Searching for Surnames in Canada

Searching for Surnames in Canada


by Kathryn Lake Hogan

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Searching for Surnames in Canada


Library and Archives Canada is the best website to assist in your surname study in Canada. Learn which databases can help you find the ancestors and relatives you're researching.


This was presented as part of The Surname Society's inaugural virtual conference.


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Presenter: Kathryn Lake Hogan

​It all started when Kathryn Lake Hogan, UE, PLCGS, was a Girl Guide leader wanting the girls in her group to learn about their heritage. Why not teach them about researching their family history? To do so, Kathryn had to first learn how to research her own ancestry. That was over 18 years ago, and today, Kathryn is an author, educator, speaker and professional genealogist specialising in finding your ancestors in Canada. She is the owner of the Canadian-based genealogy business, Looking4Ancestors.


The author of Digging Your Canadian Roots, as well as fifteen mini-research guides featuring Canadian genealogy, Kathryn has also written articles for FamilyTree magazine, and The In-Depth Genealogist.


Kathryn is the past Dominion Genealogist of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, and a past Director-at-Large with the Association of Professional Genealogists. Currently, she is the Canadian virtual chat coordinator with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, as well as one of the founding partners of The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit.


A native of Ontario, Canada, Kathryn continues to reside there with her family. 

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