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Many societies and organizations in Canada and several French Canadian genealogical and historical societies in the United States have valuable family history information. You may find it helpful to join and support one of these organizations.
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=== Genealogical Societies ===
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Many societies and organizations in Canada and several French Canadian genealogical and historical societies in the United States have valuable family history information. You may find it helpful to join and support one of these organizations.
  
There are many genealogical societies for Canadian research that publish helpful periodicals, transcripts, and compiled genealogies. They may have special indexes, collections, and projects. Most publish queries about Canadian ancestors or maintain a list of members’ research interests. Some specialize in immigrants to an area.
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=== Genealogical Societies  ===
  
Each province has one or more genealogical societies. There is, however, no nationwide genealogical society for Canada.
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There are many genealogical societies for Canadian research that publish helpful periodicals, transcripts, and compiled genealogies. They may have special indexes, collections, and projects. Most publish queries about Canadian ancestors or maintain a list of members’ research interests. Some specialize in immigrants to an area.  
  
A guide to genealogical societies in Canada is:
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Each province has one or more genealogical societies. There is, however, no nationwide genealogical society for Canada.
  
Meyer, Mary K. ''Directory of Genealogical Societies in the USA and Canada''. 11th ed. Mt. Airy, Md.: M. K. Meyer, 1996. (FHL Ref book 970 C44m.) A separate section for Canada lists names and addresses of more than 100 genealogy and family history societies and branches. The list is organized by province.
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The Canadian Genealogical Centre at Library and Archives Canada has a partial [http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-801-e.html list of Canadian genealogical societies] with website links.  These are the main ones; there may be smaller, local societies as well.  
  
=== Historical Societies ===
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A guide to genealogical societies in Canada is:
  
Historical societies in Canada and in some parts of the United States can be valuable sources of information on Canada. Many societies have special collections of books and manuscript material for Canada. See the "[[Canada Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]" section of this outline. More than 220 historical societies are affiliated with:
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*Meyer, Mary K. ''Directory of Genealogical Societies in the USA and Canada''. 11th ed. Mt. Airy, Md.: M. K. Meyer, 1996. (Family History Library Ref book {{FHL|524506|title-id|disp=970 C44m}}.) A separate section for Canada lists names and addresses of more than 100 genealogy and family history societies and branches. The list is organized by province.
  
Heritage Canada Foundation<br />P.O. Box 1359, Station B<br />Ottawa, ON K1P 5R4<br />Canada
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=== Historical Societies  ===
  
They are listed in:
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Historical societies in Canada and in some parts of the United States can be valuable sources of information on Canada. Many societies have special collections of books and manuscript material for Canada. See [[Canada Archives and Libraries]]. More than 220 historical societies are affiliated with:  
  
''Canadian Almanac and Directory''. Toronto: Canadian Almanac and Directory Publishing Co., annual. (FHL book 971 E4ca.)
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Heritage Canada Foundation<br>P.O. Box 1359, Station B<br>Ottawa, ON K1P 5R4<br>Canada
  
Addresses of local history societies and museums in Canada and over 100 ethnic heritage historical societies in North America are in:
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They are listed in:  
  
Wheeler, Mary Bray, ed. ''Directory of Historical Organizations in the United States and Canada''. 14th ed. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1990. (FHL book Ref 970 H24d.) This directory lists by province the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of more than 1,100 local historical societies and museums in Canada. It briefly describes their programs, services, and collections. Many of the societies and museums have genealogical collections or services.
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''Canadian Almanac and Directory''. Toronto: Canadian Almanac and Directory Publishing Co., annual. (Family History Library book {{FHL|824622|title-id|disp=971 E4ca}}.)  
  
=== Fraternal Societies ===
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Addresses of local history societies and museums in Canada and over 100 ethnic heritage historical societies in North America are in:
  
Your ancestor may have belonged to an association, lodge, or secret society whose membership is based on:
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Wheeler, Mary Bray, ed. ''Directory of Historical Organizations in the United States and Canada''. 14th ed. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1990. (Family History Library book Ref {{FHL|1007248|title-id|disp=970 H24d}}.) This directory lists by province the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of more than 1,100 local historical societies and museums in Canada. It briefly describes their programs, services, and collections. Many of the societies and museums have genealogical collections or services.
  
* interests
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=== Fraternal Societies  ===
  
* religion
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Your ancestor may have belonged to an association, lodge, or secret society whose membership is based on:
  
* ethnic background.
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*interests
  
These societies were involved in '''political''', '''social''', and''' financial '''activities, including '''life and burial insurance.<br />'''
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*religion
  
Local histories, biographies, obituaries, tombstones, family records, and artifacts may give clues that an ancestor belonged to a fraternal society, such as:
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*ethnic background.
  
* Ancient Free and Accepted Masons (Masonic Order).
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These societies were involved in '''political''', '''social''', and'''financial'''activities, including '''life and burial insurance.<br>'''
  
* Knights of Columbus.
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Local histories, biographies, obituaries, tombstones, family records, and artifacts may give clues that an ancestor belonged to a fraternal society, such as:
  
* Loyal Orange Association (Grand Orange Lodge of Canada).
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*Ancient Free and Accepted Masons (Masonic Order).
  
Addresses of fraternal organizations in Canada are in:
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*Knights of Columbus.
  
Associations Canada: '''''An Encyclopedic Directory'''''. Toronto: Canadian Almanac and Directory Publishing Co., annual. (FHL book 971 C44a.) This is an alphabetical list of about 18,000 Canadian organizations. It contains founding dates, addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and names of chief officers. A separate subject index groups the organizations by type and has cross-references to entry numbers in main alphabetical list, which contain about 100 fraternal organizations.
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*Loyal Orange Association (Grand Orange Lodge of Canada).
  
For more information about fraternal societies in North America, see:
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Addresses of fraternal organizations in Canada are in:  
  
Schmidt, Alvin J. '''''Fraternal Organizations'''''. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1980. (FHL book 973 C47sa; computer number 62409.) This gives names and brief histories of fraternal organizations in the United States and Canada. For each organization, it may include the founding date and place, goals and activities, membership requirements, rituals and emblems, and publications. About 400 current and defunct groups are described.
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Associations Canada: '''''An Encyclopedic Directory'''''. Toronto: Canadian Almanac and Directory Publishing Co., annual. (Family History Library book {{FHL|746639|title-id|disp=971 C44a}}.) This is an alphabetical list of about 18,000 Canadian organizations. It contains founding dates, addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and names of chief officers. A separate subject index groups the organizations by type and has cross-references to entry numbers in main alphabetical list, which contain about 100 fraternal organizations.  
  
The Family History Library has histories of few Canadian fraternal societies and very few society records. See the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under subjects such as SOCIETIES, GENEALOGY, HISTORY, OCCUPATIONS, and MINORITIES.
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For more information about fraternal societies in North America, see:
  
=== Immigrant Aid Societies ===
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Schmidt, Alvin J. '''''Fraternal Organizations'''''. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1980. (Family History Library book {{FHL|242591|title-id|disp=973 C47sa}}; computer number 62409.) This gives names and brief histories of fraternal organizations in the United States and Canada. For each organization, it may include the founding date and place, goals and activities, membership requirements, rituals and emblems, and publications. About 400 current and defunct groups are described.
  
A few immigrant aid societies still function in Canada, and may have records of recent immigrant ancestors. Such a society, founded in 1919, is:
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The Family History Library has histories of few Canadian fraternal societies and very few society records. See the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under subjects such as SOCIETIES, GENEALOGY, HISTORY, OCCUPATIONS, and MINORITIES.
  
'''Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada'''<br />5151 Cote Ste. Catherine Road, Suite 202<br />Montreal, PQ H3W 1M6<br />Canada
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=== Immigrant Aid Societies  ===
  
Telephone: 514-342-9351
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A few immigrant aid societies still function in Canada, and may have records of recent immigrant ancestors. Such a society, founded in 1919, is:  
  
Addresses of a few other such societies are in Associations Canada: An Encyclopedic Directory (see above; lists about 40 such societies under the heading "I[[Canada Emigration and Immigration|mmigrants]]"). Most immigrant aid societies still in existence in Canada were founded in the 1940s or 1950s. See "[[Canada Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]" and "[[Canada Church Records|Church Records]]" for information on ethnic archives and "[[Canada Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]" for societies that assisted immigrant children.
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'''Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada'''<br>5151 Cote Ste. Catherine Road, Suite 202<br>Montreal, PQ H3W 1M6<br>Canada  
  
=== Lineage and Hereditary Societies ===
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Telephone: 514-342-9351
  
One of your ancestors may have submitted papers to join a lineage society. These papers often include multigeneration pedigrees and information from family Bibles, death records, or military documents. They may also lead you to someone else interested in your family. Unfortunately, these papers have not always been carefully documented, but they can provide excellent clues for further research. Some societies allow only members to use their records. They often maintain libraries and museums that can help in research. Most publish a periodical or newspaper such as The Loyalist Gazette, described in "[[Canada Periodicals|Periodicals]]."
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Addresses of a few other such societies are in Associations Canada: An Encyclopedic Directory (see above; lists about 40 such societies under the heading "I[[Canada Emigration and Immigration|mmigrants]]"). Most immigrant aid societies still in existence in Canada were founded in the 1940s or 1950s. See "[[Canada Archives and Libraries]]" and "[[Canada Church Records]]" for information on ethnic archives and "[[Canada Emigration and Immigration]]" for societies that assisted immigrant children.
  
Probably the best known lineage society in Canada is:
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=== Lineage and Hereditary Societies  ===
  
'''United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada'''<br />The George Brown House<br />50 Baldwin Street<br />Toronto, ON M5T 1L4<br />Canada
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One of your ancestors may have submitted papers to join a lineage society. These papers often include multigeneration pedigrees and information from family Bibles, death records, or military documents. They may also lead you to someone else interested in your family. Unfortunately, these papers have not always been carefully documented, but they can provide excellent clues for further research. Some societies allow only members to use their records. They often maintain libraries and museums that can help in research. Most publish a periodical or newspaper such as The Loyalist Gazette, described in "[[Canada Periodicals]]."
  
Telephone: 416-591-1783
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Probably the best known lineage society in Canada is:  
  
Other heritage societies include:
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'''United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada'''<br>The George Brown House<br>50 Baldwin Street<br>Toronto, ON M5T 1L4<br>Canada
  
'''Heraldry Society of Canada'''<br />Box 8128, Terminal T<br />Ottawa, ON K1G 3H9<br />Canada
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Telephone: 416-591-1783
  
Fax: 613-731-0867
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Other heritage societies include:  
  
'''Huguenot Society of Canada'''<br />c/o Archivist<br />Suite 105, 4936 Yonge Street<br />North York, ON M2N 6S3<br />Canada
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'''Heraldry Society of Canada'''<br>Box 8128, Terminal T<br>Ottawa, ON K1G 3H9<br>Canada  
  
'''Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants'''<br />c/o Susan E. Roser, Historian<br />4137 Tremaine Road R R 6<br />Milton, ON L9T 2Y1<br />Canada
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Fax: 613-731-0867
  
Many Canadians joined lineage societies in the United States. Information on these societies is in United States Research Outline.
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'''Huguenot Society of Canada'''<br>c/o Archivist<br>Suite 105, 4936 Yonge Street<br>North York, ON M2N 6S3<br>Canada
  
=== Guides to Societies and Associations ===
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'''Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants'''<br>c/o Susan E. Roser, Historian<br>4137 Tremaine Road R R 6<br>Milton, ON L9T 2Y1<br>Canada
  
To find current addresses, functions, and membership requirements of fraternal, ethnic, veteran, heritage, and other associations, see:
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Many Canadians joined lineage societies in the United States. Information on these societies is in [[United States Societies]].
  
Associations Canada: An Encyclopedic Directory. Toronto: Canadian Almanac and Directory Publishing Co., annual. (FHL book 971 C44a.) This is an alphabetical list of about 18,000 Canadian organizations. It contains the organizations’ founding dates, addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and names of chief officers. A separate subject index groups the organizations by type and has cross-references to entry numbers in main alphabetical list. It lists about 100 fraternal organizations.
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=== Guides to Societies and Associations ===
  
To find Canadian government agencies that are not covered in the above book, see:
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To find current addresses, functions, and membership requirements of fraternal, ethnic, veteran, heritage, and other associations, see:  
  
Canadian Almanac and Directory. Toronto: Canadian Almanac and Directory Publishing Co., annual. (FHL book 971 E4ca.)
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Associations Canada: An Encyclopedic Directory. Toronto: Canadian Almanac and Directory Publishing Co., annual. (Family History Library book {{FHL|746639|title-id|disp=971 C44a}}.) This is an alphabetical list of about 18,000 Canadian organizations. It contains the organizations’ founding dates, addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and names of chief officers. A separate subject index groups the organizations by type and has cross-references to entry numbers in main alphabetical list. It lists about 100 fraternal organizations.
  
Canadian Sourcebook. Don Mills, Ont.: Southam Inc., annual. (FHL book 971 B5c.) Editions before 1998 were called:
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To find Canadian government agencies that are not covered in the above book, see:  
  
Corpus Almanac &amp; Canadian Sourcebook. Don Mills, Ont.: Corpus Information Services, annual. (FHL book 971 B5c.)
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Canadian Almanac and Directory. Toronto: Canadian Almanac and Directory Publishing Co., annual. (Family History Library book {{FHL|824622|title-id|disp=971 E4ca}}.)  
  
Records at the Family History Library
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Canadian Sourcebook. Don Mills, Ont.: Southam Inc., annual. (Family History Library book {{FHL|1208642|title-id|disp=971 B5c}}.) Editions before 1998 were called:
  
For records of societies, see the Family History Library Catalog, Author/Title section, under the name of the society. See also the catalog’s Locality Search under:
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Corpus Almanac &amp; Canadian Sourcebook. Don Mills, Ont.: Corpus Information Services, annual. (Family History Library book {{FHL|1208642|title-id|disp=971 B5c}}.)
  
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Records at the Family History Library
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For records of societies, see the Family History Library Catalog, Author/Title section, under the name of the society. See also the catalog’s Locality Search under:
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Revision as of 20:24, 5 December 2012

Canada Gotoarrow.png Societies

Many societies and organizations in Canada and several French Canadian genealogical and historical societies in the United States have valuable family history information. You may find it helpful to join and support one of these organizations.

Contents

Genealogical Societies

There are many genealogical societies for Canadian research that publish helpful periodicals, transcripts, and compiled genealogies. They may have special indexes, collections, and projects. Most publish queries about Canadian ancestors or maintain a list of members’ research interests. Some specialize in immigrants to an area.

Each province has one or more genealogical societies. There is, however, no nationwide genealogical society for Canada.

The Canadian Genealogical Centre at Library and Archives Canada has a partial list of Canadian genealogical societies with website links.  These are the main ones; there may be smaller, local societies as well.

A guide to genealogical societies in Canada is:

  • Meyer, Mary K. Directory of Genealogical Societies in the USA and Canada. 11th ed. Mt. Airy, Md.: M. K. Meyer, 1996. (Family History Library Ref book 970 C44m.) A separate section for Canada lists names and addresses of more than 100 genealogy and family history societies and branches. The list is organized by province.

Historical Societies

Historical societies in Canada and in some parts of the United States can be valuable sources of information on Canada. Many societies have special collections of books and manuscript material for Canada. See Canada Archives and Libraries. More than 220 historical societies are affiliated with:

Heritage Canada Foundation
P.O. Box 1359, Station B
Ottawa, ON K1P 5R4
Canada

They are listed in:

Canadian Almanac and Directory. Toronto: Canadian Almanac and Directory Publishing Co., annual. (Family History Library book 971 E4ca.)

Addresses of local history societies and museums in Canada and over 100 ethnic heritage historical societies in North America are in:

Wheeler, Mary Bray, ed. Directory of Historical Organizations in the United States and Canada. 14th ed. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1990. (Family History Library book Ref 970 H24d.) This directory lists by province the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of more than 1,100 local historical societies and museums in Canada. It briefly describes their programs, services, and collections. Many of the societies and museums have genealogical collections or services.

Fraternal Societies

Your ancestor may have belonged to an association, lodge, or secret society whose membership is based on:

  • interests
  • religion
  • ethnic background.

These societies were involved in political, social, andfinancialactivities, including life and burial insurance.

Local histories, biographies, obituaries, tombstones, family records, and artifacts may give clues that an ancestor belonged to a fraternal society, such as:

  • Ancient Free and Accepted Masons (Masonic Order).
  • Knights of Columbus.
  • Loyal Orange Association (Grand Orange Lodge of Canada).

Addresses of fraternal organizations in Canada are in:

Associations Canada: An Encyclopedic Directory. Toronto: Canadian Almanac and Directory Publishing Co., annual. (Family History Library book 971 C44a.) This is an alphabetical list of about 18,000 Canadian organizations. It contains founding dates, addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and names of chief officers. A separate subject index groups the organizations by type and has cross-references to entry numbers in main alphabetical list, which contain about 100 fraternal organizations.

For more information about fraternal societies in North America, see:

Schmidt, Alvin J. Fraternal Organizations. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1980. (Family History Library book 973 C47sa; computer number 62409.) This gives names and brief histories of fraternal organizations in the United States and Canada. For each organization, it may include the founding date and place, goals and activities, membership requirements, rituals and emblems, and publications. About 400 current and defunct groups are described.

The Family History Library has histories of few Canadian fraternal societies and very few society records. See the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under subjects such as SOCIETIES, GENEALOGY, HISTORY, OCCUPATIONS, and MINORITIES.

Immigrant Aid Societies

A few immigrant aid societies still function in Canada, and may have records of recent immigrant ancestors. Such a society, founded in 1919, is:

Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada
5151 Cote Ste. Catherine Road, Suite 202
Montreal, PQ H3W 1M6
Canada

Telephone: 514-342-9351

Addresses of a few other such societies are in Associations Canada: An Encyclopedic Directory (see above; lists about 40 such societies under the heading "Immigrants"). Most immigrant aid societies still in existence in Canada were founded in the 1940s or 1950s. See "Canada Archives and Libraries" and "Canada Church Records" for information on ethnic archives and "Canada Emigration and Immigration" for societies that assisted immigrant children.

Lineage and Hereditary Societies

One of your ancestors may have submitted papers to join a lineage society. These papers often include multigeneration pedigrees and information from family Bibles, death records, or military documents. They may also lead you to someone else interested in your family. Unfortunately, these papers have not always been carefully documented, but they can provide excellent clues for further research. Some societies allow only members to use their records. They often maintain libraries and museums that can help in research. Most publish a periodical or newspaper such as The Loyalist Gazette, described in "Canada Periodicals."

Probably the best known lineage society in Canada is:

United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada
The George Brown House
50 Baldwin Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1L4
Canada

Telephone: 416-591-1783

Other heritage societies include:

Heraldry Society of Canada
Box 8128, Terminal T
Ottawa, ON K1G 3H9
Canada

Fax: 613-731-0867

Huguenot Society of Canada
c/o Archivist
Suite 105, 4936 Yonge Street
North York, ON M2N 6S3
Canada

Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants
c/o Susan E. Roser, Historian
4137 Tremaine Road R R 6
Milton, ON L9T 2Y1
Canada

Many Canadians joined lineage societies in the United States. Information on these societies is in United States Societies.

Guides to Societies and Associations

To find current addresses, functions, and membership requirements of fraternal, ethnic, veteran, heritage, and other associations, see:

Associations Canada: An Encyclopedic Directory. Toronto: Canadian Almanac and Directory Publishing Co., annual. (Family History Library book 971 C44a.) This is an alphabetical list of about 18,000 Canadian organizations. It contains the organizations’ founding dates, addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and names of chief officers. A separate subject index groups the organizations by type and has cross-references to entry numbers in main alphabetical list. It lists about 100 fraternal organizations.

To find Canadian government agencies that are not covered in the above book, see:

Canadian Almanac and Directory. Toronto: Canadian Almanac and Directory Publishing Co., annual. (Family History Library book 971 E4ca.)

Canadian Sourcebook. Don Mills, Ont.: Southam Inc., annual. (Family History Library book 971 B5c.) Editions before 1998 were called:

Corpus Almanac & Canadian Sourcebook. Don Mills, Ont.: Corpus Information Services, annual. (Family History Library book 971 B5c.)

Records at the Family History Library

For records of societies, see the Family History Library Catalog, Author/Title section, under the name of the society. See also the catalog’s Locality Search under:

CANADA - SOCIETIES

[PROVINCE] - SOCIETIES

[PROVINCE], [COUNTY] - SOCIETIES

CANADA - GENEALOGY

[PROVINCE] - GENEALOGY

[PROVINCE], [COUNTY] - GENEALOGY