OnLand for Genealogists

Once we know where our ancestors lived, the next step is to see if we can find the land records such as deeds and even wills. In this presentation, we will be looking at the Ontario Land Property Records Portal, often referred to as OnLand, to help us research where our ancestors lived. We will look at various historical books, try to find a property in an urban area, and even walk through placing an order for an instrument.


Ken McKinlay’s foray into his family tree research started with three simple family stories which he wanted to confirm or refute. He has now been researching his family tree for over 20 years and discoveries are still being made.

He has given talks for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa, several branches of the Ontario Ancestors, the Canadian Genealogical Virtual Research Intensive, and the Ottawa Public Library.


Ken’s talks generally focus on methodologies and providing the skills needed to help solve those brick wall problems.

He has a genealogy related blog at Family Tree Knots ( where he shares the methodologies which he uses in his own research