Genealogy at a Glance: Ontario, Canada Genealogy Research by Lorine McGinnis Schulze: Review

Disclaimer: I have received a complimentary copy of this and other publications from Genealogical Publishing Company. However, my opinions are my own.

There is a newly published Genealogy at a Glance folder from the Genealogical Publishing Company, which offers first class quality in its extensive inventory.

Lorine McGinnis Schulze is the well known Canadian blogger and author of Olive Tree Genealogy, which  hosts hundreds of excellent free links to American and Canadian genealogy resources, including extensive ship passenger lists.

Do you have branches of your family tree that settled in Ontario, Canada? If so, Lorine’s Genealogy at a Glance: Ontario, Canada, Genealogy Research is a handy inexpensive resource that should be on your reference shelf.

This newest Genealogy at a Glance folder follows the same format as earlier publications in the series.


Key Dates & Name Changes
Immigration & Settlement
Ships’ Passenger Lists
Naturalization Records
Census Records
Vital Records
Land Records
Other Online Resources

In a nutshell, Lorine offers compact details of many of the types of Ontario records that genealogists would seek.

Since many of Ontario’s earliest settlers were Loyalists or their children, Loyalists is an important part of these Contents.

I have no direct line ancestry to Ontario, but I do have two siblings of my Loyalist Carlisle ancestors, sisters Abigail and Catherine Carlisle, who left New Brunswick and moved west. It has only been recently that I’ve picked up the trail of the two brothers.

Therefore, as I read through Ontario, Canada, Genealogy Research, I noted sources which I’ve accessed and also looked for records of which I was not aware – and found several!

Because I dig deeply looking for original records, learning about new repositories is a definite plus in my recommendation.

Understanding the history of an area is key to locating pertinent records. The cover, the first of four pages, succinctly covers Ontario’s early days and the subject of Ships’ Passenger Lists. It is noted that pre-1865 lists of passengers to Canada weren’t required to be kept by the government and none exist. However, examples of lists dating from 1865 until 1935 are provided.

The remaining topics in the Contents are self-explanatory, but I do want to mention that each subject heading includes “For further research.” The majority of those bonus resources are links to free online websites.

Most topics also contain a TIP, to extend a researcher’s understanding about specific records.

The topic with the most “meat,” so to speak, is Land Records, particularly for non-Canadians, who will discover several record sets which have no corresponding American type records.

Lastly, Other Online Resources contains links to four websites, one of which is new to me. Another plus!

I realize I am repeating myself if you’ve read any of my previous reviews of Genealogy at a Glance, but family historians get definite bang for their buck – only $9.95 – with each 4-page hard lamination folder, making them perfect for both travel and quick reference at home.

If your family tree is sprouting in Ontario, Canada, you’ll want to order Lorine McGinnis Schulze’s newly published in 2021 Genealogy at a Glance: Ontario, Canada, Genealogy Research today. Just $9.95 from Genealogical Publishing Company. You’ll have everything that you need at your fingertips to get started with Ontario research.

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