The Ontario Project wants you! Want to join?

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The Ontario Project is a sub-project of the Canadian History Project. The Mission of the project is to add and improve profiles of early and/or significant Ontarians. Project members take primary responsibility for relevant profiles or family groups and work on merging duplicates, cleaning up profiles, adding sources, removing incorrect information and offer research assistance as needed.

Have family ties to one of Canada's most historic and beautiful provinces? Then join in - post an answer below and we will get you badged and on your way!

Mags Gaulden, Leader and Laurie Cruthers, Project Coordinator


asked in Requests for Project Volunteers by Mags Gaulden G2G6 Pilot (449k points)
Hi:  I'd like to join the Ontario project.  I presume this project encompasses the Canada West and Upper Canada predecessors?

Craig Treleaven
If you know about C.W. and U.C., you should definitely be a part of the Ontario project, Craig! Mags will award you the Canadian History Project badge. Please check out the project page and add your name to our list of members.
I would like to join the Ontario Project. Family located in Northumberland County and Frontenac County since mid 1800’s.
Oops, just saw how to add another Ontario resource which I don't see on your list, a searchable database for Perth Military Settlement with the original granted lots in Perth, Drummond, Bathurst, Beckwith Twps.  Will do that now myself.  Jan
Terrific! Thanks, Jan.
I’d like to help out,  and maybe find out more about my Purcell lineage at the same time.
Welcome, Jeff. I'm always happy to see new Ontario families added to our common tree. I have Fagans in my own tree as well and was interested to see that your Fagan connection was a bronzer in Toronto, according to a census record. Interesting occupation!
Hi Samantha White, You mention your family was from the area north of North Bay.  While my ancestors did not go as far as James Bay, my Briggs great grandparents from Flos Simcoe and gr-grandparents Chrysler and their Kerr relations from Brantford, homesteaded near Englehart in 1901-03.  I have several significant burials that area to New Liskeard.  I was born in England but lived near Timmins from 1946-1955. I'd be happy to share stories if those areas overlap your interest.
I would like to join. My ancestors, that I know about, start with Andrew Bezzo and Sophia Beaupre. They lived Charlotteville Twp, Norfolk. I live in the USA and know very little about Canadian history and such. Will need a lot of help, but willing to help with profiles as I find them, even if they aren't 'mine'
Thanks, Lynne. Welcome aboard!

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I am related to a crowd of United Empire Loyalist granted land in Ontario, who migrated again to the new State of Iowa, married my newly arrived Yorkshire England Hills in Clinton county, in the 1850s, then on to Sac City and Ida Grove, and on to Kearney, Nebraska after the Civil War.

Bass Glenn Hill Irwin McLean Mills Myatt Robinson VanCamp
answered by Ronald McMillin G2G Crew (640 points)
Welcome, Ronald. Your crowd fits right in! You might also want to look into the UEL Project.
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I would like to join the project for Ontario and Alberta
answered by Cunningham Cunningham G2G Crew (410 points)
The Canadian History Project badge will cover both. Welcome!
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Hello ~

I'd like to join please.


Theresa Goodwin
answered by
This may help. I wasn't logged in before:

Welcome, Theresa. Please add Ontario to your tags on your profile page and add your name to the list of participants on the Ontario Project page.

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I live in Algoma, Ontario and have done a lot of research for my family. I'm in if you need help.
answered by Allan Mills G2G Crew (770 points)

Glad to have you on board, Allan. Please add Ontario to your tags on your profile page and add your name to the list of participants on the Ontario Project page.

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Family in Toronto, Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford.  Family in Canada originally with Scottish, Irish, England and Channel Island origins.  Would like to get involved with this project.
answered by John Connell G2G Crew (950 points)

Welcome, John. Please add Ontario to your tags on your profile page and add your name to the list of participants on the Ontario Project page.

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Please count me in.  Much of my family research has focused on Ontario and since I live in the Hamilton area, I have easy access to resources like newspapers and local material not available on the net.
answered by John Carey G2G Rookie (290 points)

Wonderful. Please add Ontario to your tags on your profile page and add your name to the list of participants on the Ontario Project page.

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I’d be happy to join.
answered by S Banks G2G4 (4.7k points)
I meant to ask you if you were interested in joining, then forgot! Welcome. Mags will award you the Canadian History badge.
Thanks, Laurie!
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I would like to join. Both my parents are from Ontario. My mom and I are members of Albany Band and we are James Bay Cree. Most of my genealogy research is in Ontario.
answered by Aretha Greatrix G2G Crew (320 points)

Welcome, Aretha. We'll award you the Canadian History Project badge. You might also be interested in the First Peoples Canada sub-project.

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I would like to join, even tho I'm not Canadian?  ;)  Several of my ancestors were UEL in the Zufelt and Dingman families, having left NYS for Ontario during the Revolution. I have some experience going through the Land Petitions, if there's a sub-project on that I might be able to help.
answered by Catherine Nacov G2G1 (1.6k points)

Welcome, Catherine. No need to be Canadian! Could you please add your name to our list of members on the project page and perhaps indicate that you're familiar with the Land Petitiions. Other members could then get in touch if they have any questions about them.

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i would ove to join not sure how to do that
answered by Samantha Laforge G2G Rookie (260 points)
Welcome, Samantha. We'll award you the Canadian History Project badge.
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I'd like to join the Ontario Project as I have many relatives who were born in Ontario, moved to Ontario and still live there.
answered by Susan Merk G2G1 (1.2k points)

You're signed up, Susan. Please add your name to our list of members on the project page. Thanks.

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I'd also like to join the Ontario project. The Canadians in my tree are mainly in Ontario (there mainly in the towns and cities around the Lake Ontario) and Quebec.
answered by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Mach 3 (38.7k points)
Welcome, Jelena. See my note to Susan above.
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     My French Metis fur trade ancestors helped settle Southampton, Goderich and Port Franks, Ontario. Their last names were Lemire Gonneville/ Granville.  Their ancestors, in turn,  were the Lemire- Marsolet family, one of the original 18 families who settled Quebec. Nicholas Marsolet, my 7 times great grandfather was with Champlain at the founding of Quebec.  His grandson, Jean Lemire Marsolet has his name on a plaque in Hart Plaza in Detroit as a carpenter who helped build Detroit’s first fort, Fort Pontchartrain  with Antoine de LaMothe Cadillac. I hope I can contribute to this project.  Cheryl Johns
answered by Cheryl Johns G2G1 (1.4k points)

Welcome, Cheryl. Please add your name and interests to our list of members on the project page.

Such an interesting family! Gilles Caron has set up a category and free-space page for Franco-Ontarien/Franco-Ontarian ancestors. You might want to get in touch with him to see how you can contribute to that. Are you a member of the Quebecois Project?

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I am very new at Wiki-Tree, still learning to navigate and also entering my trees.  However, my folks arrived in Canada, on both my mother's and father's sides. On MOm's side they collected near Essex, Ontario area and on my Dad's side, near Hamilton.  As I go forward, I would like to contribute to the Ontario Project.
answered by Pam Reid G2G Crew (640 points)
When you're ready to join, Pam, just drop me a line, and in the meantime if you have any questions about research in Ontario or navigating the site, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
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I'd like to be added to the Ontario Project please. My family migrated from Quebec to Southern Ontario in the 1700s. Many thanks!
answered by David Beneteau G2G Crew (770 points)
Welcome, David! Like Cheryl (see above), you might be interested in the Franco-Ontarian page.
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I live in North Carolina but all my family is from Ontario. I have been doing some genealogy to find out more about my Lansing and Scott and Livingston ancestors around Forest, Ontario; also my great-aunt has done research for about 40 years on the Alfords and Teares around London, Ontario and I have much of her research.  I am descended from Joel Alldred who helped settle Scugog Island in the 1840's and the Lansings who married into that family. I'd be happy to fill in what history I can; I just joined wikitree after filling out much of my info in ancestry, where I tried to find confirm the family tree with source material.
answered by Ann Lansing G2G2 (2.2k points)

Welcome Ann, Once you've settled in, started your tree and have signed the Honour Code, we'd love to have you join the project. You may already have a distant cousin here on WikiTree! Lois Wilson is the project manager for Nelson Alldred, who was born on Scugog Island in 1872. There's also a profile for Thomas Teare, born in 1835 in London. I'm sure there are others as well. Typing in the surname in the green box at the top of any profile and hitting the magnifying glass icon will bring up a list of profiles with that name. If a profile doesn't have a profile manager, you can adopt it. (Several of the London Teares don't.) If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Thomas Teare was my 2nd great-grandfather and I have extensive genealogy of that family with some photos from my great-aunt. I am related to Nelson Alldred's family via two of his aunts, Fannie and Sarah Elizabeth Allred. Fannie Alldred Burr was my 3rd great-grandmother and her much younger sister Sarah Elizabeth was my 2nd great-grandmother. So yes, I already do have distant cousins on WikiTree! I've already started my tree and I think I've already signed the Honour Code but will check; it will take me a while to get information entered. Thanks!
That's great, Ann! I'm particularly looking forward to seeing the photos.
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I would like to join the Ontario Project. I have family connections dating back to mid 1800s in Northumberland and Frontenac Counties.
answered by C Ibey G2G Rookie (250 points)
Welcome! Please add Ontario to your followed tags.
+2 votes
I would love to join. My Borland family is from Bowmanville, Port Hope, Haldimand area in Ontario. William Borland settled there right around 1800.

Nancy Baker
answered by Nancy Baker G2G Rookie (260 points)
Happy to have you join, Nancy. William Borland, as you probably know, is Robert Borland's ancestor ( He qualifies as one of our Notable Ontarians, so when you've added him to your tree, let me know and I'll help you add the sticker and category to the profile.
+2 votes
Hi there. Please add me to the project. The bulk of my research is in Southern Ontario. Thank you!
answered by David Beneteau G2G Crew (770 points)
Mags has added the Canadian History Project badge to your profile now, so you're now officially a member of our Ontario sub-project!
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i am the fourth great grand niece of Jonathan Petch who was a ships carpenter during the battle of Trafalgar and was awarded a large amount of land near toronto.
answered by Amanda Arrowsmith G2G Crew (670 points)
Welcome, Amanda. We'll definitely have to find out more about Mr. Petch! I'll pass your name along to Susie MacLeod and get you signed up.

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