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All Kinds of Loyalists

During the American Revolutionary War, approximately 35% of the population of the Thirteen Colonies were loyal to King George III of Great Britain. Was your ancestor one them? If your ancestor sided with the British, he/she was branded a Tory and faced expulsion from the newly formed United States of America at the conclusion of the war. Tips and strategies for researching your Loyalist ancestor will be shared by the past Dominion Genealogist of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada.


Cracking the Clues in Canadian Census Records

Canadian census records hold valuable information for the family history researcher. Each census from 1851 through 1921 was unique in the questions asked and the instructions given to the enumerators. By following three different families (Canadian, French-Canadian and Black-Canadian) through the census records, strategies and techniques are demonstrated for searching and navigating the various census records and schedules. The best websites for researching Canadian census records are shared.



Find Your American Ancestor Using Canadian Records

When you hit a brick wall in your research it’s time to consider your ancestor may have been in Canada. Whether your ancestor was there for a day or for many years, they left behind records. Learn how and where to find the Canadian records to help you fill in the missing pieces of your ancestor’s life.


Maximizing the Library and Archives Canada Website
Library and Archives Canada website is an excellent resource for family historians but it can be confusing to find what you’re looking for. This presentation is your personal tour of the Library and Archives Canada website. Learn how to find the records you want, discover strategies to get results from the databases, and explore new collections to further your family history research in Canada.

Researching Your 20th Century Canadian Ancestors
Did your parents, grandparents or great-grandparents live most of their lives in 20th century Canada? Long closure periods of records make finding information about these more recent ancestors difficult. Finding information after 1939 can be tricky but there are resources available if you know where to look. Discover where to find more recent records that will help you add details to your 20th century Canadian family.

What's in Your Canadian Genealogy Toolbox?
Explore the top websites for researching your ancestors in Canada. Learn where to find the best online resources for Canadian and provincial record groups, history, newspapers, maps, photographs and more to help you fill your Canadian
genealogy toolbox.

WikiTree for Canadian Genealogy
Frustrated with online public family trees? Wish you could do more with your own family tree? WikiTree is the free world-wide family tree where genealogists collaborate. Discover why WikiTree is different, and how you can build exceptional ancestral profiles with biographies, sources, photos and more. Explore Canadian categories and projects you can contribute to and use to enhance your family tree.

Researching Black Sheep Ancestors

What are "black sheep" ancestors? It's likely you have at least one, or perhaps a few of these ancestors and relatives in your family tree. Join us as we share stories, and discuss how and where to find black sheep ancestors, and how best to document them.


Using Historical Directories in Your Genealogy

There is more to a historical directory than just finding the address where your ancestor lived. Discover all there is to explore and examine within the covers of historical directories to gain a better understanding of your ancestor’s daily life.

All the News That's Fit to Print...or Not

Whether it was fit to print or not, newspaper stories, advertisements, society pages and more can provide little known details about our ancestors’ lives. If you’re not using newspapers in your research you could be missing out! How important were newspapers to our ancestors? What treasures can be unearthed in between the sheets of newsprint? Discover how researching newspapers can boost your family history.

Tragedies, Disasters and Disease

Tragedies, disasters and disease in Canadian history. Where? When? What happened? Were your ancestors there? How were they affected by what happened? Researching the tragedies, disasters and diseases our ancestors experienced in their hometowns, cities, provinces and nation-wide help us to add more to their stories, and help us understand their lives a little better.
National, provincial and regional/local events will be discussed.


To arrange speaking opportunities, please email at:


kathryn @ looking4ancestors . com [remove the spaces]