISBN 978-1-897446-27-0 (Hardcover) More information
BOOKS - District Marriage Registers and District Vital Records of Upper Canada, 1786-1870
By Dan Walker and Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton
During the early period of settlement in Upper Canada and Canada West (the province of Ontario), all ministers who performed marriages with the exception of Anglican and Roman Catholic ministers were required to send in returns to the Clerk of the Peace for the District. That said, plenty of Anglicans and Catholics were married by nonconformist ministers for reasons explained further on. The majority of returns begin in the 1830s with a few Districts containing earlier marriage returns. The Clerk of the Peace then recorded the returns in a District register kept in the District office. Most of the original District Registers survive and have been reliably transcribed and indexed into a series of books. It is important to keep in mind that the Register is a copy made by the District Clerk. The returns themselves are the closest record to the original parish record that exists. For some Districts the individual original marriage returns from Ministers have also survived and in some instances contain lists of baptisms and burials performed by the minister. Though the 1849 date for conversion to the county system was precise, some clerks continued to add to the District Marriage Registers for decades after the conversion resulting in some District Marriage Register entries being made as late as 1870. Available in printed and digital formats. More Information...
BOOKS - County Marriage Registers of Ontario 1858-1869, Second Edition.
By Elizabeth Hancocks C. G. & W. E. Britnell
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton
Legislation was passed in 1857 to that required registration of all marriages performed by all clergymen in the Province of Canada West (Ontario) resulting in the "County Marriage Registers". They were to begin on January 1, 1858 and finish on July 1, 1869. Some counties started early, including marriages performed before 1858, and some include marriages performed in the later months of 1869. These books are more than just an indexes of the original registers. Most volumes contain transcriptions of names, dates and places and oftentimes, ages of bride and groom, and names of parents. The first 37 volumes were compiled by Elizabeth Handcocks & William Britnell, and published by Generation Press between 1979 and 2000. This Second Edition of the County Marriage Registers of Ontario 1858-1869 was published by Global Heritage Press in 2005. The 38th volume was compiled by Donald A. McKenzie and was published by Global Heritage Press in 2008. These books are published as one volume per county. The exception is the city of 'Toronto' which is a single volume on its own. Available in printed and digital formats.
BOOKS - Surrogate Court Index of Ontario, Canada, 1859-1900 ( Wills)- Second Edition
Compiled by June Gibson, Indexed by Elizabeth Hancocks, C. G. & Shannon Hancocks
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton
Wills and the documents that contribute to the process of distributing the estate of an individual can be a wonderful source of information about the deceased, their family and those who survived. The books in the Surrogate Court Index of Ontario, Canada 1859-1900 series are designed to assist researchers in finding death and estate information for those who died in Ontario from the middle to the end of the nineteenth century. Specifically, this index covers Estate Files dated between 1859-1900. The death may have occurred months or even years before the date that the estate was finalized. Many times the estate of the deceased may not have been settled until the death of a spouse. Estate Files are of great interest because of the bounty of detailed information that they contain about the deceased, and about those who survive. The Surrogate Court used the documents in order to disperse the deceased's estate, whether he/she died with (testate) or without (intestate) a Will. Available in printed and digital formats. More information
By Glenn Phillips
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2003, 2010
Invaluable guides to help you identify the place and date when a photograph was taken. Many family history researchers have boxes of photographs, but do not know who is depicted in the photo nor when or where it was taken. These books list individual photographers, where they worked and when. That means that if you have a photograph that includes a photographer's stamp or other identification you can easily find out when and where that picture was taken. Oftentimes that will help you to identify who is in the picture. Both volumes are organized alphabetically by municipality. However, a comprehensive index is also included. Historical place names have been kept. More information
BOOK - Emigration: The British Farmer's & Farm Labourer's Guide To Ontario (1880)
By "Issued by authority of the Government of Canada"
Published by C. Blacket Robinson, Toronto 1880
This edition by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2001
An historical reprint of a nineteenth century publication (1880) that was produced for potential emigrants from the United Kingdom to Ontario, Canada. Ouotstanding background information for those researching immigration and settlement in Canada during the last half of the nineteenth century. ISBN 1-894378-43-1 More information
BOOK - Smith's Canadian Gazetteer of Canada West, 1846 [Upper Canada, Ontario]
By WM. H. Smith
Originally published by H & W Rowsell, Toronto, 1846
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999, 2010 [CD 2010]
The primary purpose of a gazetteer, for many modern researchers, is to identify a place by name, its location, and to learn some details about the place, as they were known at the time that the gazetteer was compiled. This book serves that purpose very well, being the first major work of its kind in Canada West, a region that was previously known as Upper Canada (pre-1841), and later named Ontario (1867). ISBN 1-894378-12-1 (Hardcover) More information
MAPS - Southern Ontario Counties in 1852 -- Ten Map Set
Originally published by W. H. Smith, Toronto, 1852
This edition published By Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999
This set of 10 maps was drawn by Thomas Maclear to illustrate W.H. Smith's Canada: Past, Present and Future. Published in 1852, shortly after the Municipal Act came into effect, these maps show township and county boundaries, major settlements, rivers, lakes and transportation routes, in the surveyed townships of Canada West, which covered a large portion of what is now Southern Ontario. More information
BOOK - Genealogy in Ontario, Searching the Records, 30th Anniversary Edition
By Brenda Dougall Merriman, CGRS, CGL
Published by Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto, 2013
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.
ISBN 978-0-7779-3442-5 More information
BOOK - In Duty Bound, Men, Women, and the State in Upper Canada, 1783-1841 [Ontario]
By J. K. Johnson
Published by McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal, 2014
An unprecedented look at Upper Canada's forgotten people and the ways in which their lives were by necessity bound in a mutual relationship of duty and obligation to the Upper Canadian state. This neglected area of Canada's history has been preserved, in part, in the form of personal petitions submitted to the lieutenant-governor and legislature for land, government jobs, pensions, pardons and the lessening of court sentences, for compensation for damages done by, or work done for, the state, and for relief. Using these and other previously unexamined government records, J.K. Johnson illustrates that, popular knowledge aside, Upper Canada was not simply a land of self-sufficient farmers and artisans and that many had to turn to and rely on the state for their livelihoods. The major themes of Upper Canada's history, from war and rebellion to immigration and settlement, are well-documented. This book fleshes out the lives of ordinary people in Upper Canada and clarifies how several branches of government worked for, or against, the interests of the population. ISBN 978-0-7735-4278-5 More Information
BOOK - The Hessians of Upper Canada (Ontario)
By Johannes Helmut Merz
Published by 7th Town Historical Society, 2005
The Hessians were an auxiliary regiment from Germany, engaged by Britain to fight on the British side during the American Revolutionary War. This book includes accounts of the conflict and individual records of many of the men who served in the American Revolution and then settled in Upper Canada, which later became the Canadian province of Ontario. ISBN 0-9735462-5-5 More information
BOOK - The Trail of the Black Walnut
By George Elmore Reaman
Published by Genealogical Publishing, Baltimore, 1957, 1993
Reprinted by Clearfield Company, Baltimore, 2012
This is a superb piece of research on the little-known Pennsylvania-German connection in the founding of Upper Canada. Starting soon after the outbreak of the American Revolution, numerous Pennsylvania-German families and so-called "Plain Folk" (i.e. Mennonites, Dunkards, Moravians, Amish, Hutterites, etc.) migrated to Canada in successive waves. Together, in cultural and religious groups and in kinship groups, they settled in five main areas: Niagara (1776), Essex (1780), Eastern Ontario (1784), York County (1793), and Waterloo (1800). In this work, the author of The Trail of the Huguenots recounts the story of this settlement of Ontario and lists the names of the first recorded settlers, giving their township and county of residence, date of settlement, nationality, and religion.
ISBN 9780806355962 (softcover) More information
BOOK - Inheritance in Ontario, Wills and Other Records for Family Historians
By Jane E. MacNamara
Published by Dundurn, Toronto, 2013
Whether your ancestor left hundreds of acres of land, money, or a few modest belongings, the records created when those legacies were distributed can provide valuable clues to family connections, relationships, and just how your ancestors lived. Inheritance in Ontario will help you determine whether your relative's will was proved in the Court of Probate, surrogate courts, or another court, and navigate the finding aids to locate surviving estate files and other complementary records at the Archives of Ontario, local courthouse or archives, or through FamilySearch.org. Not every Ontario estate was handled by a court, however, and land records, newspapers, and manuscript collections can also help you discover "who got what".
ISBN 978-1-45970-580-7 More information
BOOK - Seeking a Better Future, The English Pioneers of Ontario and Quebec
By Lucille H. Campey
Published by Dundurn, Toronto, 2012
A mass of detailed information relating to pioneer settlements and ship crossings has been distilled to provide new insights on how, why, and when Ontario and Quebec acquired their English settlers. Challenging the widely held assumption that emigration was primarily a flight from poverty, Campey reveals how the ambitious and resourceful English were strongly attracted by the greater freedoms and better livelihoods that could be achieved by relocating to Canada's central provinces.
ISBN 978-1-45970-351-3 More Information
BOOK - History of Your Home: Researching Its Past [in Ontario]
By Lesley Ciarula Taylor
Published by Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto, 2010
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.
ISBN 978-0-7779-3434-0 (softcover saddle-stapled) More information
BOOK - Early Ontario Settlers, A Source Book
By Norman Crowder
Published by Genealogical Publishing Comany, Baltimore, 1993 (reprinted 2003)
Covering the years 1783 to 1789, this source book contains official records of the early settlers of Upper Canada, or Ontario -- chiefly population returns, provisioning lists, settlers' location lists, and lists of immigrant arrivals. The core of the work consists of two provisioning, or ration, lists for 1784 and 1786, which provide the name of the head of household, place of settlement, and statistical details of the family. Most of the settlers named in the records were from the American colonies, and a very substantial proportion were from New York, especially from the Albany area and the Mohawk Valley. Includes maps, detailed notes on sources, and an every name index of 6,000 entries.
ISBN 9780806313757 (hardcover) More information
BOOK - Ontario People: 1796-1803
By Keith Fitzgerald, with Introduction and Index by Norman K. Crowder
Published by Genealogical Publishing Comany, Baltimore, 1993 (reprinted 1998)
After the American Revolution, several thousand families came to settle in the western part of Quebec, later called Upper Canada, then Canada West and today Ontario. These settlers were former members of American Loyalist regiments, discharged British and German servicemen, and some civilians and refugees. They were offered grants of 200 acres of land on condition that they take an oath of allegiance and remain loyal to the British regime. The military and Loyalist arrivals who had come earlier received larger grants, generally in relation to their services to the Crown, their rank or status, and family size. Some entries show, for example, relationships, deaths, military service, maiden names of married women, and remarriage of widows.
ISBN 9780806313665 (hardcover) More information
BOOK - A Better Place, Death and Burial in Nineteenth-Century Ontario
By Susan Smart
Published by OGS/Dundurn, Toronto, 2011
A Better Place describes the practices around death and burial in 19th-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. It includes 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. In addition, the book includes practical suggestions for finding death and burial records throughout the century.
ISBN 978-1-55488-899-3 (Softcover) More information
BOOK - Crime and Punishment in Upper Canada, A Researcher's Guide
By Janice Nickerson
Published by OGS/Dundurn, Toronto, 2010
Crime and Punishment in Upper Canada provides genealogists and social historians with context and tools to understand the criminal justice system and locate sources on criminal activity and its consequences for the Upper Canada period (1791–1841) of Ontario’s history. Illustrative examples further aid researchers in this era of the province’s past, which is notoriously difficult to investigate due to paucity of records and indexes. An entertaining, educational read, the book features chapters with detailed inventories of available records.
ISBN 978-1-55488-899-3 (Softcover) More information
BOOK - Education and Ontario Family History, A Guide to the Resources for Genealogists and Historians
By Marian Press
Published by OGS/Dundurn, Toronto, 2010
Many family researchers with Ontario roots discover they have ancestors who were teachers. Those with no teachers in the family may have ancestors who were part of the Ontario education system as students. Today there are numerous varied resources available to find information on teachers, pupils, schools, textbooks, and curricula in historical Ontario. This book outlines the resources available for education from about 1785 to the early twentieth century, not only for genealogists, but also for other historians with an interest in educational records.
ISBN 978-1-55488-747-7 (Softcover) More information
BOOK - Irish Palatines in Upper Canada, Commemorating 300 years 1709-2009
By Ontario Genealogical Society Irish Special Interest group
This book commemorates the 300th anniversary of the Palatine ancestors leaving their homes and moving to Ireland. The first section describes why and how the Palatines came to make the trek from the Palatinate to Ireland and thence to British North America. The next section contains at least 47 brief family histories. Finally there is an appendix suggesting where you might go to further your Irish Palatinate research. All the family histories will include information on the family in Ireland, the family who emigrated to North America and the first generation born here.
BOOK - Ontario 1610 - 1985, A Political and Economic History
By Randall White.
If Ontario is the land that is "ours to discover" then surely Randall White has written a book of discovery. Ontario 1610 - 1985 fulfills the need for a comprehensive text that chronicles the history of one of the founding provinces of confederation, a province that has provided a vital legacy for Canada.
ISBN9780919670983 More information
BOOK - African Hope Renewed, Along the Grand River (1400's-1800's)
By Angela E. M. Files.
African Hope Renewed Along the Grand River 1400-1800s is a compendium of African settlement in the five counties along the Grand River in Ontario. Starting with the story of slavery in West Africa in the 1400s, it also covers slavery in the West Indies and colonial America, and freedom in Canada with the arrival of black refugees in Ontario on the underground railway system.
ISBN: 0973704004 More information
BOOKLET - Newspapers and Genealogy: A Beginner's Guide
By Don Hinchley, President of the Ontario Genealogical Society.
Despite the fragile nature of newsprint, hundreds of local, regional and national newspapers have survived in many forms — in archives, on microfilm or digitized and on the Internet. This basic guide will help you search for those newspapers that may contain information about your ancestors. If your family has roots in one of the many small communities throughout Ontario that has or had a local paper, you may have an excellent source for adding colour to your family history. Don’t limit your search to local newspapers. There is much to be discovered in the papers of major centres, too. Take the time to explore this valuable source of information.
ISBN 978-0-7779-3426 More information
BOOK - William Wye Smith: Recollections of a Nineteenth Century Scottish Canadian
Edited by Scott A. McLean and Michael E. Vance
Many writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries emphasised the virtues of early rural pioneers and life on the land as a general criticism of what they perceived to be the negative, alienating influence of Ontario's rapid urban and industrial expansion. William Wye Smith, a popular nineteenth century Upper Canadian (Ontario) poet, was no exception. This fully annotated version of Smith's unpublished manuscript highlights Smith's unwitting testimony to the social life of the province, his relationship to the construction and maintenance of Scottish and Canadian identity, as well as his position in literary history.
ISBN: 978-1-55002-804-1 More information
BOOK - The Irish in Ontario: A Study in Rural History
By Donald Harman Akenson
Published by McGill Queens Press, Toronto, 1999
Hailed as one of the most important books on social sciences of the last fifty years by the Social Sciences Federation of Canada. For most of the nineteenth century, the Irish formed the largest non-French ethnic group in central Canada and their presence was particularly significant in Ontario. This study presents a general discussion of the Irish in Ontario during the nineteenth century and a close analysis of the process of settlement and adaptation by the Irish in Leeds and Lansdowne township. While Akenson is careful not to over-generalize his findings, he contends that the case of Ontario seriously calls into question conventional beliefs about the cultural limitations of the Irish Catholics not only in Canada but throughout North America.
ISBN: 9780773520295 More information
CD ROM - Index to the Upper Canada [Ontario, Canada] Land Books - February 1787 to February 1841 Edited By Susan Smart. Containing 87,795 names, this index is a record of all petitioners who came before the Executive Council of the Land Board of Upper Canada, including all the surnames found within the petition, and details such as petitioner’s residence, occupation or location of the land grant. More information
Book - Townships of the Province of Ontario Canada, A Complete Index of the Townships in all the Counties and Districts Compiled by Muriel Gartner and Frederick Prong. Births, marriages, deaths, land — all these records were registered by township. That means that everyone who is researching their Ontario roots needs to know the names of the townships, as they were known at the time of the event, on order to access many of the necessary records. More information
BOOK - Municiple Records in Ontario, History and Guide.
By Fraser Dunford. Municipal records can be a gold mine of genealogical information. Municipalities provided an astonishing variety of records, all of them local (by definition!) and many just loaded with names. This source is not well-known because you must know the municipality your ancestor was in, you have to know where that municipality's records are now and the records will almost certainly be completely, totally, absolutely un-indexed. More Information.
BOOK - Handbook of Upper Canadian Chronology - Revised Edition By Frederick H. Armstrong. A revised and greatly expanded eition of this important and long out of print reference book on Upper Canada to 1841. This work is a listing of all legislative councillors, and assemblymen, all officials, dates of all parliaments, and judges and court officials. It gives as well, a complete picture of local government: legislation relating to local territorial authorities. Especially of interest to family historians who need to know civil boundaries to access records of their ancestors, the book has an extensive list of counties, districts, cities and townships, with the dates of when they were established and when boundary changes happened. More Information
BOOK - Place Names of Ontario by Alan Rayburn. In this, the first wide-ranging survey of Ontario's place names, Alan Rayburn has reviewed 2285, including those of all 815 municipalities, as well as of unincorporated places with populations exceeding 75 and of a large selection of the more prominent lakes, rivers, islands, points, hills, mountains, and highways. Rayburn sets the record straight on the origin of many names. More information
BOOK - A Corner For The Preacher (Bible Christian Church) By: Sherrell Branton Leetooze This work examines the places our Bible Christian ancestors lived in Devon and Cornwall, England, then follows them to the ports of departure to the New World. The author takes readers onboard those ships so we can understand the experiences of the Bible Christians on their perilous journey across the North Atlantic, reading their diaries and letters, finding out what happened to them and how they felt about their desicion to emigrate. Leetooze guides readers through the settlement of the Bible Christians as they made their new homes in Ontario and Prince Edward Island. More information
BOOK - Bible Christian Chapels of the Canadian Conference By: Sherrell Branton Leetooze This book provides a settlement by settlement account of the establishment of the Bible Christian congregation from Prince Edward Island to Ontario. Included in this fine text are descriptions, illustrations and pictures of Bible Christian chapels, historical sketches of some missionaries, circuit outlines, preachers and members of the church. More information
BOOK - The Damascus Road (Bible Christian Church) By: Sherrell Branton Leetooze This book introduces the reader to the ministers who served those faithful to the Bible Christian faith, and worked as missionaries in what later became Canada. The author shares the result of her years of research on who the ministers were, where they came from and what happened to them as they dedicated their lives to their congregations. More information
BOOK - The Scottish Pioneers of Upper Canada, 1784-1855: Glengarry and Beyond By: Lucille H. Campey. This book contains much descriptive information, including references to all known passenger lists. It gives details of the 550 ships, which made over 900 crossings and carried almost 100,000 emigrant Scots. Providing a fascinating overview of the emigration process, it is essential reading for both historians and genealogists. Scots were some of the provinces earliest pioneers and they were always at the cutting edge of each new frontier. They were a founding people who had an enormous influence on the province’s early development. More information
BOOK - Making Ontario, Agricultural Colonization and Landscape Re-creation Before the Railway. By J. David Wood. Wood traces the various threads that went into creating a successful farming colony while documenting the sacrifice of the forest ecosystem to the demands of progress, progress that prepared the ground for the railway. Ontario was a going concern before the railway came - the railway simply streamlined the increasing trade with an international market that drew on Ontario for a multitude of farm products and a continuing output from the woods. More information
BOOK - The Canada Company and the Huron Tract, 1826-1853: Personalities, Profits and Politics. By: Robert C. Lee. The Canada Company was responsible for the opening and settling of over two million acres of land in Upper Canada. The author focuses his attention on the extensive parcel of land on the shores of Lake Huron that became known as the Huron Tract. His comprehensive research explores the underlying forces leading to the formation of the Company, the intriguing mix of people charged with responsibilities for the Company and the overall impact of its operations, leading to its present-day legacy. More information
BOOK - English Immigrant Voices: Labourer's Letters From Upper Canada in the 1830s. By: Wendy Cameron, Sheila Haines and Mary McDougall Maude. Collected from published, archival, and private sources, the letters of the Petworth immigrants place the writers in the context of their times and challenge the image that English immigrants to Upper Canada were onlt officers and gentlewomen. More information
BOOK - Assisting Emigration to Upper Canada: The Petworth Project 1932-1837. By: Wendy Cameron and Mary McDougall Maude. Assisting Emigration to Upper Canada examines the way new attitudes and policies towards the English poor in the 1830s affected the British government's approach to emigration and to new immigrants in British colonies. More information
BOOK - The Art and Mystery of Brewing in Ontario By: Ian Bowering. This book gives back something special to all Ontario beer lovers - a brewing heritage that we can call our own! More information
BOOK - Valley Irish. by Carol Bennett, D. W. McCuaig. The old District of Bathurst (part of the modern counties of Carleton, Lanark and Renfrew). More information
BOOK - Upper Canada Naturalization Records, 1828-1850. by Donald A. McKenzie. The quickest way to find the naturalization date for this period. Pub 1991, OGS.More information
BOOK - Susanna's Quill (Susanna' Moodie). By: Julie Johnston. Susanna's Quill is a work of historical fiction based on the life of Susanna Moodie, writer and pioneer, by award-winning author Julie Johnston. The story takes us into Susanna’s genteel English childhood, through her humorous teenage attempts at writing, growing to her burgeoning independence, marriage to Dunbar Moodie, and their decision to emigrate from England. To the Moodies, Canada was the answer to their prayers. They would have the life they could no longer afford in Britain and they could raise their children to become wealthy landowners in their own right. More information
BOOK - Across the Waters: Ontario Immigrants' Experiences, 1820-1850
By Frances Hoffman and Ryan Taylor
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999, 2005 (CD 2009)
Across the Waters is an assembly of the first-hand written accounts of 150 individual immigrants, skillfully bridged by authors Frances Hoffman and Ryan Taylor, to tell the fascinating story of what it was like to leave a familiar homeland to pioneer in the virgin forests of early Ontario. By allowing the personal writings of the early settlers to guide us through their experiences, we come to better appreciate the process of settlement. By examining the various stages of emigration, such as preparing for the journey, ocean crossings, obtaining and clearing land, building a shelter - then a house, and living in the clearings, we gain a clearer understanding of nineteenth century emigrant experience. ISBN 1-894378-00-8 (Hardcover); ISBN 1-894378-01-6 (Softcover) More information
BOOK - Authentic Letters From Upper Canada [Ontario], Including an account of Canadian Field Sports [1831-1833]
By T W Magrath; Etchings by Samuel Lover; Edited by Rev. Thomas Radcliff
Originally published by Wm. Curry, Jun. and Company, Dublin, 1833
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2007, 2012
This book contains clear accounts of setting up a homestead in the woods, complete with lists of necessary supplies and expenses to be encountered by the new settler. Topics covered in the letters include descriptions of the hardships of crossing the Atlantic, the roughness of the settlement, and other experiences of settling in the "new country". Of interest to everyone who studies early Ontario settlement, are candid descriptions of Upper Canada (Ontario) as the settlers found it in 1831-1833, the people, and its institutions. ISBN: 978-1-897466-04-1 More information
BOOK - Starting Out in Genealogy - Second Edition
By Ruth Burkholder
Building a family tree looks like a daunting taste to the unititiated, however it's easier than you think! Family history research is not complicated as long as you know which records are available, where to find those records, and how to organize the information that you gather. Though this guide is designed for beginners, it will also be of considerable help to those who have already started researching and recording family history, but want to improve their skills and results. ISBN 9781926797441 More Information
BOOK - Canadian Records of Birth, Marriage and Death: A Guide
By Fawne Stratford-Devai
This popular guide provides a province-by-province description of where to access provincial vital records, complete with contact information including postal addresses, telephone numbers (most are toll-free), fax, email addresses and websites. The categories addressed for each province and territory include: Modern Records; Historic Records; Additional Links and Sources. Several helpful maps are included.ISBN 1894571894 More Information
BOOKS - Notices of Births, Marriages, Conversions, Deaths & Obituaries From Methodist Newspapers 1830-1900 [Canada]
Compiled by Donald A. McKenzie
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2005-2013
This series of 12 volumes contains transcriptions of births, marriages, conversions, deaths, and obituaries as they were published in Methodist Newspapers between 1830 and 1900. You can buy individual volumes or save by buying the entire 12 volume set. The alphabetical format [alphabetical by surname] of these volumes will enable you to quickly find any of your ancestors whose vital events were reported in the Canadian Methodist newspapers from 1830 to 1900. Many of the entries are from Ontario and Quebec, however there are a significant number of entries from coast to coast across Canada, including Newfoundland. Of note is that some volumes also contain vital events records for people of faiths other than Methodist. Mr McKenzie's detailed and informative introduction to this work provides the reader with all the information necessary to understand and use the material.
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BOOK - Routes To Routes
By Ryan Taylor
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1997
A wide range of genealogical and research topics assist family historians with their quest to uncover their roots. Included is an essay describing how to effectively use libraries for family history research and how to best utilize the skills and training of professional librarians. The book is an entertaining read, however, before you know it, you will accumulate many sound research ideas from the vast experience of Mr. Taylor. ISBN 0-9682524-0-0 More Information
BOOK - The Scotch-Irish. Two Volumes in One
By Charles A. Hanna. This is the basic sourcebook on the Scotch-Irish in North America, a massive compilation of source records pertaining to the Scots who settled in the north of Ireland and their descendants in North America. The Scotch-Irish left Ulster as a result of neo-mercantilist British economic policy in the region, requirements that they pay 10% of their income to the Anglican Church, ongoing friction with their Catholic Irish neighbors, and greater economic opportunity in the New World. ISBN 1-894378-92-X
BOOK - The Sash Canada Wore - A Historical Geography of The Orange Order in Canada
By Cecil J. Houston and William J. Smith
Originally published by Universtiy of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1980
This edition by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999 [CD 2011]
Significant migration of Protestant Irish to Canada in the early 19th century brought with it the establishment of the Orange Order in Canada. This work explores the role of the Orange Order in the unfolding settlement geography of Canada. Protestant Irish soldiers and emigrants, largely Ulster-born, introduced the organization into New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario within the first decade of the nineteenth century. At its zenith, he movement had a membership of as many as one in three Canadians. ISBN 978-1-894378-31-4 (Hardcover Edition) More Information
BOOK - The First Century of Methodism in Canada, 1775-1883. Two Volumes In One
By J. E. Sanderson
Originally published by William Briggs, 1908 (vol. 1) & 1910 (vol. 2)
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2008 (CD 2011)
Sanderson's fine history of the early years of Methodism in Canada has served as an essential resource for more than a century. Being out of print for over one hundred years, this new edition has been pubished to provide access for today's researchers. This editon is a facsimile reprint of both of the original volumes, bound into a single book.ISBN 978-1-897446-34-8 (Hardcover) More Information
BOOK - Cyclopedia of Methodism In Canada (1765 - 1880)
By Rev. George H. Cornish
Originally published by Methodist Book and Publishing House, Toronto, 1881 This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2001 (CD 2009)
Cyclopedia of Methodism In Canada contains historical, educational and statistical information regarding the Methodist Church and specific Methodist Ministers in Canada, dating from the "Beginning of the Work" (1765) in the several provinces of the Dominion of Canada and extending to the Annual Conferences of 1880. Includes information about all of those who served as ministers and circuit riders, complete with a record of where and when they served. Cornish included listings of circuits held by ministers of the Methodist Church in Canada from 1765 to 1880. Includes: Index of Names of Ministers & Probationers; Index of The Circuits and Missions; Index to Illustrations. This book is an important resource for those interested in theology, social history, history and genealogy in early Canada ISBN 1-894378-16-4 (Hardcover) More Information
BOOK - Getting From Here To There, Identifying the Origins of Immigrants to Canada Revised and Expanded Edition
By: Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2005
One of the more difficult things to do in a family history research project is to identify where your original immigrant ancestor came from. Sometimes we know the country they came from, but not the specific place within that country. In order to find records in the "old-country" it is very helpful to know which town, parish, county etc that the person came from. This book identifies a long list of potential sources in Canada, where you may find that critical piece of information. ISBN 1-897210-80-9 More Information
BOOK - Canadian Family History in the 21st Century, Lessons, Links & ResourcesSecond Edition 2005
By Fawne Stratford-Devai
This newly updated and expanded second edition offers readers valuable lessons, links and recommended resources that will help you keep you family history research project on-track, saving time, effort and expense. The author is a popular genealogical lecturer, educator and author/co-author of more than 50 important genealogical and historical books. ISBN 1-897210-68-X More Information
BOOK - Lovell's 1873 Gazetteer of British North America
By John Lovell and Son, Montreal, 1873
Originally published by John Lovell and Son, Montreal, 1873
This facsimile reprint by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1998 (CD 2010)
This facsimile reprint of The volume contains over six thousand descriptions and historical facts about cities, towns and villages across Canada, as they were known in 1873. Also included is a listing of over fifteen hundred lakes and rivers with their location, size and general information. A table showing the railway and steamboat routes within British North America in 1873, which will assist researchers in understanding the routes that their ancestors may have migrated over. The table lists the distance that each place in British North America is to the nearest railway station or port.ISBN 0-9682524-5-1 (Hardcover) More Information
BOOK - True Stories of New England Captives Carried to Canada During the Old French and Indian Wars
By C. Alice Baker
Originally published by E. A. Hall & Co., Cambridge, 1897
This edition by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2006 (CD 2010)
This thoughtfully written book provides the reader with the gripping history of Indian attacks in Maine; New Hampshire; and Massachusetts. Events leading up to the attacks and the attacks themselves are described in considerable detail with an emphasis on how those engagements affected specific people, especially those who were captured and removed to Canada. ISBN 1-897210-98-1 (Hardcover) More Information
BOOK - The Canadian Almanac of 1862
Originally published by W. C. Chewett & Co. 1862.
Many family historians value a carefully compiled almanac. Almanac's assist genealogists, historians, social historians and geographers locate information and records that affected the inhabitants of the area being researched. ISBN 1-897210-98-1 More Information
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