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Feb
1
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-on Early Ontario Land Records
Hands-on Early Ontario Land Records
Feb 1 @ 4:00 pm – Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm
A THREE-WEEK COURSE ON THURSDAYS: FEBRUARY 1, 8 AND 15. An enormous amount of information about the people and families who lived in early Ontario survives in land records. The records of the Crown Lands[...]
Apr
22
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2:00 pm Think like a genealogist.
Think like a genealogist.
Apr 22 @ 2:00 pm
Think like a genealogist: Creative research techniques to help you follow the right ancestral trail MONTHLY MEETING OF HALTON-PEEL BRANCH, OGS Family history research is all about following clues and creativity—imagining what records might exist[...]
May
17
Thu
7:00 pm The Search for Alban Leaf
The Search for Alban Leaf
May 17 @ 7:00 pm
The Search for Alban Leaf @ Uxbridge Public Library | Uxbridge | Ontario | Canada
MEETING OF UXBRIDGE GENEALOGY GROUP This presentation demonstrates the use of many English record types—in a period well before census and civil registration. The search for the subject of this case history, Londoner Alban Leaf[...]
Jun
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10:30 am Archives of Ontario: What’s in i...
Archives of Ontario: What’s in i...
Jun 3 @ 10:30 am
Archives of Ontario: What's in it for me? @ Rozanski Hall, University of Guelph | Guelph | Ontario | Canada
A LECTURE AT ONTARIO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY CONFERENCE 2018 Archives of Ontario: What’s in it for me? The Archives of Ontario is a rich source for family history. You can find records of birth, marriage, death,[...]
2:30 pm Bristol to Toronto: A Teenage Life
Bristol to Toronto: A Teenage Life
Jun 3 @ 2:30 pm
A LECTURE AT ONTARIO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY CONFERENCE 2018 From Bristol to Toronto: Documenting a Teenage Life This case history explores the sources available for tracking an intrepid young immigrant to Toronto through his adolescence and[...]
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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.