The weather certainly has been cooperating - there's no better time to do ancestry research online than when the snow is flying. I hope you're all staying safe and warm.
As March marks Women's History Month, I'd encourage you to look more deeply into the lives of the women, mothers, wives and spinsters in your tree and their impact on history. As researchers, we're very familiar with the dead ends that sometimes come as a woman loses her maiden name and takes her husband's. Oftentimes, a deeper dive of records is needed to figure out where the women in your tree came from. Need some ideas on where to look? Check out this article with the Top Ten Sources for Locating Maiden Names. Cyndi's list also has some great resources. Do you have an amazing woman ancestor from the Niagara area that you'd like to highlight? Pop into our Facebook group, post a picture, and tell us all about her!
Finally, I have some sad news. The Ontario genealogical community was saddened in February to learn of the loss of two of its own. Lorrine McGinnis was the passion behind Olive Tree Genealogy - a blog she created in 1996 to share free resources along with her guidance and mentorship. Murray Andrew Pletsch created the online Northeastern Ontario Gravemarker Gallery - eventually donating millions of memorial photographs to CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project. Murray also made significant volunteer contributions to the restoration project to beautify the grounds of Terrace Lawn Cemetery in North Bay. Their passion for Ontario genealogy and for helping others will be sorely missed. Our hearts are with their families at this time.