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7:00 pm Beyond the Estate File @ Uxbridge Historical Centre
Beyond the Estate File @ Uxbridge Historical Centre
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm
MONTHLY MEETING OF THE UXBRIDGE GENEALOGY GROUP SPEAKER: Jane E. MacNamara Ontario researchers looking for wills and records of inheritance usually stop once they’ve found the estate file. True, it is the richest single source,[...]
7:30 pm Archives of Ontario: What’s in i... @ Richmond Hill Public Library
Archives of Ontario: What’s in i... @ Richmond Hill Public Library
Nov 11 @ 7:30 pm
MONTHLY MEETING OF YORK REGION BRANCH, ONTARIO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY Archives of Ontario: What’s in it for me? SPEAKER: Jane E. MacNamara The Archives of Ontario is a rich source for family history. You can find[...]

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Me and my blog

My name is Jane MacNamara and I’m intrigued by history, particularly family and local history.

I enjoy the hunt. No detail is too insignificant to consume hours of search time. The more obscure the record the better. Indexes, pshaw! (Actually, I really like a good index.)

And if I can find a story that no one else has put together, well, there’s not much better.

A close second, though, is the look on someone’s face when they begin to understand the records and research process—and truly enjoy the search. I love to teach.

This blog is about my search, how what I learn along the way can help with your research, and who knows where the story takes me…

Contacting me:

To comment on something I’ve written on this site, please use the form at the end of each article. That way, your comment is linked to the article.

To contact me about speaking engagements, writing or research, use this link to send an email.

What are those pictures at the top of the page?

 crocus Crocuses bursting through the past season’s still fragrant lavender, Toronto
  Chicory flower, Don Valley Brick Works, Toronto
  Trees on the rim of the Don Valley Brick Works, Toronto
  Cider apples (and authentic Kentish ladybug), Brogdale Farm, Kent, England
  Window in flint wall, Godmersham church, Kent, England
  Doynton church, Gloucestershire, England
  Detail of Old City Hall, Toronto
  Cobnut tree, Brogdale Farm, Kent, England

All header photos © 2015 Jane E. MacNamara. All rights reserved.