Lisa A. Alzo, who wrote a guide to Canadian genealogy research for the May 2008 Family Tree Magazine (on sale March 18), sent these five questions you should ask yourself (though we think theyd be helpful for research all over the globe):
Canadian research has much in common with research elsewhereyour best chances for success will come from having laid a solid foundation. That means being able to answer the genealogical version of the Five Ws:
1. Whom are you researching? Be equipped with all the names your relatives were known by, and all the possible spellings.
2. What do you want to learn? This will give you some insight into what record you need to locate.
3. Where should you look? Canadas a big country and records were mostly created and stored locally, and under an areas geographic name at the time.
4. When did it happen? As in other places, different types of Canadian records were kept starting at different times. If your research starts before certain records were kept, youll need to find an alternate record to study. And whats more, the way variousrecord groups were created and stored changed over time.
5. Why do you need a particular record? For example, maybe you want that marriage registration to learn the names of the couples parents. Knowing that can help keep you focused and open up possibilities for research in other records.
Look for Alzos advice to finding and using genealogical records in the May 2008 Family Tree Magazine.