Category: Resources and Research

Genealogy Research Library Opens

Under Stage 3 of the provincial “COVID-19 Reopening Plan”, the Quinte West Public Library is now fully open. Some protocols are still in place, such as providing names and phone numbers at the door, disinfecting, wearing masks, socially distancing and room occupancy limits, which for the Genealogy Research Library is 3 people at one time.

Online Family Trees – BUYER BEWARE

An astute and concerned member of the Quinte Branch, Mary Culloden, pointed out a pitfall in researching approach that can easily lead new family history researchers astray. That trap is the ease with which many online sites provide a simple way to grow one’s new family tree by simply “adding details from existing online trees”

FIND-IT: Research Finding Aid

The shelves of the Quinte Branch Research Library hold research materials ranging from individual family trees to large institutional collections of births, marriages and deaths, including cemetery transcriptions for most of the cemeteries in the Quinte area. FIND-IT, the research finding aid, can locate what you want in the library in a few mouse clicks.

FIND-IT: A New Finding Aid for Research

In 2006, when Quinte Branch relocated its research library to the Quinte West Public Library a finding aid was ready to assist researchers to find individuals and related surnames in the resources. Many enhancements have been added in the intervening years such as major indexing additions and new features like resource location and titles. Last

Find A Real Treasure: S-I-L Updated

The SIL is comprised of family surnames of interest to our members, past members and library contacts (AKA the providers), based on their research focus in Hastings, Prince Edward, and neighboring Counties. Download the files and check out the possibility that one or more of our SIL providers have similar surname research interests to you.

The Ancestor Hunt

A vast collection of historic newspapers, obituaries, birth, marriage and death records, historic photos, high school and college yearbooks and city directories for those researching family history in the province of Ontario. All of these resources have been collected into a single pool for easy online access. Check out “The Ancestor Hunt” resources for Ontario!

County Atlas Project Searchable Index

Between 1874 and 1881, approximately forty county atlases were published in Canada, covering counties in the Maritimes, Ontario and Quebec. Thirty-two of these atlases were produced for Ontario. In total, forty Ontario counties were covered by these thirty-two atlases. Identify your ancestor’s county, township, concession and lot.

Bob’s Bytes

For the last fifteen years Bob Dawes has been providing computer advice for his fellow genealogists in the Quinte Branch and beyond, from his article on “Using a Spreadsheet to Record Research Findings” in the March 2006 edition of The New Searchlight to his advice on “Capturing Images for Genealogy” in the most recent edition.

Grappling With Grave Markers

Peter Johnson UE,  a former Chair with the Quinte Branch of Ontario Ancestors, has authored a fascinating column in the Quinte Searchlight newsletter for many years producing over forty articles, each highlighting a specific tombstone or other grave marker. Peter includes background on the individual grave and provides information on the specific cemetery being researched.

Online Genealogy Webinars

These webinars provide a wealth of potential learning for family historians. Ontario Ancestors has a particularly strong emphasis on material relevant to the Ontario researcher. Webinars from Legacy Family Tree, FamilySearch and RootsTech present many other offerings which are also of significant value, especially in their respective Canadian sections. CHECK ONTARIO ANCESTORS FOR UPCOMING WEBINARS