There are also many good sites about homesteaders in the west that are available online for those of you who have the need.
To find out more about my Knights follow the above link.
Helpful Aids for Research
This has actually become a vehicle for me to write a book about several of my family ancestors.
Most who want to do research tend to join genealogy sites that provide the information at your fingertips. However these sites sometimes miss the small details that can make a story come to life. They also are not available to those who do not have the money to join. I will try to present you with some sites I have found very useful. It is by the thanks to genealogists like myself that have given their time to provide us with tools that help us along the way. Remember to send the occasional thanks to these wonderful souls who are helping us preserve our family history. Remember the free sites count on volunteers and information we can provide to keep them abreast.
Ancestry, one of the largest sites for family history has a library version that is available to all. Just go to your local library and check it out. Plan to spend some time there as it take awhile to understand how to maneuver around it and find what you are looking for.
I love the censuses. The Canadian Censuses are available to all of us free of charge. There is a lot of information in these documents depending on the year. All include the family members and marital status. Age and even birthdate is available on some, as well as religion and occupation. These have helped me greatly over the years.
There are some other areas in the Government site that are very helpful as well. Once there you can search the entire site for information that may be pertinent to you.
Some cemetery sites in Ontario and elswhere
Billiongraves Cemetery Project This Cemetery site covers 72 countries including 52 US States and 10 Canadian Provinces. Not entirely free and not too familiar with the site.
CanadaGenWeb's Cemetery Project This one is extensive for Canada
Cemsearch In Search of our Roots Specifically for people who are "in search of their roots" in a 10 county area in south-central Ontario. I was able to find ancestors in a tiny Pioneer Cemetery not available elsewhere.
These are just a few. There are so many more that can be of help as well
McGill Maps: A collection maps from 1880, of Ontario Counties. One can actually find the original homestead of their ancestors from that time period. There is also information as to their profession in some cases.
Summing it up
Some are easier to navigate than others but I am amazed that I find new information constantly.
I am presently exploring my Knight family history. This family has given me some trouble and confusion over the years. Yesterday I made a great breakthrough with several of the children of Richard Knight and Frances May-Knight. Through a new cemetery site I visited recently Cemsearch I was able to sort out several of the children that posed a problem for me. Even though I had visited the cemetery in question, a few years back, where most of the stones are worn and in disrepair. Thanks to the creators of Cemsearch you helped me uncover new information
My Knight family are showcased this week. There are still much more information that I am discovering about the Knights. I will post as I find it. Visit my families (any or all) and perhaps find out a link between yours and mine. If you have anything to share that I have missed please post a comment and I will get back to you. If it can help me get the info out I will be glad to post it.