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Updated 11 January 2011
Fawne Stratford-Devai is one of the panel of three genealogical sleuths who work together to unravel family mysteries on the popular History Television series ANCESTORS IN THE ATTIC.
Biography & Links to Published Work
Fawne's passion for archival research began in 1987 as a university student she became caught up in trying to understand the internment of German Canadian citizens during World War II. Her love of history easily transferred to a curiosity about her own family history and before long she was hooked on discovering her English and Irish roots.
Fawne's work on land records and early Ontario records is well known. A published author on such books as The Men of Upper Canada and The District Marriage Records of Upper Canada/Canada West, she has also published a number of helpful research guides through Global Heritage Press and contributed articles to the online family history newsletter "The Global Gazette."
Fawne's dedication to the access and preservation of our heritage records has been clearly demonstrated with her role in preserving Ontario's land registry office records. Together with Ruth and Howard Burkholder, Fawne and her husband Andrew traveled the province to rally hundreds of volunteers in the cause to identify and find homes for Ontario's important land registry office records.
A graduate of sociology at McMaster University, Fawne spent many years in health policy and epidemiological research at McMaster before joining the Ontario government.
Fawne's lectures on genealogical and historical topics, particularly Ontario records, are always entertaining and educational.
Books authored/co-authored by Fawne Stratford-Devai
Articles authored/co-authored by Fawne Stratford-Devai
- More Helpful Websites for Genealogy And History Researchers [by date article posted]
- APOLROD - Association for the Preservation of Ontario Land Registry Office Documents
- APOLROD - Types of records in Ontario Land Registry Offices
- APOLROD - Ontario Land Registry Offices Listed by county/region
- APOLROD - Where have the Ontario Land Records Gone?
- Canadian Roots - District Marriage Records (Ontario)- What are they and why are they important?
- Canadian Roots - County Marriage Registers of Ontario, 1858-1869 - What are they and why are they important?
- Canadian Roots - Birth, Marriage and Death Records - Introduction
- Alberta Birth, Marriage and Death Records
- British Columbia Birth, Marriage and Death Records
- Manitoba Birth, Marriage and Death Records
- New Brunswick Birth, Marriage and Death Records
- Newfoundland Birth, Marriage and Death Records
- North West Territories Birth, Marriage and Death Records
- Nova Scotia Birth, Marriage and Death Records
- Nunavut Birth, Marriage and Death Records
- Ontario Birth, Marriage and Death Records
- Prince Edward Island Birth, Marriage and Death Records
- Quebec Birth, Marriage and Death Records
- Saskatchewan Birth, Marriage and Death Records
- Yukon Birth, Marriage and Death Records
- Canadian Roots - Locating Vital Records in Ontario, Introduction
- Save Our Stories while Tending Your Garden.
- English & Welsh Roots - Getting Started
- English & Welsh Roots - Getting From Here to There
- English & Welsh Roots - Family History Centres of the Church of Latter-day Saints
- English & Welsh Roots - Government Records of Births, Marriages & Deaths:Civil Registration in England and Wales - Part I
- English & Welsh Roots - Government Records of Births, Marriages & Deaths:Civil Registration in England and Wales - Part II
- English & Welsh Roots - Parish Records in England and Wales
- English & Welsh Roots - Census Records 1841-1891 - Part I
- English & Welsh Roots - Census Records 1841-1891 - Part II
- English & Welsh Roots - Summary of English & Welsh Resources
- English & Welsh Roots - The 1881 British Census on CD , Problems and Solutions
- English & Welsh Roots - English & Welsh Databases and Indexes
- English & Welsh Roots - The LDS FamilySearch© Website: Using The Batch Numbers
- English & Welsh Roots - A Comedy of Errors Continued...The Marriage Records of England and Wales
- English & Welsh Roots - A Comedy of Errors Continued...The LDS FamilySearch Website: From Batch Numbers to Original Records
- English & Welsh Roots - Do You Remember? English and Welsh Roots & Remembrance Day
- English & Welsh Roots - British Military Records Part 1: The Army
- English & Welsh Roots - British Military Records Part 2: The Royal Navy
- English & Welsh Roots - Welsh Resources
- English & Welsh Roots - Maritime Records & Resources, Part I
- English & Welsh Roots - Maritime Records & Resources, Part II
- English & Welsh Roots - Online Resources at the Archives of Canada
- English & Welsh Roots - News, Notes and Links
- English & Welsh Roots - Wills and Probate Records After 1858
- English & Welsh Roots - Finding English & Welsh Immigrants in
20th Century Canadian Resources
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Father of the Canadian Crown Exiled from the court of his father, and accompanied by his long-time mistress Julie de St. Laurent, the 24-year-old Prince and future father of Queen Victoria arrived in Quebec City in 1791....
Edwardsburgh Family HistoriesIncludes family histories of more than 70 families in Edwardsburgh Township and...
[Grenville County, Ontario]
Abbey pH Testing Pen A fast, easy, inexpensive and dependable way to determine the acidity of paper, documents, storage boxes, packing tissue and....
Prisons, Asylums, and the Public: sheds new light on popular nineteenth-century attitudes towards the insane and the criminal......
Institutional Visiting in the Nineteenth Century
Household Counts: This collection not only makes an important contribution to family history, but also to the widening intellectual exploration of historical censuses......
Canadian Households and Families in 1901
The Trail of the Black WalnutStarting soon after the outbreak of the American Revolution numerous Pennsylvania-German families and so-called "Plain Folk" (i.e. Mennonnites, Dunkards, Moravians, Amish, Hutterites, etc) migrated north to Canada in successive waves. Together, in cultural and religious and kinship groups they settled.....
Catherine Tekakwitha: Her LifeThe story is told by an eye-witness -- her spiritual director -- of the events in her life from the time she arrived at the Jesuit mission just outside of Montreal, known at that time as.......
"Lily of the Mohawks"
How Our Ancestors Died, In addition to describing causes of death and setting them in the context of the times, his book shows readers how to find and interpret patient records, death certificates and other documents in order to gain an accurate impression of how their ancestors died......
A Guide For Family & Local Historians
[United Kingdom & elswhere]
Dictionary of Glengarry BiographyBACK IN PRINT: A comprehensive history of Glengarry county told through the lives of pioneers, fur traders, soldiers, farmers, railway barons, politicians, criminals, anybody and everyone who helped make Glengarry one of Canada's most storied and celebrated counties. This thick book includes 1600 biographical sketches, with more than...
[Glengarry County, Ontario]