Métis Nation of Ontario
500 Old St. Patric St, Unit3
Ottawa, ON
K1N 9G4

Tel.: 613-798-1488
Toll Free: 800-263-4889
Fax: 613-722-4225

The 5 W's - Who When Where What and Why for People

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1. Who are you looking for?  Be open to variables.

  • this could be a person and/or a family group
  • names are important but there maybe spelling variations because the person recording the information does so the way it sounds to them
  • handwriting presents challenges
  • a church record may be the only record available to show a relationship but if is  written in French or Latin and the interpreter may not do this correctly
  • there could be use of a “dit” name, which is when a person used the name they are known as rather than their legal name
Letters That Are Often Confused
L and S K and R
T and F O and Q
J, G and Y P and R
I and J U and W
- Eakle, Arlene Haslam and Johni Cerny, editors.
The Source: a guidebook of American Genealogy.
Salt Lake City: Ancestry Publishing, c1984

2. When are you searching?

  • this could be a definite date or a time period

3. Where are you searching?

4. What are you searching for?

  • these are generally names, dates and events

5. Why are you searching?

  • the reason for conducting Aboriginal research varies from person to person but for those wishing to obtain membership in the Métis Nation of Ontario they are searching for  evidence of Métis ancestry as defined in the definition of Métis used by the Métis Nation of Ontario.
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