FamilySearch and Ontario Ancestors Announce Book Scanning Project

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch Canada Digital Book Initiative

Ontario Ancestors and FamilySearch International announced their new book scanning partnership. Under the agreement, FamilySearch will provide specialized book scanning services and support volunteers in exchange for access to Ontario Ancestors’ extensive library of historical and genealogical books. Digitized documents will be publicly available on both websites. Digitization is scheduled to begin by the end of 2020, depending on pandemic restrictions.

This agreement is a first for a genealogical society in Canada. Steve Fulton, UE, and president of Ontario Ancestors, said, “This agreement has no direct cost to us, but the benefits to the society are immeasurable.” Fulton added that the agreement is a direct result of many conversations Ontario Ancestors has had with a number of partners, and [it] is a key to delivering on the society’s goal of building up its digital presence by utilizing strong partnerships.

Dennis Meldrum, FamilySearch manager of book scanning partnerships, says Ontario Ancestors has one of the largest collections of family history and genealogy books in Canada. “It will be a privilege to work with Ontario Ancestors to digitize and share their impressive collection of books not under copyright,” said Meldrum.

This is the second time the two organizations have partnered on records preservation and access. The first digitization project was the Vernon Directories that began in 2019 (Search the Ontario Vernon Directories).

About Ontario Ancestors

Ontario Ancestors (also known as the Ontario Genealogical Society), an Ontario not-for-profit corporation and a registered Canadian charity (Reg. # 119248680 RR0001), was founded in 1961 with the vision of being recognized as the authority and leader in all aspects of Ontario-related family history research, preservation, and communication. The mission of the society is to encourage, bring together, and assist those interested in the pursuit of family history and to preserve Ontario’s genealogical heritage. Ontario Ancestors has 30 geographically based branches throughout Ontario together with special interest groups (British Home Children, Scottish, Ireland, East European and Irish-Palatine).

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.


As an adoptee I never had a family tree. Only a few names which I plugged into my family tree when I began. Names of my ancestors began to form my first family tree. Words cannot express the feelings I had then and continue to have as I have a connection with my past and my heritage. I can finally share this with my family which also gives them a connection with their ancestry. I am forever grateful.


    Winona M.Whitehead Nee: Ethel Harriette Read September 2, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    Sylvia, you are so fortunate to have found a beginning. I am still hunting and I am 92 years old. My birth parents gave fictitious names on the birth certificate which left me out in the cold but I am still looking for clues. At one point I turned out to be Swedish and Norwegian, and then another new set of parents put me in Ireland, etc., etc. I still aim to solve “MY” mystery but not for another 100 years – time may have run out by then.


Thank you very much for such an interesting article! I was very pleased to read it and I got a lot of pleasure.


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