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York Region Ancestors is published quarterly for branch members, and contains a wealth of information of interest to researchers with interests in York County. Articles, research tips, and items of genealogical interest for York County are welcome for publication.

Branch members are entitled to 2 free queries per year, at 50 words or less each, plus name and address (please avoid using short forms, capitalize all surnames, include a date and York County location, and add your OGS and York Region Branch membership numbers).

Articles and queries can be e-mailed to the Newsletter Editor, and are subject to editorial discretion.

Alternatively, articles and queries from non-members, and branch members who surpass their two free queries, may be submitted at the rate of $3.00 each (pre-paid) and snail-mailed to the Newsletter Editor, c/o York Region Branch, OGS, Harding Post Office, Box 32215, Richmond Hill, ON, Canada L4C 9S3.

York Region Ancestors, 1996-2006 is available on CD. See the Subject Index for 1996-2012.

The 2007-2012 issues are available on the York Region Branch Members' site.

View sample pages of York Region Ancestors May/June 2006 (PDF). Includes "Notes on the FENTON Family of East Gwillimbury Township", "More 'W' Entries from York Region Estate Files" and "1906 & 1907 Entries from Anna Burkholder's Death Books". 

2009, Volume 15
December, No. 4
York Region Estate Files - "HO" & "DA" surnames • Markham Economist index - Jul 1867 to Jul 1869 • Upper Canada Sundries - 1813 Treason Reports
September, No. 3
Markham Economist Index - Jan 1865 to Jul 1867 • Disappearing Hamlets of York Region - Whitchurch-Stouffville • The Summer of 1816
May/June, No. 2
York Region Estate Files - "SM to ST" surnames • Markham Economist index - Jan 1864 to Dec 1864 • Disappearing Hamlets of York Region - East Gwillimbury Township • Dalziel Pioneer Cemetery
February, No. 1
Disappearing Hamlets of York Region - Georgina Township • Tracing Your Ontario French Ancestors back to Quebec • Markham Economist Index - Dec 1862 to Dec 1863 • 1864 Newmarket Fire Brigade
2008, Volume 14
December, No. 4
The Family of Thomas and Martha Speight of Markham • Markham Economist Index - Mar 1861 to Dec 1862 • - The Stobie Urn of Richmond Hill
September, No. 3
York Region Estate Files - "CA to CL" surnames Descendants of Zechariah Ackred/Acred Online Military resources for UK, American and Canadian servicemen
May/June, No. 2
Markham Economist Index - Apr 1860 - March 1861 • New Library Additions • Unusual and Overlooked Sources for Research  • Muster Roll of Capt. John Willson’s Company, 1st Regt. of York Militia, 1813  • Index to History of Newmarket
February, No. 1
York Region Estate Files - Transcripts of "LO-LY" Surnames • Clendenen Cemetery Dedication Nov 2007 • Markham Economist Index - Oct 1859 to Apr 1860  • Roll of the 3rd Regiment of York Militia 1812/13 • Index to History of Newmarket
2007, Volume 13
December, No. 4 
York Region Estate Files - Transcripts of "U" and "LO" Surnames • The Whilloughby Family of North Gwillimbury Twp. • Markham Economist Index - Nov 1858 to Oct 1859  • Lindemann/Smith/Waggoner & Kramer Connections •
September, No. 3
The Houle War Medals Find a Home • York Region in 1846 • Markham Economist Entries from March to October 1858  • Ontario Volunteer Awards • York Branch 10th Anniversary Photographs
May/June, No. 2
Pattenden Family Home in Aurora • Bring your Ancestors Alive through their Death Notices • New on the Internet  • Genealogy & Genetics - a y-DNA Surname Study • Markham Economist Index - Oct 1857 to Feb 1858 • Book Reviews & York Branch Library News • Book Reviews
February, No. 1
York County Estate Files, Transcripts, S, T and U Surnames • Markham Economist Vital Statistics Index, July 1856-September 1857 • Georgina Township Pioneer Village and Museum
2006, Volume 12
December, No. 4
York Region Entries from the "Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York" • 1909 "Death Book" entries--the Final Installment • Branch Member Nanci Pattenden is featured on "Ancestors in the Attic" • Family History in Photographs  • Notes and References for the Musselman Family of York Co.
September, No. 3
Transcript of "S" Surname Estate Files from the Archives of Ontario • 1907 & 1908 entries from Anna Burkholder's "Death Books" • York Region entries from the "Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York" • Book Reviews
May/June, No. 2
Notes on the FENTON Family of East Gwillimbury Township • Some 1883 Birth Registrations for North Gwillimbury Twp. • More "W" Entries from York Region Estate Files • 1906 & 1907 Entries from Anna Burkholder's Death Books • Branch Library Updates
February, No. 1
Some 1890 Death Registrations for the Town of Aurora • More of Anna Burkholder's Death Books - Entries from 1904 and 1905 • Transcriptions of York Region Estate Files - "W" Surnames • Some Medical Terms Explained
2005, Volume 11
December 2005, No. 4
Richmond Hill's Susannah Maxwell, age 117 years • Some 1897 Birth Registrations for East Gwillimbury Twp. • Obituary of Russell (Curly) Lynett of Richmond Hill • 1832 Auction Sale of articles belonging to the late Robert Johnston of Markham Twp.
September 2005, No. 3
Teachers at Mt. Joy Public School, Markham, 1878-1946 • Part VIII - Marion Keffer's Shoebox Index to Richmond Hill Liberal 1882-94 (V-Y) • Robbery and Kidnapping in Aurora, 1931 • 1873 Birth Registrations for North Gwillimbury Township • Harrington Family Bible  • Esther (Willson) Castator
May/June 2005, No. 2
Date With a Tombstone • Some 1887 Death Registrations for Markham Township • What's New with Estate Files? • York Region Estate Files from MS 638 Reel 73 • Branch Publications  • Part VII - Marion Keffer's Index to the Richmond Hill Liberal
February 2005, No. 1
Thomason Family of King Township • John Haaacke: A Pioneer of Markham Township • Looking for Battle of York (1813) Documents and Material • Part VI - Marion Keffer's shoebox index to the Richmond Hill Liberal 1882-94 (P-R)
2004, Volume 10
December 2004, No. 4
Part II - Markham Primitive Methodist Circuit - Baptisms 1874-1882 • Some 1886 Birth Registrations for Markham Township • 4-Steps to Pennsylvania Research • Part V - Marion Keffer's shoebox index to the Richmond Hill Liberal 1882-94 (M-P)  • Obituary of Maria (Bowers) Widdis
September 2004, No. 3
Markham's Past Comes Alive with Paper of Record - Markham Economist • Yonge Street in 1801 - Surveyor General's Report • Part IV - Marion Keffer's shoebox index to the Richmond Hill Liberal 1882-94 (J-M) • Markham Primitive Methodist Baptisms - Part I - 1866-1874 • Some 1901 Vaughan Twp Birth Registrations • York Region Strays - Vol14, 2003 • York Region Branch Book Reviews • Birth Registration of Anna Beatrice Patchell, King Twp, 1870
May/June 2004, No. 2  
Thomas Clark: Drunken Tom to Happy Tom - His Life Story • John Williamson & Family of Markham Township • Family of John & Ann (Mercer) Porter of Vaughan Township • Marion Keffer's Shoebox Index to the Richmond Hill Liberal, Pt. III 1882-1894 • OGS Strays Project - York Region Entries Vol. 13, 2003
February, No. 1
York County Families in Trinity Methodist Church Records • Some 1896 Death Registrations for Markham Township • Notes Stolen in Vaughan Twp 1834--Martin McKinnon • Marion Keffer's Shoebox Index to the Richmond Hill Liberal, Pt. II  • The Kreider Family
2003, Volume 9
December, No. 4
McQuarrie Family of Vaughan Township • 1818 Petition of the Lutherans of Vaughan and Markham Townships • Marion Keffer's Shoebox Index to Richmond Hill Liberal 1882 to 1894 • Some Ontario Birth Registrations - Whitchurch Twp 1875 - Markham Twp 1879  • Family Bible of Josephus & Mary (Klinck) Baker of Markham Twp.
September, No. 3
Hacking/Graham mix-up in the 1871 Census of Whitchurch Twp • Maple Presbyterian Church, Vaughan Twp - Baptisms 1865-1871 • Peter Buckendahl & Family of Markham Twp • Some 1900 Birth Registrations for King Twp
May/June, No. 2
Black Families in York County--1871 • Some 1871 Birth Registrations for North Gwillimbury Township • The Family of Johan Engelhard Helmke--the First Three Generations • 1901 Census Online Indexing Project • The Brooks Family of Nobleton, King Twp. • Do You Descend from Samuel Pegg of East Gwillimbury Twp.?
February, No. 1
Family Bible of Abram Pipher & Sophia Smith of Whitchurch • Some 1884 Vaughan Twp. Birth Registrations • The Crossland Triplets • The Size Will Case-Anthony Size's Probate Goes to Trial • Overseas Deaths Reported in the Markham Economist
2002, Volume 8
December, No. 4
Birth, Marriage & Death Index, Markham Sun,  Apr 1881-Apr 1882 • Eliza Naish Diary - Final Installment • Some 1905 King Twp. Birth Registrations • The Sisler Family of Whitchurch Twp. • The Hamlet of Hope, Vaughan Twp. • Margaret Sisley - A Centurion in Richmond Hill, 1887
September, No. 3
Arnolds of York County • Early York County Place Names, Part II, N to Z • Part 4 - Eliza Naish Diary - Deaths • The Humphrey Family • Dorothy Shier's Presentation "Home Children of Canada"
May/June, No. 2
Part 3 - Deaths recorded in Eliza Naish's Diary • Ontario Marriages 1800-1924: Mary Crandall's website • Part I - Early York County Place Names - A to M • John George Stiver and his long-lost son, 1895 • Recent York Branch Library Acquisitions
February, No. 1
The Family of John & Catherine (Dains) WINFIELD of Georgina Township • Vaughan Township SNIDER & FISHER Families, New Information Found • Small Pox in Markham Township, February 1880, Newspaper Accounts • Elizabeth Naish's Diary, Part II, Marriages 1852-1882 • Publication Notice: York County Men & Women Who Gave Their Lives In World War 1. Vol. 2, Toronto City
2001, Volume 7
December, No. 4
The Diary of Elizabeth NAISH of Whitchurch Township -- Birth, Death & Marriage Entries, 1884+ • Quaker Resources in Newmarket • 1800 Tax List of Muncey Township Pennsylvania, listing some Quaker Families that later came on to York County • Birthplaces Found in Henry R. Corson's Enumeration - District 13, Markham Township 1861
September, No. 3
Part IV--Old Country Residences from the "Markham Economist" January 1893 - December 1899 • The German Family Bible of Abraham & Sarah HEISE • A History of Pine Grove Mills in Vaughan Township • Some York County Multiple Birth Registrations for 1876
May/June, No. 2
Mrs. COBER's Christian Name • St. James Cemetery, Toronto • Anna (HOOVER) BURKHOLDER's "Death Books" 1900-1901 • Unionville Circuit Methodist Financial Report, 1899 • Toronto Emigration Office Records (1831-1892) • Principles of old naming patterns
February, No. 1
(Winner of the 2003 Marion Keffer Award for Best Overall Newsletter)
Triplets born in Unionville, May 1865 to William & Martha (COXWORTH) PADGETT • Anna BURKHOLDER's "Death Books", Book 1, 1898/99, Deaths recorded by Anna in her Notebook • From Markham to Temiskaming in 1897 • Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Plaque Dedication • More Georgina Township Birth Records, 1900-1902 • Looking for A.J. CLARK (1878-1933) of Toronto & Richmond Hill
2000, Volume 6
December, No. 4
Is this your "Grandma BURGESS"? Unidentified Photograph • Report on Colloquium 2000 • Old Country Residences from the Markham Economist, Part III, Jan.1883-Dec.1892 • Where Can I Find That Record? Boundary Changes in York County • 1924 Ontario Death Registrations - A Wealth of Information, example is Death Registration of Thomas Gabriel MASON (1835-1924) of North Gwillimbury • A Centenarian - Azella Hotstock (1824-1924)
September, No. 3
The Cemetery Cairns of Vaughan Township  • The Family Bible of Maxson JONES of Whitchurch Township   • Some Georgina Township Birth Records 1897-1900
May/June, No. 2
Wm. ASHTON's Common School List, Whitchurch Township, 1833 Epidemics in East Gwillimbury Township Why Did My GG-Grandfather Settle Where He Did? Old Country Residences from the Markham Economist, Part II, Jan 1867-Dec 1882 More York Region Militia Lists for 1865 You Know When You're An Addicted Genealogist... Robert Simpson Co. Creative with Troublesome Kin Obituary of Mrs. Phoebe HORNER 1915 A Touch of Romance in the History of the TEAL Family
February, No. 1
Colloquium 2000 Capt. James STOUTENBURGH and his Claim to a Fortune York Region is on the Web The Draft, 1865 Militia lists, Newmarket, Aurora, King, Georgina Genealogies in Grandma's Cookbook, Milliken & Stonehouse Georgina Archives, Family Histories in their Collection Bible entries for the family of James STEWART & Magdalene RANNIE of King Twp. (1820-1953) Richmond Hill Public School, Top Marks, July 1881
1999, Volume 5
December, No. 4
The Value of Unclaimed Mail - Listings of Unclaimed Mail in Local Newspapers A Portrait of James GOLDFINCH, born 1773, of Elham Parish, Kent, England The Meanings behind Gravestone Art Longevity and the Obituaries of David (1807-1890) and Jacob (1798-1895) WISMER of Markham Twp. York Region Publications/Places of Worship: Complete Listing Gold Watches Presented in 1919 to Vaughan Twp. WWI War Veterans Former "Old Country" Residences listed in the Markham Economist 1856-66 In Search of George & Mary WINN of Lloydtown Diphtheria in Whitchurch Twp. in 1888 - Children of Jonas COOK Recorded Book Reviews
September, No.3
Lloydtown Pioneer Cemetery, King Twp., Restoration Project The Home Children in Canada Buried Treasure: US Revolutionary War Pension of James & Sarah RINDRESS of North Gwillimbury Twp. A Letter to James MUSTARD of Markham Twp., Dated 1815 Cemeteries in Markham Twp. Obituary of Dunkard Preacher, Rev. Frederick ELLIOTT (1852-1919) Useful Addresses for Research in York County
May/June, No.2
Jacob GROFF's 1845 Mennonite Subscriber's List Finding the SANDERS Family - Bible Entries for George & Fanny Sanders CLIMENHAGA Genealogy: Information on the Children of Johann Hendrick Climenhaga/Kleimenhagen of Waldeck, Germany Purchasers at the Feb. 1812 Estate Sale of Adam GOHN of Markham Twp. More on the 1911 Census Issue Book Review - Local Histories of Ontario Municipalities 1987-97: A Bibliography (1999) Barbara Aiken
February, No.1
Pennsylvania Fraktur found in York Co: Birth Record of the Family of Johann Nicholas & Anna (WEBER) KIMMEL of Pennsylvania Birth Registrations of the Children of Isaac Mark and Catherine SHAVER (1869-1880) Grace Anglican Church, Markham Twp., Baptism Index 1849-62 York County War of 1812 Veterans in 1875 Changes to Research in London, England Obituary of Joseph BARKEY (1811-1886), Mennonite Preacher
1998, Volume 4
December, No. 4
ROGERS Family Connections The Junior Farmers Association
September, No. 3
Account of Day Trip to Sunnidale Twp., in Simcoe Co. Story of John POWERS of Sunnidale Twp. 1885 List of Justices of the Peace in the North Riding of York Obituary of John Clinton HOGABOOM of Newmarket
May, No. 2
Personal Experiences of Canadian Immigrants List of Markham Pioneers and their Loyalist Connections Inscribing on a Gravestone
February, No. 1
The Quarriers Story, Orphaned Children Sent to Canada in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries Early Settlers of York County

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