Digital registries, when paired with our comprehensive kinship and genealogical analysis, support Indigenous rights assertions and self-determination. They are essential to developing and maintaining accurate, efficient citizenship details for Indigenous Nations. 

Know History is the only historical research firm in Canada that designs customized registry systems that help Indigenous clients connect contemporary citizens to their ancestors and historical communities. We have more experience than any other historical services firm in Canada in tracing Indigenous genealogy. Our specialization in large-scale research projects is rooted in technology that compiles and retrieves information from thousands of data sources at once, gleaned from genealogical documents from archives and libraries across Canada and beyond. We are adept at navigating the challenges presented by colonial record-keeping, especially when it comes to the nuances of Indigenous mobility and naming practices. 

We work closely with each client to find the best solutions for storing, updating and interpreting membership information. We have developed and currently operate registries for Indigenous communities with more than 20,000 members. 

Genealogical and kinship analysis can also be an important resource in land claims proceedings because it clearly documents and visualizes the settlement and land use of historic communities. 

What We Offer

  • Family and community tree development
  • Social network analysis
  • Research requests
  • Archival research
  • Document collections
  • Bibliographies
  • Claims support
  • Registries
  • Database development
  • Database maintenance
  • Digitization
  • File processing and assessment
  • Client training
  • Registry review

Partner Stories 

Métis Nation of Ontario

Know History has worked closely with the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) for many years doing everything from genealogical research, Social Network Analysis, and identification of historic Métis populations and communities. In 2017, we conducted a review of more than 20,000 citizen files and citizenship applications in support of the MNO’s work towards self-government. 

Beginning in 2018, Know History collaborated with Hatfield Consultants to create a custom database for the MNO Registry. We built the Secure Archival Source Historical database (SASH) to contain all of the data and historical and genealogical sources collected during prior research projects that we did for the MNO, including the review of citizen files. The database allows the MNO to link contemporary citizens to historic Métis family members. Each individual in the database has their own profile with numerous facts attached that provide a snapshot of that person’s life events (e.g., places and dates of birth, baptism, marriage, and residence). Each fact is supported by a historical or modern official document (e.g., a marriage record or a pay list). In this way, SASH allows the MNO to easily access information about the seven historic Métis communities in Ontario, and their contemporary Métis citizenship. 

Know History’s work supports MNO citizens’ cultural, social, political and economic well-being. It also helps to identify and register MNO Harvesters in Ontario, in support of the Métis Nation’s Aboriginal Rights as recognized and affirmed under Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.