Jennifer Smart, MLIS

As far back as I can remember, I have been interested in my family history. I was lucky enough to have two great aunts – my paternal grandfather’s sisters – who were born storytellers. Not only did they share family stories with their grand niece and nephews, but their entire apartment was filled with heirlooms each carrying their own stories. I was fascinated by these people I felt like I knew but who were gone long before I was even born.

I have been doing genealogical research – both my own family history and others – for over twenty-five years. My research ability has been enhanced by my nearly two decades as a professional librarian.

I want to tell people’s stories. Whether it’s tracing their life and movements through censuses, birth/marriage/death records and ship’s passenger lists or attempting to place them in larger historical context through newspapers and general historical research, my hope is to bring these people to life the way my great aunts did for me.

Most of my research has been into Canadian, American and English records but I have also worked with Irish, Scottish, German and Polish records. I continue to refine and enhance my skill set so even if your family hails from elsewhere, I may still be able to assist you. Please contact me to discuss.

In addition to hands-on research, I am working towards my Certificate in Canadian Genealogy from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies and am a member of both the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Alberta Family History Society.