Finding Your Past
Finding Your Past
Karen Black

You Can Find Your Roots                                                                                                                                             

Finding ancestors can be a rewarding, but frustrating experience. Maybe you've asked everybody in your family, but nobody has the answers, or if they do, they're not telling you! Or maybe you've got a shoebox full of looseleaf papers and photos, but you don't know what to do with all those names, dates and stories about great-uncle Joe. Whatever--if you you've got roots in Ontario, I can help you find your family and organize your material too.


f your family member's name was recorded in primary sources such as census records, church records, directories, land records, passenger records, vital statistics or published in an Ontario newspaper, I can find them. Tell me what you've got, decide how much more you want to know and we'll go from there. Packages are available.

About Me

With an Honours BA in English from the University of Western Ontario and an MLS from the University of Toronto, I've become an avid family historian and genealogy librarian who really enjoys research and writing family stories.

So far I've been doing genealogical research for about eighteen years. After obtaining a Certificate in Canadian Studies from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies at the University of Toronto, I decided to specialize in nineteenth century Ontario, Canada.

My own roots are English, Irish and Scottish with a bit of German and French. For those of you who think you may be related [and I run into many distant cousins when I'm working or teaching], I host two personal family websites:


Contact Information

If you would like help with a particular family research project, please
 e-mail me 

Karen E. Black, Hon. B.A.; MLS; PLCGS