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Getting started with Canadian research

We wish you success in the research of your Canadian ancestors. Good hunting!!

Provinces and Territories

British ColumbiaAlbertaSaskatchewanManitobaOntarioYukonNorthwest TerritoriesNunavutQuebecNew BrunswickNova ScotiaPrince Edward IslandNewfoundland and LabradorCanada Map.png

Research Strategies

See the following articles:

Research Tools

  • Listing of all records collections for Canada available on
  • It is sometimes difficult to locate a place name in Canada.  The Geographic Names Board of Canada has a web site which will help you identify place names throughout Canada, and will give you information about the type of geographical feature listed. read more...
  • Join a Canada Genealogy Research Community on Skype or Facebook
  • BYU Canada Research Outline largely duplicates these Wiki pages. Includes some bibliographic lists from BYU Library, 2001.
  • Finding Your Canadian Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide by Sherry Irvine and Dave Obee, Ancestry Publishing, 2007.
  • Jonasson, Eric. The Canadian Genealogical Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Finding Your Ancestors in Canada. Winnipeg: Wheatfield Press, 1978.
  • French-Canadian Genealoogy-Sources and Resources.  How and where to locate original records or reliable secondary records and further details about the lives of ancestors, in addition to names, dates, and places.
  • Early Canadiana Online is the first large-scale online collection of early Canadian print heritage.
  • The Glenbow Museum has scanned images of diaries, letters, minute books, scrapbooks, and other unpublished archival records for over 3,000 individuals, families, clubs, businesses, schools, and organizations in Calgary, southern Alberta and Western Canada. For example, there are Will Parker's letters to his father in England, in which he tells of getting typhoid fever and joining the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Tracing Family History: Canada Immigration and Citizenship Genealogy Guide has links to other resources.

Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:

Did you know?

  • The British Commonwealth of Nations is a voluntary association of Great Britain and its dependencies, certain former British dependencies that are now sovereign states and their dependencies, and the associated states (states with full internal government but whose external relations are governed by Britain). See
  • Digital images of the Census of Canada are available at Library and Archives Canada.
  • Every five years, the nation sets aside one day to conduct the census—a count of all people and households in Canada. The census is the most complete source of information about the population that we have.
  • Volunteers are available to assist with lookups all across Canada. You can search or browse by province at the Genealogy Helplist Canada and at GenerousGenealogists

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