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Updated 03 October 2006


Ryan Taylor
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Ryan Taylor c2002 Ryan Taylor (1950-2006) was born and raised in Oshawa, Ontario. Ryan attended university in Ottawa at both Carleton University and at the University of Ottawa. He began his career as a librarian in 1972 in a small town in Manitoba. He later worked in libraries in Ontario. Ryan often spoke fondly of his days at the Kitchener-Waterloo Library. From 1994 until his passing in 2006, Ryan worked as a genealogy refererence librarian at the Allen County Public Library, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Allen County Public Library holds one of the largest genealogical book and periodical collections in the world.

Ryan produced a long list of published works, including books, articles in newspapers, a weekly column in the Kitchener newspaper The Record (Tracing Your Roots), many articles in the online magazine The Global Gazette, magazines and genealogical and historical journals. He also did a great deal of radio and television work on genealogical topics including "Bookmark" on CFCA FM in Kitchener for nine years, co-hosted "Branching Out", a phone-in TV show in Fort Wayne for 2 years and was a regular panelist on the History Channel TV series "Ancestors in The Attic" for the 2006-2007 season (taped mid-2006).

Ryan was a popular lecturer at national and regional genealogical conferences across Canada and the USA.



Global Gazette Articles by Ryan Taylor
  • Ryan's Genealogical Notebook. A mixture of genealogical community news and resources.
  • "I am not knowing what is the truth.". There are so many versions of stories, especially those recounted to us by family members, that it can be difficult to determine what actually happened. What do we do?
  • A Useful Genealogy Workshop, Kent County Ontario. News of the acquisition of the Hawke papers by the Archives of Ontario last year (2001) interested many genealogists. We all want to know more about them.
  • Setting Up A Family History Website. Have you considered setting up a website with your family history on it? The purpose of these websites is to share information with others who are interested in the same family.
  • Remembering Christmas Traditions. As Christmas approaches, we often cast a nostalgic eye back to our childhoods. I find myself hearing about how this friend learned the truth about Santa Claus, or which festive cookie was the favourite of another.
  • There Is A Problem With French Genealogy!. Even in French, it is difficult to find a handbook for doing family history in France. The usual lists of addresses, guides to archives and hints for finding wills are simply not there.
  • Family History Sparks Memories. I published a family history recently. I knew perfectly well what would happen. Before the ink was even dry, some new stories would appeared.
  • Music & Heritage of Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The Isle of Lewis, off the west coast of Scotland, is one of the harshest parts of Britain.
  • Ryan's Genealogy Notebook. A mixture of genealogical community news and resources.
  • Canadian Provincial Archives' Web Sites . So what did I see in the websites?
  • 'I Enjoyed All The Memories'. When I lecture on genealogy, I often warn my students that there will be unexpected facts which turn up. Every family has at least one man who ran off with a red headed woman.
  • 'I Enjoyed All The Memories'. When I lecture on genealogy, I often warn my students that there will be unexpected facts which turn up. Every family has at least one man who ran off with a red headed woman.
  • Transferring Old Photos To Cloth. We are always looking for new ways to use old photographs. Now that we know their value, we want to show them off.
  • From The Highland Clearances To Canada. Every year brings news of a people whose homeland has been taken from them. They flee to a neighbouring place, and some make their way to Canada, where they are welcomed.
  • MARTIN & MARTI, Switzerland to Pennsylvania to Canada. The Martins are a large family in Waterloo County, Ontario. When I came across a genealogy of some early Martins that seemed to be connected to them, I was interested.
  • New Archives In Grey County, Ontario. Grey County Ontario recently opened a new archives.
  • Finding Canadian Lumbermen Ancestors. The first things the Canadian pioneer had to do was chop down trees. Throughout the nineteenth century there was always a need for lumbermen.
  • Tracing Your 'Uterine' Lines. I have noticed one idea which has sprung up in several places at once. It is called uterine or matrilineal genealogy.
  • New Canadian Digital Collections. It seems that new online digital collections are appearing daily!
  • Unexpected Family Traditions. Sometimes family traditions spring up in an unexpected way. You might not even recognize them as traditional.
  • Visiting The Ancestral Home. On my recent trip to England, I came face-to-face with some 16th century ancestors. Or so it seemed.
  • Genealogical publishing in Ontario is booming. Here are a few new books I found at the Ontario Genealogical Society conference in Ottawa recently
  • Who are genealogy conferences for?. I was asked recently if only experienced researchers should attend them, or if beginners would also benefit.
  • Ryan's Heritage Notebook.... A mixture of genealogical community news and resources.
  • Evolution of surnames. George Taylor of Guelph, whose private genealogical newsletter is a privilege to see, had an interesting story about name spelling.
  • Historical County Atlases of Ontario, Canada; Evolution of surnames. The great series of historical atlases of Ontario counties, first published in the 1870s, has always been a fine resource for genealogists.
  • Memories From The Past Century. The recent list of significant contributors to Waterloo County (Ontario) life in the past century published in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record was a pleasure to see. Familiar names, and in some cases, familiar voices and personalities.
  • Medical Information In Family Histories. The idea of including medical information in family histories is a recent one.
  • Finding Ancestors In Early Cemeteries. This article proves once again that having a second look at some sources can be a good thing.
  • Prairie Province Resources (Canada). We have been asked to include more material on western Canada, and this column will start that process by providing an overview of general books on doing genealogy in the Prairie Provinces.
  • School Records An Often Ignored Resource. An interesting and unusual book came across my desk last week. It set me thinking about the contribution that school records can make in family history.
  • Peter Robinson's Settlers. We all know about the big Irish potato famine in the 1840s, which caused many thousands of people to immigrate to North America. What many people do not realize is that the Irish economy was a shambles more than twenty years earlier
  • Passenger Lists 1865 - 1919. The hot news in Canadian genealogical circles is about passenger lists.
  • Unknown Language in Genealogy. A common problem for genealogists is encountering words we do not understand.
  • Archives of Ontario Interlibrary Loan Program. Have you looked at the Archives of Ontario website lately? Every time I see it, I seem to find something new.
  • Don't Underestimate Census Records. A recent stint on the reference desk of our library reminded me that many people simply do not want to look at the census.
  • Invisible Women. Is the work of pioneer farm women invisible?
  • 1881 British Census on CD-ROM. The Latter-day Saints Church has issued the 1881 British census on CD-ROM. Instead of having to search through piles of microfilm, you can now use your computer to do the searches quickly and easily.
  • Sometimes Treasures Turn Up Unexpectedly. When Elizabeth Hope of Roseville, Ontario died a few weeks ago, her executors found that her historical collections were much larger than they thought.
  • Review: Family Tree Maker Version 6.0. Family Tree Maker, the most popular of the commercial genealogical softwares, has come out with a new edition.
  • Surviving 1851 Census Returns of Ireland on CD . The Irish Research Group of Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society took it upon themselves to put together as much of the surviving 1851 census of Ireland as they could.
  • Before There Were Funeral Homes, There Were Furniture Stores. Back in the days when funerals were held at home, the only outside help which a family needed was in supplying the coffin. Since it was made of wood, it was bought at the store that also sold wooden furniture.
  • World War I Resources. Some time ago I wrote about a query from Karen Russell of Peterborough, who wanted to know how to find out more about the circumstances of her great-uncle's death in World War I.
  • Pre-1850 Canadian Immigrant Lists. The pre-1850 passenger and immigrant lists at the National Archives of Canada can now be accessed free of charge.
  • Tenants No More: Voices from an Irish Townland 1811-1901. One of the great pleasures of reading original emigrants' documents—letters and diaries—is that you can hear their voices telling you the stories. It is the most intimate way to experience history.
  • LDS Family History Library WebSite. Rumours are flying about the possibility that the Family History Library in Salt Lake City might be starting a website. It's true.
  • World War II Historical Resources. Helpful resources for writing family history if you have World War II veterans in the family are the many books detailing military activity during the war. There are accounts of individual regiments or units, or if you are lucky, personal narratives by people who served in the same area as your relatives.
  • Some New Ontario Bits and Bytes. A mixture of genealogical community news and resources.
  • Three New Resources & Some Good Advice. Here's potpourri, three new resources and some good advice.
  • Searching For a Female Ancestor. One of the interesting developments in family history is a sidelight grown from the joint prominence of genealogy and feminism. This is the emphasis on finding out about women ancestors.
  • Are you Whimsical?. Sir Anthony Wagner once said that the idea of tracing all one’s various family lines was ‘whimsical.’ According to him, the only really useful study was your one male line in the name that you bore.
  • Visiting Ghosts in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk (UK). Great Yarmouth in Norfolk is an unusual town. It was built on a spit of sand which sticks out into the North Sea.
  • Genealogy Trip To Sweden. I was in Sweden recently for a genealogical event and another one led out of it.
  • Every Family Has A Few Skeletons. In every family, there are illegitimate babies, hasty marriages and men who run off to Alberta with red-headed women. I had even told myself that, when it came to genealogy, I was unshockable. I was wrong.
  • Genealogy Online For Dummies - Review/Interview. Many genealogists feel pressured to use the internet when they are not familiar with the terms used or the machinery itself.
  • Commonwealth War Graves - Update. New information - address...
  • Keep Family Trees Out Of School?. ‘Keep family trees out of school’ said a recent newspaper headline. It was on a column by Ann Landers who has been offering commonsense advice for more than forty years. This time, her sense deserted her.
  • World War One Unit Diaries. War diaries were kept by all units in the field. You can read the unit's actual diaries from the battles they fought or their times off the line in England or France.
  • Calendars & Genealogy. A genealogist I know recently received a photocopied document from Alsace. Her ancestor was born on the eighth day of the third decade of Brumaire, year ten. Naturally, she wanted to convert this to our modern Gregorian calendar. Where could she turn?
  • Confused By Changing Political Boundries?. Two recent e-mails asked questions about places which do not exist. This is a common genealogical problem.
  • Methodist Church Records In Ontario. The largest religious group in Canada today is the United Church. It began as a group of smaller churches in the nineteenth century, principally the various Methodists.
  • Do You Have Photographs You Can't Identify?. I suppose we all do. One help in starting to use these pictures is knowledge about the photographer.
  • Masters & Doctoral Theses As Sources. Masters and doctoral theses are a useful source of historical (and often genealogical) information which many researchers ignore. They can be very informative and the information in them has been carefully examined for correctness.
  • Profiting From Interlibrary Loan. If you have heard of a book but your local library doesn't have it, what do you do? The obvious answer is to get it on interlibrary loan. Here's how.
  • Catholic Marriages in Upper Canada (Ontario). Renie Rumpel of Waterloo told me once that she would never run out of things to index. The Archives of Ontario is full of documents waiting for someone turn on their laptop and start transcribing.
  • Making The Genealogical Leap Over The Atlantic. Charles Roth of Waterloo, Ontario has written asking several general questions about taking the genealogical leap over the Atlantic. Ryan responds...
  • The Loiselle Index - Marriages in Quebec. If you are looking for a marriage in Quebec, but are not sure when it took place, you may still be in luck.
  • THE PERSI - The Periodical Source Index. PERSI stands for Periodical Source Index. It is produced at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where I work. Indexers have extracted all the current genealogical and historical journals received at our library, and also gone back in a retrospective indexing of materials as far distant as 1845.
  • St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Kitchener ( Ontario ). Records of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Kitchener are now available at the public library.
  • New Brunswick Newspapers. When I am asked a question about New Brunswick genealogy, one of the first things I think of is newspapers. For most places, research in newspapers is difficult and long, but if your ancestors lived in New Brunswick, you may be in luck.
  • Saskatchewan Residents Index . Imagine an index that lists everyone who ever lived in a particular place. One glance and you could tell if your family member was there. The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society has set out to do this for its province.
  • Medical Records at the Archives of Ontario. Medical records can provide an interesting glimpse into our relations' lives. They can also prove - or discredit - family legends.

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