The next time you plan to conduct a “reasonably exhaustive search” to confirm a fact about an ancestor, first take a look at the comprehensive Genealogical Source List the Puget Sound Genealogical Society in Washington has put together. I intend to check this list before claiming I have looked everywhere for my great-grandmother’s date of birth and accepting defeat. Before anyone panics, however, realize that you do not have to check every source on the list to prove a fact, only a reasonably exhaustive search.
With permission from the Puget Sound Genealogical Society, I bet it would not take much for a Canadian society to put together a variation of this source list for Canada and perhaps one for the British Isles.
Also take a look at the other resources and forms the Puget Sound Genealogical Society offers, such as a research log, family group sheet, and a Google for Genealogy handout.
Visit the Board for Certification of Genealogists’ website to learn more about the Genealogical Proof Standard and a reasonably exhaustive search.