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Aug
6
Wed
7:30 pm The Toronto History Lecture @ City of Toronto Archives
The Toronto History Lecture @ City of Toronto Archives
Aug 6 @ 7:30 pm
THE WORKERS’ CITY: LIVES OF TORONTO’S WORKING PEOPLE presented by historian Craig Heron is the 2014 Toronto History Lecture. This annual event is organized by the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and co-sponsored[...]
Oct
7
Tue
7:30 pm Inheritance in Ontario: Estate F... @ Oshawa Public Library
Inheritance in Ontario: Estate F... @ Oshawa Public Library
Oct 7 @ 7:30 pm
Monthly meeting of the Ontario Genealogical Society’s Durham Region Branch: Ontario researchers looking for records of inheritance usually stop once they’ve found the estate file. True, it is the richest single source, but the court[...]

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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…

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What are those pictures at the top of the page?

 crocus Crocus blooms, Toronto, Ontario
  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

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