About Upper Canada Genealogy
Upper Canada Genealogy is dedicated to helping people
learn about their early Ontario ancestors. In founding
this company, I decided to focus on the Upper Canada
period - 1791 to1841 - because it is the toughest to
research (for beginners and professionals alike!). In this
period, there are no colony-wide censuses, no civil
registration (certificates of birth, marriage and death)
and no centralized repository for church records. However,
this doesn't mean that research is impossible in this
period - far from it! It just takes a little more time,
effort and expertise.
This is where Upper Canada Genealogy comes in. My goal
is to provide the best and most comprehensive set of
resources for family history research in this period.
This includes professional research services, indexes to
hard-to-access records, free reference resources with
information about Upper Canada history, geography and
resource centres, and links to other useful sites.
About Janice Nickerson, M.A.
Family history research has been my passion for over 30
years. In my spare time I pored through books in
libraries, squinted at microfilm in archives and wrote
letters to ever increasing numbers of relatives. In
university, my research projects invariably focused on
some aspect of my family's history!
After studying anthropology in graduate school, I decided to make genealogy my life's work, specializing in Upper Canada to help others researching in this difficult period and location. Since that time, I've developed additional speciaties in fur trade and Aboriginal research, criminal justice records, and turning bare bones genealogies into full-fledged family histories.
In addition to researching my clients' family
histories, I also do heir searching for the Public
Trustee, give talks to genealogical societies and write
for genealogical magazines.
Special projects have included providing
"behind-the-scenes" genealogical research for the CBC TV
program "Who Do You Think You Are?" (aired October 2007
to February 2008) and working with the Toronto Museum
Services to identify and commemorate the Upper Canadian
militia men from the York region who died in the war of
I also lecture to groups throughout Ontario on the
me for specific lecture titles and descriptions or
new topic ideas.
- Justice in Upper Canada
- Biographical research on Upper Canada families
- Pre-confederation research in Ontario, Canada West
and Upper Canada
- Research Tips
- Applying the Genealogical Proof Standard to Ontario
- Sharing family history with your family
- Lecture Fee: $125 (+HST) for pre-prepared lectures;
$150 (+HST) for newly designed lectures
- Expenses: Travel, meals and accommodation for
lectures outside Toronto
As a member of the Association of Professional
Genealogists (and past chair of the Ontario chapter), I
support its stringent code of ethics, including the
principles of truthfulness, clarity and accuracy, and a
commitment to support the collection and preservation of
historical and genealogical records.
I am a proud 8th-generation Canadian, with English,
German, Irish, Welsh and Aboriginal ancestry.
Comments, suggestions and questions about any aspect of
this website or the products and services we offer are
welcome. Please contact me by e-mail,
or by mail at:
Upper Canada Genealogy, Suite 2807, 33 Isabella
Street, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2P7