Have you ever read Jane MacNamara’s blog Where the story takes me:Tales of family and local history research and folk I meet along the way?
If it isn’t on your reading list, maybe it should be, because she always has subjects that are interesting to genealogists.
Her latest post is worth reading if you have Ontario ancestors – because it is a post about the Archives of Ontario (AO).
In the post, she explains what the AO holds, and what you can find within the different archival material – and there is tons of material for you to research.
Let me say that the AO does live up to Jane’s review. I found it very centrally located to where I was staying, had good access for parking, excellent facility to eat your lunch or to just take a break away from researching. There is a very good a shopping centre which is a short distance from the archives.
There is one thing that I would add, and that is, be sure to read the information first onsite at the archives website before going there. Become familiar with the holdings, and it will be so helpful when you start researching. I printed the material off before I went there, and had it in a folder for easy reference. And if it is the first time that you will be there, be sure to register to your pass online, and then pick it up at the front desk once you get there.
Jane’s blog is at http://wherethestorytakesme.ca/
The website for the Archives of Ontario is Tracing your ancestry at the Archives of Ontario at http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/tracing/index.aspx