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Article posted: June 12, 2000

Genealogical publishing in Ontario is booming
By: Ryan Taylor, Biography and Archived Articles

Genealogical publishing in Ontario is booming. Here are a few new books I found at the Ontario Genealogical Society conference in Ottawa recently:

Military records are becoming more accessible, largely because of the National Archives of Canada website. The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa has published An Index to Canadian Service Records of the South African War (1899-1902) held at the National Archives of Canada. This conflict is more usually known as the Boer War. The index provides name, army number and regiment, and the page and reel number on the relevant microfilm. There are instructions for requesting the files from the NAC. Copies of the book are inexpensive and are available from the Society or from

The provincial Ontario Genealogical Society has a longstanding project to list all 19th century churches in Ontario, with information about their history and records. The various branches are in charge of accumulating the information for their area. It is a huge task, and progress has been very slow.

Nipissing District branch, based in North Bay, has recently published three volumes for its sparsely populated area. All were produced under the direction of Donald Carney and cover Nipissing District, Muskoka District and Parry Sound District. Each church has one page, with a computerized form giving a brief history and information about records, if they are available. Many seem to have left no records, or the branch does not know where they are. They have also published a new listing of the cemeteries in these three districts. Prices for these volumes were not available to me, but more information can be had from the branch at Box 93, North Bay P1B 8G8.

Waterloo-Wellington branch has published volumes on early churches in both counties. Waterloo County Churches, by Rosemary Willard Ambrose (published 1993) is priced at $20. Wellington County and City of Guelph, Ontario,Canada, Places of Worship Records Inventory (before 1900), by George Frederick Moore (publised 1999) costs $17. More information can be found at the branch office in the Kitchener Public Library, 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener N2H 2H1.

Winfield Publishing, a small outfit in Toronto, continues its series of early marriage indexes. Its newest volume is for Carleton County, including Ottawa, 1869-1873. For a complete listing of these and other Winfield publications, see: RMB Services has begun an ambitious program of indexing the Wesleyan Methodist baptisms in York County and Toronto. The first York County volumes were published two years ago and now there is the first Toronto volume. This includes Etobicoke, Toronto, Scarborough, Weston, York township and Yorkville. It is hard to believe that Yorkville was once a separate place from Toronto! .Click here for a complete list of RMB publications.

One of the happiest announcements is the publication of the Kent County volume in the County Marriage Registers of Ontario, Canada, 1858-1869 series. This series has been more than twenty years in production and volume 36, for Kent, completes it.

It was begun by Bill Britnell and for many years has been compiled and edited by Elizabeth Hancocks of Generation Press. Both deserve our gratitude for making these vital records available. The early volumes are an index only, but the later volumes include most of the information available in the central ledgers, which are kept at the Archives of Ontario. The complete list of Generation Press' marriage registers is on the website and all volumes are in stock at the Global Genealogy Bookstore in Milton, Ontario

Books By Ryan Taylor

Across The Waters, Ontario Immigrants Experiences 1820 - 1850 - by Frances Hoffman & Ryan Taylor, 1999. Riveting first-hand accounts of the immigration and settlement experience, taken from the diaries and letters of 150 immigrants.

Routes To Roots, The Best of Ryan Taylor's columns from the Kitchener Waterloo Record, by Ryan Taylor 1997

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