Genealogy at the Harvey Historical Society we specialize in Harvey, Galway and Cavendish Townships. However we have archives in many other areas including, Peterborough, Victoria, North Thumberland, Durham, Toronto, City of Kawartha Lakes and most of Southern Ontario County.
Genealogy focuses on the study of family history and descendants by using information obtained from oral records, historical records and genetic analysis. It can show your origin and demonstrate kinship. The study of genealogy offers a number of benefits. Researching your family history is a fun way to find out where you came from. Knowing one’s origin can be a very enlightening experience.
Family members are one of the best sources of knowledge in your genealogy. You can ask your relatives for help. Sometime they can give you important information, which may provide you a useful clue for your research. If you just start to research your family’s genealogy, you can start with any papers, documents, certificates, licenses, photos and other resources your ancestors leave. You should carefully study these resources to find the useful information behind.
Like in most things, you should have a good plan. If you do not know where you are going and don’t plan for it, you will reduce the chances of achieving your goal. In genealogy it is useful to put on paper what you are looking for and how you plan to achieve it. This can prevent you from repeatedly going to the same search locations for information. In this way, you can save a lot of time.
Modern technology greatly change the way people conduct genealogical research. With modern means of communication, people no longer need to travel long to find the relevant materials. The Internet brings people great convenience.
People can collect a huge amount of information on the Internet. There are many genealogy Web sites, and some of them are free. But there is much information which is helpless for you. Therefore, you should verify what you find online.
We will be happy to help you with your Family Genealogy in any way we can.