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Call For Presenters: Ontario Ancestors Conference & Family History Show 2020

The following announcement was written by the Board of Ontario Ancestors:

The Board of Ontario Ancestors (OGS) is delighted to announce that the 2020 annual conference will take place on June 5-7 at the Hamilton Convention Centre. The Conference Committee is already hard at work behind the scenes, planning an inspiring event under the banner, “Finding the Past – Moving into the Future.” Ontario Ancestors continues to boast the largest membership of any Canadian family history organization with its conference attracting speakers and attendees from across the globe.

The Program Committee invites proposals for Workshops and Lectures on:

  • How to conduct research in repositories and how technology can help
  • How to use technology to preserve items from the past
  • Finding items from the past while moving into the future: Using eBay, YouTube, blogging, social media, etc.
  • How to use technology to improve your research skills
  • Using DNA in your research
  • How to be a better ancestor for our own descendants
  • How to research First Nations and Métis family history
  • Country specific research such as Canada, United Kingdom and Ireland, Europe, etc.
  • Other topics will be considered that fit the Conference theme

Speakers will receive an honorarium alongside appropriate expenses and complimentary Conference registration. Please submit your proposals by email to the address below. Please include:

  • Your full name
  • Contact details including mailing address, telephone number, email address, and website address (if applicable)
  • Biographical information, including recent speaking credits (no more than 150 words)
  • For each proposal please provide a unique title, a summary of 250 words maximum, identify the intended audience (Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced) and specific A/V requirements. Multiple proposals are encouraged.


To submit proposals or ask questions, please contact the Conference 2020 Program Committee at: For more information about Ontario Ancestors, please visit:

Mormon Genealogy: Finding Record through the Family History Center

One of the organizations which have the greatest influence in genealogy growth is the LDS (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.). Their special reasons for doing research are associated with their ancestor’s proxy baptisms. In fact, they publicly open their staggeringly huge databases through their FamilySearch website, their Salt Lake City’s Central Library, and their Family History Centers.

Anyone can utilize the Family History Centers located in the towns across the country. LDS members contribute a big part on the creation of IGI (International Genealogical Index), which is a main surname index of records in the parish, accessible at the Family History Centers and Mormon website.

The Mormons website is the Although biased on the church members needs, this site provides significant information to trace your ancestors. You may find the website too detailed and big because it serves dedicated researchers, church members, and general public.

FHC (Family History Center) Visits

Every genealogist, if given the chance, would love to visit the well known Family History Library of the Mormons in Salt Lake City. However, this is not always possible. Through the Family History Center (FHC), this conflict was solved.

There are more than 3,400 FHCs opened under the Family History Library. These branches operate in sixty four countries providing over 100 thousand microfilm rolls circulating on the FHCs each month.

These records contain vital, land, census, immigration, church, and probate records. Moreover, other valuable genealogical records are also included. All main cities and numerous smaller communities have FHCs. So, it is very accessible.

Using any FHCs is free. The public is really welcome. Community and church volunteers are ready to answer queries and offer assistance. Generally, the Family History Centers are funded and staffed by local congregations of the church, thus these is typically housed in church buildings. FHCs are satellite libraries containing volumes of resources to aid people in their genealogy research. It includes genealogy records, family histories, genealogy maps and books, and family tree databases.

The majority of FHCs houses large numbers of microfiche, microfilm, and books in its permanent collections, open for viewing anytime. However, most records of interest may not be available sometimes at local FHCs. These records need to be requested on loans by an FHC volunteer to the Family History Library. Borrowing materials entails paying for about 3 to 5 dollars per film.

After the request, these records will normally take 2 to 5 weeks before it arrives at the local FHCs. These records remain at the local FHCs for three weeks for the researcher to view before returning to the Family History Library.

Guidelines on how to request records from the Family History Center

The researcher can renew their loan if more time is needed.

Any requested microfiche records can stay at the local FHC through permanent loans.

Renewal of microfilm rolls twice or paid within three rental periods can remain at the local FHCs as permanent loans.

Permanent loans are arranged from the start by asking the Family History Center volunteer and paying the whole three rental period.

Books from the Family History are not allowed to be loaned by the local FHCs. However, these books can be requested to be microfilmed. Ask the help of the local FHC volunteer.

Ireland Genealogy: Finding the Irish inside You

The Irish are known to be hot blooded and pleasant people. They are also known to be hardworking people and have that distinct tight English accent. The Irish has a very rich culture and history where sometimes it was pleasant and some history have been quite bad for the Irish.

Today, the Irish population in America is considered to be the second largest in the United States. Making up 34 million in the year 2000 United States Census, the only larger self-reported ethnic group is German Americans.

Because of the Protestant persecution of Catholics, many Irish Catholics migrated to the United States. Even before the revolution, the American Irish populations were quite large in the United States. Most Irish served as domestic servants and most Irish American males worked in canal building and civil construction jobs in the Northeast of the United States.

In fact, there are so many Irish Americans in the United States that many people in New York who claimed to have Irish heritage have larger population than Dublin, the capital of Ireland. Most Irish Americans settled in the United States largest cities, namely, New York, Boston, as well as Chicago and San Francisco. You will also find small but tight Irish communities all over the United States. So, if you have Irish blood and is interested about your Irish heritage, you should try and hire a genealogist that specializes in family cultural history, specifically the Irish culture to help you on your quest to find who you really are.

Finding your genealogy is a fun activity for your family. Who knows, maybe you are related to some of the famous Irish American in the United States. With the large numbers of famous Irish Americans, there is a large chance that you may find your Irish culture. In some cases and if you are lucky enough, there may be a chance that you may find your distant relatives still living in Ireland today.

The Irish are proud people and Irish Americans today are taking part of politics in the United States. Most Irish Americans also serve in the military, police, and as firefighters. In fact, John F. Kennedy is one of the most famous Irish Americans.

So, if you have that Irish blood in you and you want to rediscover who you are and where you came from, you can consider getting your genealogy traced. Who knows? You may be related to some of the most prominent Irish Americans living today.

By finding out about your family’s past, you will be able to know how your family lived and struggled during the hard times in the United States. Knowing about your proud history means that you are proud of being Irish. So, if you want to know more about yourself and about your family, try finding that Irish in you through various Irish American genealogy website or through professional genealogists who specializes in Irish American culture.

You will find many fascinating and sometimes amazing facts about your Irish decent that you can be proud of.

German Genealogy: Finding Your German Ancestors

The United States of America is a country with diverse races and is considered to be the melting pot of cultures in the world. In this country, you will find different races and mixed culture. The United States is composed of Native Americans, Americans, British, Irish, Asian, and even German races. You have to consider that there are about 300 million people living in the United States today.

Today, the largest self-reported ethnic group living in the United States is German Americans. In fact, there is an estimated 47 million German Americans according to the year 2000 census of the United States. As you can see, there is a great possibility that you have German blood running through your veins. If you do, and if you are interested with your German ancestry, you can consider retracing it by hiring a genealogist.

You have to consider that a series of world events have made it possible for people to migrate to the United States. The first German Americans migrated to the United States during the years 1680s to 1760s. From there on, the Germans was the largest group of immigrants in the United States of America. Because of the worsening opportunities of owning farm lands in Germany, conscription to the military, and persecution of religious groups, Germans made a choice to migrate to the United States.

Because of the opportunity to own farm lands in the United States, the freedom it offers to practice religion, non-existent military conscription, and better economy, Germans have made the United States of America as the prime country to migrate in.

During the World War II where Adolf Hitler came to power and started persecuting and killing German Jews, many of Germans migrated to the United States of America seeking refuge.

As you can see, series of world events made Germans to migrate to the United States. If you have an Aryan surname or if your grandparents or great-grandparents have Aryan surnames, you can be sure that you have German ancestry. You have to consider that finding out your own ancestry can be quite a task to accomplish. This is why you should try and seek the help of a genealogist who specializes in American German ancestry. Who knows? Maybe you can even trace your ancestry and may find that you are related to some of the worlds famous Germans, such as Oskar Schindler who is known to save thousands or even millions of Jews from Adolf Hitler’s gas chambers. Or, it is also possible that you may even be related to Albert Einstein or the former American President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

There are hundreds more of prominent German Americans who contributed a lot to society. In fact, even Elvis Presley has German blood.

So, if you have German ancestry and you want to know about your family’s history or you want to know your long lost relatives, you can consider hiring a genealogist to trace your German ancestry. With the available technology today, they may even find your distant relatives living in Germany today.

Finding Your Genealogy in Georgia

You have to consider that the family is the most important member of society. Besides, without family, there would be no society and there will only be a bunch of people living in a country. The family determines the future of society and they are also the ones responsible in building morality and character to the future leaders of the world, which are the children.

This is why you should know about your family’s past and honor your ancestors who have made you what you are today. If you live in Georgia all your life, it is possible that your ancestors have lived in this particular state all their lives. You have to consider that Georgia is one of those states that have a proud and long history. Since the founding of the United States, Georgia has been part of wars and was colonized by the Spanish and the British.

There may be a possibility that your family was part of this history. In fact, your family may have English or even Spanish blood since the settlers here were mostly Spanish and British. Even though you may look American, there is a possibility that you have Spanish or English blood running through your veins. There may also be a possibility that you have a Native American blood since Georgia was primarily occupied by Indians before the Spanish came along.

If you want to find out about your family’s genealogy, you can do so by hiring a genealogist that specializes in the history and genealogy of Georgia. They can provide you with different and essential documents, such as birth, death, marriage, and even immigration records. You also have to consider that Georgia is an ally of the Confederacy during the Civil War. This state also became a major theater in the American Civil War where the Confederacy and the Union fought.

As you can see, with all the rich history and mixed culture of Georgia, you definitely may have a different race running through your veins. It can either be African, British, Native American, American, German or even Irish. Through a genealogist, you can be sure that they will be able to retrace your ancestry.

Who knows? Maybe your ancestors have been a major contributor in the American Civil War and one that you can be proud of. You also have to realize the fact that genealogy can take you to relatives that you didnt even know existed. You have to consider that wars have been fought in this state and families were separated. You may have a relative living in a different state or even in different countries. With luck and also with the help of an expert genealogist, you can retrace your ancestry and can make your way up to finding long lost relatives that you didnt even know existed. Besides, maybe you are even related to someone famous living today. The possibilities are endless.

So, if you want to retrace your ancestry, you should consider hiring a genealogist who is an expert in Georgia genealogy and they will be able to find your ancestors as well as find your long lost relatives.

Genealogy Software: Tips on Finding the Right One

Genealogy has become the hobby and the passion of a lot of people from all over the world. They give importance on finding their self identities and self pride by uncovering the legacy of their family. Genealogy research can be more fun and enjoyable andiIt can bring your entire present family member together to create a project in which everybody can contribute. Regardless of your reasons, genealogy software is still your best tool for researching your past.

Genealogy research can include numerous tools that are easy to utilize. It helps in discovering and organizing your research. One typical example is the organizational tools. It can connect people according to relationships, combine people in the family trees, locate entries in duplicates, and help in recognizing problems. Genealogy software can be used for individual or entire family research.

Genealogy software can give you comprehensive charts and reports for organizing your research as well as for viewing the development of your genealogy research. To find the right genealogy software, you need to read genealogy articles, stories, and complete reviews. You will invest your money, so make sure that it’s worth it.

It does not matter if you are a professional genealogy researcher or a weekend genealogist as long as you choose the best genealogy software program. This can make a big difference in the course of your research. You will be more satisfied with the information you are getting. Recording, reviewing, and accessing information is easy and fun. Make sure that you know important criteria that you need to rate.

-Easy to use. Genealogy software must be user friendly to meet the needs of both beginners and expert computer users. The programs are easy to explore and well organized.

-Easy to setup and install. The genealogy software has simple and straightforward instruction for computer installations and setting up. As much as possible there is no confusing steps or errors.

-Featured set. Genealogy software is equipped with all necessary features for organizing and researching the family tree which include charts, reports, web access, searching capabilities, and other useful ways of storing data.

Various charts and reports include:

Ancestor charts. It contains the direct line of the person’s ancestors. In this manner, he or she can see the exact length of the line from way back then.

Narrative reports of the ancestors. These reports are written in a story form similar with books beginning from a specific individual and then followed by his or her lineage. Sharing this research to your friends and family members can be fun.

Family charts. This shows the whole families which include the wife, husband, and children.

-Provides help and documentation. The developer of genealogy software must provide help in various forms. It can include FAQs, phone support and email, product tutorial, and online course. This is very useful for helping anyone to learn the programs and use it. They can also access consumer support conveniently.

Using the latest breakthrough in technology is a one great technique to find your family history in a faster and more convenient way. Try it for a new research experience.

Steps on Finding Free Genealogy Information

Information is very important when researching for your genealogy. There are lots of resources wherein you can take all the benefits for free. But without any guidelines you cannot create a clear research path. There are four simple steps in finding genealogy information.

1.Collect useful information from recognized relatives. This is the basic rule for genealogy research. Keep a healthy skepticism when you are finding for records. There are instances that published records may achieve a legitimacy or unrealistic status. Never also assume that published information on the internet is correct. You need to verify it.

2.Communicate with someone who knows the history of your family through the internet. Genealogy research requires study and is time consuming. But you can utilize the power of the internet, besides it is fast and easy. You need to learn using emails, message boards, and email lists to open up communication with other researchers and relatives. Thus, significant online resources (census and statistics) are identified.

Remember that web pages are powerful because it has the ability to connect you to other web site links. Make sure that the websites have affiliate programs. These programs are paid so that they could link them to other useful sites. Typically, some websites are offering free access and free trial subscriptions.

Another website type that you can use is the one which provides family or surname search capability. This automatically generates links to other well known genealogy sites.

3.Do your research using free online databases. Genealogy website has two major types. First are internet websites which describe the methods of research as well as provide detailed sources on microfilms and papers. Second are internet websites which focus on searchable genealogy databases and online tools.

But problems may be encountered, small websites maybe not only your problem, but also major websites. Conflicts such as verifications of official records are not done. You may not be well acquainted of using the internet, and slow computer access can also be a problem. Just be patient.

4.Search for absurd records. You cannot trace your family history if the information you are getting is not clear. Start with record indexes. You need to study the descriptions listed on the records. The time and place of the census is very important.

If you are using the internet technology, you see the real images on the transcribed information. Oftentimes the images on the original record are manually transcribed by people. By reading the original document, once can transfer the information on the internet. Take for example the names of people. They are clearly written on the internet but also provide the original view of the document. In this way, you don’t have any difficulty in understanding hand writings that sometimes are not easily readable.

You don’t need to worry because the sources are made easy for you using even the latest technology. If you know what to do and how to do it, then your chances of a successful research is increased. One last reminder, never give up even if it gets difficult, what you have started can be just all wasted. But for sure, you don’t want any regrets.

Family Genealogy: Finding Out About Your Family’s Past

There are over 6.5 billion people living on earth today. As you can see, there are quite a lot of people living on earth today and everyday, thousands more are being born and starting a family. In any kind of society, the family is the most important part of it. You have to consider that the family is what makes up the society and you have to realize the fact that as a person, you have to know that it is important that you should respect your family. Besides, without your family, you wouldnt even be here.

However, you also need to consider that because of time, a lot of families went their separate ways and as more time passes, both family groups dont even know that they have distant relatives living today. More and more realizes that they need to get in touch with their distant relatives and know about their family’s past. Some people say that it is a way to find your identity, some do it for fun and some people say that it is a great activity of self discovery for the whole family to enjoy.

This kind of research is called genealogy. By finding out about your genealogy, you will be surprised that you are related to people you dont even know or people who are Hollywood superstars. For example, you wouldnt believe it but President George W. Bush and his political rival democrat John Kerry are actually very distant cousins as well as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. It’s quite a surprise finding out that George W. Bush and John Kerry are relatives owing to the fact that they are political rivals.

There are even people who were surprised to find that they have Hispanic blood running through their veins even when they are actually African Americans. Some Hispanic Americans even discovered that they are even related to American Indians. First of all, the United States is composed of different people and different races. Because of this, you can expect to find some Native American blood or European blood in your family.

Although finding out about your family’s genealogy can be difficult, you have to consider that it is also a fun activity for the whole family. You can share information about your family’s genealogy and you can also find share documents that are vital to find your family’s ancestors, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, and immigration documents.

So, why not start rediscovering your family’s past by rummaging through your family’s documents or research about it in the public library? Although you may encounter some dead ends, you can be sure that once you find out about your ancestry, everyone will have a pleasant surprise that you are related to someone famous in the past, whether they contributed some good to society or whether they were once outlaws in the Wild West.

You can be sure that finding your family’s genealogy will be full of surprises. Who knows, maybe you are even related to a famous political figure or a famous icon in modern society.

Automated Genealogy: Finding Your Ancestry in Canada

If you want to find out about your relatives who lived in Canada in the years 1901 or 1911 the Automated Genealogy website is for you. This particular website contains comprehensive information about people who lived in Canada during the years 1901 and 1911.

A lot of people who have Canadian ancestry are curious about their family’s past. If you are one of these people then the Automated Genealogy website is for you. In this website you will find your Canadian ancestors who migrated, born and lived in Canada in the years 1901 and 1911. However you have to consider that this website is made by volunteer who are working very hard to complete the 1901 and 1911 census and put it in their database. In the 1901 census alone, there are over 5.6 million lines. As you can see, it can take quite a while to complete the entire database and put it in the website.

The genealogists working with the Automated Genealogy website works very hard to find all the documents about the people who lived in Canada in 1901 and 1911. You should consider the fact that a lot of people migrated during these two years and if you think that your ancestors lived in Canada during these years and want to find out more about the lineage of your family, then you should consider using this website. It’s free and they made links to original documents for viewing. The interface is also easy to use for your convenience.

Some people even testified that they found out about their great grandmother’s sister and her spouse after only a few seconds upon arriving in the website and searching. Here you will find marriage, death, migration and even birth documents that is both easy to find and also easy to read.

The volunteers here are also developing other census, such as the 1906 census of Canada, 1872 Kings County census and even the Canadian soldiers of World War I. They made the site easy to understand that even people who knows only a little about genealogy can understand how to search for their Canadian ancestors. You should consider that this website is relatively new and the researchers and genealogists along with the website developers involved are still improving the website and completing their data gathering efforts to provide quality services for their visitors.

So, if you are interested in knowing about your Canadian past, or if you think you have ancestors living in Canada and want to know more about your long lost extended family, you should consider exploring the Automated Genealogy website. If you are successful with your search, you may even organize a family reunion where every member of your family can exchange stories about your long lost relatives and know more about what’s become of your family.

Indeed, finding out about your family can be fun. With the Automated Genealogy, you can be sure that you will find your ancestors who lived in Canada in 1901 and 1911.

Finding Your Roots: African American Genealogy

It’s always fun finding out who you really are and the internet is one of the best tools available to do this. Although you may consider that you already know about yourself, the internet can be a very useful tool to let you find out a little bit of history about your family. You have to consider that it’s a great thing to know about your family’s past and know about relatives you didnt even know existed.

The internet has numerous genealogy websites that you can use to find out about your family, who you were related with, and what kind of person you are. Some people use these websites for many reasons. Some say to find out about themselves and some even find out about their family just for fun. Whatever your reasons are, you have to consider that finding out about where you came from can be quite a thrilling experience. Just imagine, you may be related to Martin Luther King Jr. and you and your family doesn’t even know about it. Or, it can also be quite a surprise if you find out that you are a distant cousin of a famous African American superstar athlete, such as Kobe Bryant or Tiger Woods.

You have to consider that traces of your family ancestry can be lost in time. There are a lot of reasons why a family’s history die out. Some were affected by quarrels inside the family circle and others were affected by historical events that separated them from other members of the family. This is why some people retrace their ancestry in order to find out what happened to their long lost relatives.

Although the internet doesnt contain all the necessary information about your family and the essential records, you have to consider that it is a useful tool to use in order to point you to the right direction. This will save you a lot of time finding those different vital records, such as marriage, death, and birth records.

African Americans have played a vital role in the United States of America’s history. They suffered from slavery, years of war and some migrated from Africa. If you are an African American and you wish to know more about your family’s history, you should try and find it on the internet. It will point you to where you should find the essential documents and guide you in obtaining seemingly unobtainable documents.

Although it is a fact that the path to your family’s history may seem like a rough path, you have to consider that knowing about your past will give you that sense of pride on knowing about your proud family history.

As you can see, it is always fun to know about your family’s ancestry. It will not only give you detailed reports on what happened to all your lost relatives all these years but it will also tell you who they are and what they achieved in life. Who knows, maybe you are a distant relative of a world famous African American.