About Upper Canada Genealogy
Upper Canada Genealogy is dedicated to helping
people learn about their early Ontario ancestors.
In founding this company, I decided to focus on
the Upper Canada period - 1791 to1841 - because it
is the toughest to research (for beginners and
professionals alike!). In this period, there are
no colony-wide censuses, no civil registration
(certificates of birth, marriage and death) and no
centralized repository for church records.
However, this doesn't mean that research is
impossible in this period - far from it! It just
takes a little more time, effort and expertise.
This is where Upper Canada Genealogy comes in.
My goal is to provide the best and most
comprehensive set of resources for family
history research in this period. This includes
professional research services, indexes to
hard-to-access records, free reference resources
with information about Upper Canada history,
geography and resource centres, and links to
other useful sites.
About Janice Nickerson, MA, UE
Family history research has been my passion for
over 35 years. In my spare time I pored through
books in libraries, squinted at microfilm in
archives and wrote letters to ever increasing
numbers of relatives. In university, my research
projects invariably focused on some aspect of my
studying anthropology in graduate school, I
decided to make genealogy my life's work,
specializing in Upper Canada to help others
researching in this difficult period and
location. Since that time, I've developed
additional speciaties in fur trade research,
criminal justice records, and turning bare bones
genealogies into full-fledged family histories.
In addition to researching my clients' family
histories, I also do heir searching for the
Public Trustee, give talks to genealogical
societies and write for genealogical magazines.
Special projects have included providing
"behind-the-scenes" genealogical research for
the CBC TV program "Who Do You Think You Are?"
(aired October 2007 to February 2008) and
working with the Toronto Museum Services to
identify and commemorate the Upper Canadian
militia men from the York region who died in the
war of 1812.
I also lecture to groups throughout Ontario on
the following topics:
me for specific lecture titles and
descriptions or new topic ideas.
- Justice in Upper Canada
- Biographical research on Upper Canada
- Pre-confederation research in Ontario,
Canada West and Upper Canada
- Research Tips
- Applying the Genealogical Proof Standard to
- Sharing family history with your
- Lecture Fee: $150 (+HST)
- Expenses: Travel, meals and accommodation
for lectures outside Toronto
As a member of the Association of Professional
Genealogists (and past chair of the Ontario
chapter), I support its stringent code of ethics,
including the principles of truthfulness, clarity
and accuracy, and a commitment to support the
collection and preservation of historical and
I am a proud 8th-generation Canadian, with
English, German, Irish, Welsh and First Nations
Comments, suggestions and questions about any
aspect of this website or the products and
services we offer are welcome. Please contact me
or by mail at:
Upper Canada Genealogy, Suite 2807, 33
Isabella Street, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2P7