Ontario Ancestors Conference 2022 The Ontario Genealogical Society Virtual Conference 2022, June 24 – 26, Ottawa
The Ontario Genealogical Society Virtual Conference 2022, June 24 – 26, Ottawa

Interview with Ken McKinlay

Researching a Soldier of the Great War

Date: June 26 Time: 4:00 PM Stream B This link will take you to the Conference Speakers page where you will find more information about Ken’s talk as well as a video interview. 

Don’t you love this quote from Ken –

“We all have them within our family tree. Whether you call them “brick walls” or “knots” they are the people that present us the biggest challenges.”

Ken McKinlay – from his blog, Family Tree knots

In late 2020, I attended one of Ken’s online genealogy talks provided by the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa. “Ontario Land Records Made Easy”. It was very successful and much to his surprise has blossomed into a popular series of talks and blogposts.

For a good introduction to Ontario Land Records please read this Series on Ken’s blog: Finding on the Ground: Wrap Up. Articles include: A Land Records Challenge; Finding on the Ground: An Ontario Concession/Lot on a Map; Ontario Township Papers on Family Search.

This ‘Wrap Up’ article will give you a good overview of all of the resources for Ontario land records – Ken demonstrates how to cross reference Family Search, Ancestry, Library and Archives Canada and OnLand.

Ontario Ancestors provided a one time ‘course’ of sorts to the series of Ontario Land Records Series provided by Ken. This was provided to members of the society and came with extra handouts and presentations. (You were asked to enter your membership details to access the content.) Please stay tuned as the society may consider running this course on various occasions.

Not only does he write about various research strategies in the following articles: Not Trusting Trees -Or- Make sure you Read the Records!, Ken also writes about his own family and Second World War military records. For example, Second World War: Researching the Canadian Fallen – Resources and Canadians as POWs in the Second World War on Find My Past.

Personally, I need to set aside some time to apply Ken’s techniques of the Land Records principles to my own Ontario ancestors. It might just get one of my lines back to Ireland!