Ken McKinlay’s Biography



Embarking on a genealogical adventure over two decades ago, Ken McKinlay’s quest began with a mission to confirm or debunk three family stories. Despite uncovering the truths behind those initial tales, Ken’s passion for delving into his family’s past remains steadfast, fueled by a constant stream of new questions. Starting with Internet research, his methods have evolved to include scouring archives and libraries for elusive clues. Ken has shared his expertise at events hosted by Ontario Ancestors and the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa, as well as with various libraries, museums, and archives. His presentations focus on genealogical methodologies and overcoming genealogy brick walls. Beyond public speaking, Ken shares his insights on his blog, Family Tree Knots (, providing a valuable resource for fellow enthusiasts.