Whether you'd like a comprehensive report covering many generations, a quick record search, or something in between, I will be pleased to assist you in learning about your early Ontario ancestors.
In most cases, I charge by the the hour ($55), and I recommend working in blocks of 10 hours..
The time includes:
- Review of previous research
- Research planning
- On-site research in archives and libraries
- Internet research
- Document labeling
- Data entry
- Evidence analysis
- Report preparation
Every research session concludes with a research report. Your research report will include::
- Detailed descriptions of each record searched
- Information found
- Analysis of the evidence
- Recommendations for further research
If you would like an estimate, or recommendation of the best approach to meet your needs, please contact me by
email with as much information as you can provide
about your family and your research goals.
In most cases, I charge by the hour and recommend working in time blocks of ten hours. This time includes review of previous research, research planning, on-site research in archives and libraries, Internet research, document labeling, data entry, evidence analysis, and report preparation. Your report will include a detailed description of each of the records searched, results and analysis, plus photocopies of relevant records, wherever possible.
What to Expect
I recommend beginning with the ancestor for whom you have substantial,
well-documented information, so that we can be certain that we have the
right family and we haven't missed any important clues that we will need to
make good progress further back in time.
Assuming that you have solid information pertaining to at least one ancestor who was born before 1920, we should have a good foundation on which to
build. Records can include civil registration records of Ontario births,
marriages and deaths, census records, newspapers (for birth, marriage and
death notices, obituaries, notable social events), church records, wills and
estate files, land records, tax assessment records, government
correspondence, private papers and more.
I regret that it is not possible to estimate the amount of research time that
may be required to achieve a specific result, as so much depends on the
survival, availability and accuracy of relevant historical records. However, it
is reasonable to expect to trace a family in Ontario back to 1800 or so.
Tracing families into the 18th century is more challenging, and may require a
great deal of time and effort. Families with unusual surnames and
occupations, or those owning significant amounts of property are easier to
trace than those with common names, common occupations and less wealth.
I generally recommend starting with a block of 10 hours. You can then
decide if you want to continue based on what we’ve learned so far, and if so, direct the focus of the research however you choose.
I ask for a deposit of 50% of the total authorized amount in advance. The
remainder is invoiced with my report.
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Individual Record Searches
Each of the following records can be searched for a flat $50 fee. Prices are per item (one marriage record, one household in a census, one surname in a directory).
Census: Census records cover the entire province and show every member
of every household for the years 1851 (actually January 1852), 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911, and 1921. Information varies by year (gets more detailed over time) but generally includes full names, ages, birthplaces, religion and occupations of adults.
Civil registration: These include all registered births (1869-1917),
marriages (1858-1934), and deaths (1869-1944) across the province. Please note that registration was legally required, but not everyone complied with the law at first.
Newspapers: Many old newspapers have survived from 1793 to the present.
These can be searched for announcements of birth (uncommon before 1900),
marriage (fairly common from the 1860s), and death (very common from the early period), as well as local events and business advertisements. If you
don't know which newspaper to search, I will search the closest available. Flat fee covers a 5-issue search.
Wills and Estate Files: Wills can contain a wealth of information about
surviving relatives. Estate files for people who died without a will usually
provide the names of all surviving heirs and often their relationship, age and
place of residence. Records are available from 1791 to 1960 for all of
Ontario. Flat fee covers one county either before 1900 or a ten-year search between the years 1900 and 1960
Toronto City Directories: These records provide the name of the head of
each household, his or her occupation and address. Most years from
1837-present are available. Flat fee covers a 5-year search.
To order an individual record
search, please contact me by e-mail
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