Webinar — Researching your Indigenous ancestors in Northern Ontario

On Tuesday, May 18, the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre within Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario is holding a free Zoom webinar on how to research Indigenous ancestors in Northern Ontario, starting at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

The webinar will be led by the centre’s digital archives technician, Jenna Lemay.

The webinar will cover how to get started researching your Indigenous ancestors, what kind of records to look at and where to find them, and how to read those documents, along with many other tips and tricks you can use when carrying out research on your family history.

Ms. Lemay told the Toronto Star that Indigenous people often had their names forcibly changed by an Indian agent or at residential school, and they would be made to adopt a Western first and last name as opposed to the more traditional naming conventions.

“If an ancestor or family has an Indigenous name, as opposed to a Western one, there can be a huge range in spellings for that name since the record creators didn’t speak the language. This can make it really hard to search if you don’t know how the name was spelled,” Ms. Lemay said. “This also ties into transcription which is what most online searches are going to be based off of: older writing can be hard to read and if it’s an unfamiliar name, the transcriber will often not get it right which can further complicate the search.”

There is no registration. Just click on the link, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86007249543, at the scheduled time.

CTV also carried a story on the upcoming webinar.

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Posted On: May 12, 2021 at 06:10AM