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Mar
31
Tue
4:00 pm Hands-on Early Ontario Land Records @ Archives of Ontario
Hands-on Early Ontario Land Records @ Archives of Ontario
Mar 31 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A THREE-WEEK COURSE ON TUESDAYS: MARCH 31, APRIL 7 AND APRIL 14 An enormous amount of information about the people and families who lived in early Ontario survives in land records. The records of the[...]
Apr
11
Sat
all-day Finding your Upper Canada Ancest... @ North York Central Library Auditorium
Finding your Upper Canada Ancest... @ North York Central Library Auditorium
Apr 11 all-day
A day-long workshop about researching people in pre-Confederation Ontario. Choose from nine lectures covering many aspects of life in Upper Canada, including: I’m Not Related to D. W. Smith – Why Should I Look at[...]

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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?

 White pine with hoar frost Frosty white pine needles, Arthur, 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

All header photos © 2014 Jane E. MacNamara. All rights reserved.