Friday, February 1, 2013

Review: Legacy QuickGuide on Ontario Genealogy

Legacy Family Tree has commissioned a series of four-page booklets on various aspects of genealogical research.  Each laminated guide contains four pages of valuable information covering a variety of genealogy research topics. Legacy QuickGuides are written by genealogists and family historians who are experts in the subject areas.  These QuickGuides are oriented towards the online researcher - there are several pages of website links on selected subjects for the specific topic covered by the QuickGuide.

You can see the list of available Legacy QuickGuides at  They are available as laminated four-page folders ($7.95 each) or as downloadable PDF files ($2.95 each).

The Ontario Genealogy QuickGuide was written by Kathryn Lake Hogan. 

The Introduction to this QuickGuide says:

"Researching Ontario ancestors can be confusing especially before 1869. Understanding the history of Ontario is key to finding the correct records. The Ontario Genealogy Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information to get you started including the best places to find key record groups such as census, vital records, military, and other records."

The subjects covered in the Ontario Genealogy QuickGuide includes (4 pages):

*  Factoids

*  Research Strategy
*  Additional Resources
*  Geographic Terminology
*  Basic Ontario Resources
*  Migration Routes and Motivations

*  Timeline of Ontario History
*  Ontario History Resources

*  Adoption Records
*  Birth Records
*  Death Records & Obituaries
*  Cemetery Records

*  Court Records

*  Marriage Records
*  Divorce Records

*  Church Records
*  Military Records
*  Census Records
*  Land Records
*  Immigration & Naturalization

*  Newspapers

*  City & Business Directories
*  Geography & Maps
*  Books & Periodicals
*  Organizations
*  Archives & Libraries
*  Miscellaneous

For most of the subjects listed above, the items listed for each subject are website titles with links to the websites.  In some cases, there are shortened URLs for websites with long eddresses.

This Legacy QuickGuide is very useful for beginners and seasoned researchers alike.  The Ontario history timeline and the Research Strategy sections are especially helpful.  The other subject areas, with links to websites, are oriented towards the online genealogist.  I am sure that I will use this QuickGuide to help me find records of my Ontario ancestors.

The laminated version of this QuickGuide is very handy for researchers going to repositories or society meetings - it is light and easy to carry in a briefcase or computer case.  I much prefer the PDF version because I can save it to my computer (and laptop, tablet, and smart phone using Dropbox or another cloud service) and have it available in digital format for instantaneous usage by clicking the links provided rather than typing the links into my web browser. 

Order you copy of the Ontario Genealogy QuickGuide (PDF only) at the Legacy Family Tree Store.

Disclosure:  I was provided a complimentary copy of the PDF version of this Legacy QuickGuide on the condition that I provide a timely review of each QuickGuide provided.  Look for more in the near future!

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