Frequently Asked Questions

While we welcome e-mail from anyone, on any topic, we often see a number of similar questions. Before e-mailing us, checking this list may save you some trouble.

Note that the material on this web site is material that we, the hosts of, are interested in. We offer up the information on this site as a hobby, and as a pay-back for all the useful information made available on the internet by others. For the most part, we have nothing to do with any of the places, companies, or institutions featured here.

Table of Contents

  1. Do you have anything to do with any of the churches or cemeteries shown on your site?
  2. Can you send me information on Toronto? (Or Moosonee? etc.)
  3. Can I use one of the photos on your web site?
  4. Can we exchange links?
  5. My last name is Boldt (or Moll, etc). Do you have information on my ancestors?
  6. Do you know the address (or phone number) of ...?
  7. What kind of camera do you use? (updated)
  8. How is "Yonge Street" pronounced? What is the origin of the name?
  9. I'd like to send you a file. What file formats do you prefer?
  10. I think you're wrong!
  11. What is your e-mail address?

1: Do you have anything to do with any of the churches or cemeteries shown on your site?

Occasionally, we get questions specifically related to particular churches or cemeteries featured here. For example, "Can I get married at the Prayer Palace?", or "Does St. Patricks collect cash register receipts for charity?". We've received such questions even after adding a short, easy to answer quiz to ensure that questioners do actually read this FAQ! And so now I've felt compelled to expand on the previous one word answer to this question.

So, do we have anything to do with any of the churches or cemeteries featured here? Well, I occasionally attended the weekly service at one church about 20 years ago, and we attended a wedding service at another. Also, the minister at a local church is the brother of a high school classmate. Apart from these trivial connections, we have nothing to do with any of the churches or cemeteries shown here.

Now that you know the answer to this question, what do you do next? Generally, we try to add links to an official church web site where we know one exists. But the best way to contact a real person at the church you're interested in is to search for the church using Google, or to look up their phone number in the phone book.

2: Can you send me information on Toronto? (Or Moosonee? etc.)

No, we're not a tourism office or travel agency. Check our pages for links for further information.

Nor are we a research agency. If you ask us a question, we would likely redirect you to someone more appropriate. If you have a question about something mentioned here, almost certainly a little bit more research on your part will uncover a more appropriate person or organization for your question.

On the other hand, if you're looking for opinions and impressions of a particular place, feel free to ask. Perhaps we can tell you some things that a tourism office won't tell you!

3: Can I use one of the photos on your web site?


However, we sometimes grant use of our photos provided they are used for non-profit purposes. But you must ask permission first.

For example, generally, we give permission to non-profit institutions such as registered charities or churches.

On the other hand, feel free to link to the page that includes the picture you're interested in. After all, linking is what the world-wide web is all about.

4: Can we exchange links?


If you have a web page with information on a topic related to something here, then please feel free to ask. I am especially interested in linking to pages of personal photos of your home town or city in Ontario.

On the other hand, I'm not interested in exchanging links just for the purpose of exchanging links. Long lists of random unrelated links serve no purpose other than attempting to increase the ranking of your page in certain search tools. (Besides, search tools can easily determine the nature of such pages anyways, and rate the value of such links appropriately.)

5: My last name is Boldt (or Moll, etc). Do you have information on my ancestors?

Probably not.

But first check the Boldt Index or the Moll Index. These are all the people we have information on. If the people you're interested in are not in these lists, then we don't know anything about them.

Also check our pages Genealogy, Moll Family, or Boldt Family for links to other potentially useful web pages.

Please note that just because a name you're interested in is in one of our indexes, it doesn't necessarily mean that the information is connected to your data. Unrelated people all over can share the same surname. This is especially true in the Netherlands, where the partonymic naming system was commonly used up until the early 19th century. (For example, a person named Dirk Gerritsen may have a father named Gerrit Beertsen.)

6: Do you know the address (or phone number) of ...?

Probably not, and I'd have to look it up for you. You could do that yourself, by going to the .Canada 411 web site.

7: What kind of camera do you use?

Most of the photos here were taken on an Olympus 35mm SLR that I bought in 1980. Most of them were scanned to CD using commercial services, but some were scanned using an Epson scanner.

We once used the "Scan to Internet" service offered by Black's, but the quality wasn't very good. They're inexpensive, but cheap. And we've had problems with their service. We also tried the Kodak Picture CD service. But although others have had good success, our test rolls were poorly scanned. Lately, we've gotten the best results from a local Kodak Image Center. It's a bit more expensive, but the quality of the scans is very good and the staff there really know what they're doing. They also have the best price on single print reprints from digital media.

However, time moves on and film has become somewhat passé. I've now retired my Olympus, and I now use a Minolta digital camera. Digital photography changes everything about photography, and has brought me closer to my roots.

When I started into photography as a serious hobby in the early 1970's, I shot on black and white film. By developing film in your own home darkroom, photography is inexpensive enough that you can shoot all you want without worrying too much about the cost of each photo. And so you could afford to take chances.

Later, after I moved to Toronto, it wasn't as convenient to do darkroom work, and so most of my pictures were on color slide film, and later on color print film. I still took some nice photos, but few with the same creative edge as my earlier black and white pictures.

But now, digital photography has arrived. With digital, you no longer have to worry about the cost of each photo, and you can easily afford to take chances. You can't afford not to take chances! Sure, many more photos are crap, but that's okay - just don't bother saving those. You still end up with more good photos.

And after looking at some photos I recently shot (some good, some not so good), I realised that some of them looked better in black and white. (Here is one of them.) By desaturating your photos, you often eliminate distracting elements, leaving the essence of the composition. So again, this really brings me back to my roots!

8: How is "Yonge Street" pronounced? What is the origin of the name?

A few people have actually asked us this question!

Toronto's Yonge Street is pronounced the samed as the word "young". Yonge Street was named after Sir George Yonge, British Secretary at War.

9: I'd like to send you a file. What file formats do you prefer?

No one has actually asked us this question, but it is only common courtesy to ask before sending a file to ensure that the intended recipient can actually handle the file.

For genealogy data, the data format preferred by genealogists around the world is Gedcom format.

For text documents, the formats we prefer are either plain text or WordPerfect format. Please do not send documents in Microsoft Word format - we don't use MS Word. (Actually, we use no Microsoft software at all here!)

10: I think you're wrong!

We don't claim to be perfect. If you can correct us on any factual matter, please do so.

On the other hand, if you disagree with an opinion expressed, tough! It's still a free country, and like you, we're entitled to our opinions. If you'd like to express your opinion, I suggest that you develop your own web site.

11: What is your e-mail address?

Do you really want to send us an e-mail? First, check if your question is already answered here.

To emphasize one point: Although it is mentioned elsewhere, note that we have nothing to do with the majority of things illustrated here. If you have a specific question on a particular church or cemetery (for example) we're not the people to ask.

Before proceeding, I must ask you to answer a few questions in order to determine if you have indeed read this FAQ:

1) Do we have anything to do with any of the churches or cemeteries shown on this web site? No
Probably not
2) Can we exchange links? No
Probably not

Why go through this extra step? First, this is an attempt to hide our e-mail address from spammers, while keeping a link that you can easily click on to bring up your e-mail program. We hope you will understand the need for this one extra step.

Secondly, answering these simple questions ensures that you don't waste your time asking a question that's either inappropriate or is already answered here.