York's Sacrifice

To commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the City of Toronto Museum Services created a Book of Remembrance for the casualties of the Battle of York, and the men of the York militia regiments who died during the war. I was hired to research the lives of the militia men and their families. I discovered far too much to include in the Book of Remembrance, so I compiled it into a book.

York's Sacrifice profiles 39 men who lost their lives during the war. Where possible, biographies include information about each man's origin, residence, occupation, civic life, family, militia service and circumstances of death.

A section on records provides detailed guidance in finding and using records from the period to trace an ancestor's militia service and life in this difficult time period.

Crime and Punishment in Upper Canada:
A Researcher's Guide

Have you ever wondered about who kept the peace in Upper Canada (early Ontario)? What happened if someone stole your ancestor's horse? Did your ancestors ever have to serve on a jury or testify against their neighbours in court? Did they work for the district government as a clerk, sheriff or jail keeper? Were your own ancestors ever drunk and disorderly, or worse? My book covers all these topics and more!

You'll learn about the early Ontario justice system: the laws, the crime statistics, the court system and the punishments. You'll meet interesting characters - from Justices of the Peace to petty (and not so petty) criminals. And you'll learn about the records you can use to discover your own ancestor's stories.

You can get your copy from the publishers, Dundurn Press and the Ontario Genealogical Society, or contact me and I'll be happy to sell you a personally signed copy ($19.99 plus shipping and taxes).

Saving Family Memories:
A Step-by Step Guide to Interviewing Relatives
(Moorshead Magazines, 2009)

This booklet takes you step-by-step through the process of interviewing your relatives about family history. With sections on recording the interview, getting reluctant people to share their stories and preparing the results for publication or distribution, Saving Family Memories provides everything you need to know to get started right away! Appendices offer hundreds of sample questions on topics ranging from immigration to family legends to inherited traits.

Purchase your copy from the publishers, Moorshead Magazines or contact me for a personally signed copy ($8 plus shipping and taxes).

101 Best Genealogy Research Tips
(Moorshead Magazines, 2006)

This compilation of Janice Nickerson's favourite research tips covers everything from practical suggestions for working in archives to strategies for getting past those brick walls. This booklet is not for beginners.

Purchase your copy from the publishers, Moorshead Magazines, or contact me for a personally signed copy ($8 plus shipping and taxes).


Available through Lulu.com:

  • "Top Ten Ways to Identify Your Ancestor's Birthplace"
  • "101 Genealogy Records You Might Have Missed"
  • "Genealogy on a Shoestring Budget"
Each of these articles is available through Lulu.com as an electronic download for $1.25

Upper Canada - voices from the past


This bi-monthly newsletter offered a unique way to learn about life in Ontario between 1791 and 1841. It featured excerpts from period diaries, journals and letters, articles about various aspects of life in Upper Canada, advertisements and articles from period newspapers and book reviews of interest to the period.

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Back issues are available for sale at a price of $3.00 (plus taxes) per issue in Electronic Format (PDF). Please contact me by email to order.

Magazine Articles

  • "Crime and Punishment in Upper Canada: A Case Study," Family Chronicle, February 2011
  • "10 Tricks for Getting the Most Out of Databases," Internet Genealogy, January 2011
  • "Census Saavy: Canadian Databases Online," Internet Genealogy, September 2010
  • "Top 10 Sites for French-Canadian Research," Internet Genealogy, March 2010
  • "The Best Canadian Genealogy Blogs," Internet Genealogy, March 2010
  • "History for Genealogists: Historical Societies," Family Chronicle, February 2010
  • "Finding and Understanding Wills," Discovering Family History, February 2010
  • "20 Canadian Library Databases!" Internet Genealogy, January 2010
  • "10 Reasons to Love Local Histories," Internet Genealogy, January 2010
  • "Has Your Family History Been Published?" Family Chronicle, December 2009
  • "Understanding Canadian Census Records," Discovering Family History, December 2009
  • "Hurray for Quarrelsome Ancestors!" Discovering Family History, December 2009
  • "Researching Aboriginal Ancestors in Ontario," Family Chronicle, October 2009
  • "One-Stop Genealogy: FHL Research Tools," Family Chronicle, October 2009
  • "Great White North: Canadian Civil Registration Records," Discovering Family History, October 2009
  • "Names, Nicknames and Spelling Variants," Discovering Family History, October 2009
  • "Canadian Place Names Explained," Discovering Family History, August, 2009
  • "Canada: What's Online and What's Not," Internet Genealogy, July 2009
  • "Reuniting Families: Red Cross and Salvation Army," Family Chronicle, June 2009
  • "Top Five Ways to Find Living Relatives!," Internet Genealogy, May 2009
  • "Our Future, Our Past: Alberta's Heritage," Internet Genealogy, May 2009
  • "Researching Early Ontario Ancestors," Family Chronicle, April 2009
  • "Getting Started in Canada!," Discovering Family History, April 2009
  • "Top Ten Sites for Finding Family Photos Online," Internet Genealogy, March 2009
  • "Toronto Genealogy Resources," Family Chronicle, February 2009
  • "Working in Archives," Family Chronicle, February 2009
  • "Top Family Networking Websites," Internet Genealogy, January 2009
  • "Top Ten Genealogy Blogs," Internet Genealogy, January 2009
  • "Tracking Down Living Relatives," Family Chronicle, December 2008
  • "Letter Writing for Family History," Discovering Family History, December 2008
  • "Check Your Sources!" Internet Genealogy, November 2008
  • "Seeking Canadian Ancestors Online," Internet Genealogy, November 2008
  • "Common Research Traps to Avoid," Discovering Family History, October 2008
  • "Academic Theses: A Genealogist's Tool," Internet Genealogy, September 2008
  • "10 Reasons to Look for Siblings," Family Chronicle, August 2008
  • "Easy Ways to Write Your Family History," Family Chronicle, August 2008
  • "Ancestors Are People Too!" Family Chronicle, August 2008
  • "Where are they Buried?" Discovering Family History, August 2008
  • "15 Ways Your Local Library Can Help," Discovering Family History, August 2008
  • "Case Study: Where did they go?" Internet Genealogy, July 2008
  • "African American Research on the 'Net," Internet Genealogy, July 2008
  • "Fur Trade Records: An Untapped Resource," Family Chronicle, June 2008
  • "Case Study: A Recipe for Canadian Family History," Discovering Family History, June 2008
  • "Tax Records: Bane of Today, but Boon for Genealogists!" Internet Genealogy, May 2008
  • "Net Note: Creative Genes' Carnival of Genealogy," Internet Genealogy, May 2008
  • "Almanacs," Family Chronicle, April 2008
  • "That's My Family," Internet Genealogy, March 2008
  • "Researching for TV," Internet Genealogy, March 2008
  • "What's In Your Attic?" Family Chronicle, February 2008
  • "Early Canadiana Online," Family Chronicle, December 2007
  • "Home Children - British Child Immigrants to Canada," Family Chronicle, December 2007
  • "How to Read Between the Lines of the Census," Family Chronicle, December 2007
  • "Secrets to Researching Smiths," Family Chronicle, Deccember 2007
  • "Religious Newspapers," Family Chronicle, October 2007
  • "Web Sites Worth Surfing," Family Chronicle, August 2007
  • "Family Migrations: Journey to the New World," Family Chronicle, August 2007
  • "We the Undersigned: Your Ancestors' Petitions," Family Chronicle, August 2007
  • "Is it True? The Genealogical Proof Standard," Family Chronicle, June 2007
  • "Digital History," Internet Genealolgy, May 2007
  • "Re-researching the Carter family," Family Chronicle, April 2007
  • "Finding and Using Online Maps," Internet Genealogy, March 2007
  • "Library and Archives Canada," Internet Genealogy, March 2007
  • "Champlain Society Digital Collection," Internet Genealogy, January 2007
  • "Finding a Wandering Relative: Proven strategies for tracking down ancestors who moved away from the family home," Family Chronicle, December 2006
  • "Upper Canada Links," Your Family Tree, Autumn 2006
  • "Finding Ancestral Artifacts on the 'Net'," Internet Genealogy, November 2006
  • "Our Ancestors' Daily Lives," Internet Genealogy, November 2006
  • "Learning about our ancestors' ships," Family Chronicle, October 2006
  • "Tebo, Thibow or Thibeault?" Family Chronicle, October 2006
  • "Family Tree Guide: A Review," Internet Genealogy, September 2006
  • "Genealogy web sites worth surfing," Family Chronicle, August 2006
  • "Do's and Don'ts," Family Chronicle, August 2006
  • "Illustrating Your Ancestors' Lives," Family Chronicle, August 2006
  • "Interviewing Relatives," Your Family Tree, July 2006
  • "10 Reasons to Join the Godfrey Memorial Library," Internet Genealogy, July 2006
  • "Giving Back: Join an Online Transcription Project," Internet Genealogy, Extra online edition, June 2006
  • "Case Study: Who Was Madison Davis?" Internet Genealogy, Extra online edition, June 2006
  • "Genealogy web sites worth surfing," Family Chronicle, June 2006
  • "Proving Parentage: 25 Ways to Discover and Document a Parent-Child Link," Family Chronicle, June 2006
  • "Top places to begin your research," Internet Genealogy, May 2006
  • "More places to start your research," Internet Genealogy, May 2006
  • "Genealogy web sites worth surfing," Family Chronicle, April 2006
  • "Criminals in the Family Tree," Family Chronicle, April 2006
  • "Genealogy web sites worth surfing," Family Chronicle, February 2006
  • "Top 53 Places to Start Your Genealogy on the Internet," Family Chronicle, forthcoming...
  • "Genealogical Etiquette," Family Chronicle, December 2005
  • "Looking for Lists in the all the Right Places," Family Chronicle, October 2005
  • "Canada's Home Children," Your Family Tree, August 2005
  • "Seeing the Ancestral Homeland," Family Chronicle, August 2005
  • "101 records you might have missed," Family Chronicle, June 2005
  • "Avoiding common genealogical traps," Family Chronicle, February 2005
  • "30 money saving tips," Your Family Tree, November 2004
  • "Digging Deeper," Family Chronicle, October 2004
  • "Twenty-five websites for Canadian Genealogy," Family Chronicle, June 2004
  • "My Hudson Bay fur trade ancestors," Your Family Tree, April 2004
  • "What to do when you're stuck," Family Chronicle, April 2004
  • "Making the most of resources in your ancestor's home town," Family Chronicle, February 2004
  • "Tracing your Canadian ancestry," Your Family Tree, Christmas 2003
  • "Genealogical gems in land records," Family Chronicle, December 2003
  • "Genealogy on a Shoestring," Family Chronicle, July/August 2003
  • "10 ways to locate your ancestor's birthplace," Family Chronicle, March/April 2003

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