Canada Goals:  1: Research   2: Vital Records   3: Census   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Land and Property   7: Military Records   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Record Collections   11: Archives and Libraries   12: Websites   13: Search Records   14: Get Help      SEARCH





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Goal 1: Learn about research in Canada.


Choices

A. Get started with research for your Canada ancestors.

  1. Explore the FamilySearch Wiki page for Canadian research.
    FS—Wiki: Canadian Genealogy
  2. Get an introduction to Canadian research on the Library and Archives Canada site.
  3. Learn how to find resources for your Canadian research.
    BYU—Canadian Resources
  4. Use the Canada Record Finder to evaluate records for research.
    FS—Wiki: Canada Record Finder
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B. Explore Canadian research in more depth.

  1. Learn about record resources for Canadian research in this About.com article.
    AB—Top Databases and Websites
  2. Learn about recognizing Canadian ancestors in this FamilySearch article.
    FS—Wiki: How to Recognize Your Canadian Ancestor
  3. Explore the Forebears.io site for research records.
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  5. Learn about Canadian name variations in this FamilySearch article.
    FS—Wiki: Name Variations in Canadian Records



Goal 2: Learn about Canada vital records.


Choices

A. Learn about Canada vital records.

  1. Learn about Canada Vital Records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Canada Vital Records
  2. Learn more about Canadian Vital Records in this article from FamilyHistoryAlive.
    Canadian Vital Records: Births, Marriages, Deaths

B. Learn about alternatives to vital records.

  1. Explore the Canadian Adoption and Search Registry.
  2. Explore Canadian Adoption Records.
  3. Get help with adoption topics on the Canada Adoptee Search Facebook page.

C. Explore BMD (Birth, Marriage, Death) records.

  1. Use the Birth, Deaths, and Marriages Exchange on the Olive Tree Genealogy site. Scroll down to see BMD records for particular counties.
  2. Access Canadian death records on the AncestorAtRest site. Scroll down to see records for eastern provinces.

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Goal 3: Learn about the Canadian census and directories.


Choices

A. Learn about using Canadian census records.

  1. Learn about the Canadian census in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: the Canadian Census
    | FS—Canadian Census Records—4 pgs.
  2. Learn about the Canadian census in this article from the Library and Archives of Canada.

B. Learn about each edition of the Canadian census records.

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  1. Click a year to learn more about that particular Canadian census record collection.

    1916    1911    1906    1901    1891    1881    1871

    1871 (Ontario)  1870 (Manitoba)  1861    1851

    1842 (Canada West)  1842 (Canada East)   1831    1825
  2. Use these tips for searching the 1901 Canadian Census.
    OT—Searching the 1901 Canadian Census
  3. Download worksheets from FamilySearch for any of these Canadian censuses: 1901    1891    1871/1881    1861    1851
  4. Explore additional Canadian census resources in the Census-Online site.
  5. Explore early Canadian census resources in the AllCensusRecords site:
    1861    1848    1842    pre-1842
  6. Explore the Census Links site for census and other resources in each province.

C. Learn about using Canadian directories.




Goal 4: Learn about Canadian church, religious, and cemetery records.


Choices

A. Learn about Canadian church records.

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  1. Learn about Canadian church records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Canadian Church Records
  2. Explore Wesleyan baptism records from 1825-1910.
  3. Explore Jewish genealogy in Canada in this guide from the Center for Jewish History site.
  4. Explore the Jewish Genealogy Encyclopedia for Jewish resources in Canada.

B. Learn about Canadian cemetery records.

  1. Explore Canada cemetery records in this article.
    FS—Canada Cemetery Records
  2. Learn more about tombstones and cemeteries in this article from FamilyHistoryAlive.
    Tombstones and Cemeteris
  3. Explore the Cemetery Project on the CanadaGenWeb site.
  4. Explore the Canadian Headstones photo project.
  5. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  6. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.
  7. Search the AncestorsAtRest site for cemetery records. Scroll down to the Canadian section.
  8. Explore the Interment.net website to search Canadian cemetery records.

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Goal 5: Learn about Canadian emigration and immigration.


Choices

A. Learn about Canada emigration and immigration.

  1. Learn about Canada emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Canada Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about Immigration to Canada before 1865.
    OT—Immigration to Canada before 1865
  3. Learn about ship manifests and passenger lists.
    Ship Manifests and Passenger Lists
  4. Use the Weblinks section of the Wiki page for additional resources on emigration and immigration.
  5. Explore the Immigrant Ship site. Select a Volume, then choose Canada as the departure or arrival location.
  6. Explore the Immigrants to Canada site.
  7. Explore immigration record resources on TheShipsList.com site.
  8. Find additional immigration sources in this blog article from Olive Tree Genealogy.
    OT—Find an Ancestor to Canada

B. Explore Canadian naturalization and citizenship records.

  1. Get an introduction to naturalization and citizenship in Library and Archives, Canada.
    Library and Archives, Canada
  2. Learn more about naturalization in Canada.
    Naturalization in Canada
  3. Explore naturalization records, from 1915-1951.
  4. Explore citizenship records, from the Montreal Circuit Court, 1851-1945.
  5. Explore naturalization records, from Upper Canada and Canada West, 1828-1850.



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Goal 6: Learn about Canada land and property.


Choices

A. Learn about Canada land and property.

  1. Learn about Canada land and property in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Canada Land and Property
  2. Learn about wills and estates in Canada in this article.
    Wills and Estates in Canada
  3. Learn about Canadian land grants in this article.
    Wills and Estates in Canada
  4. Learn about Canada land and tax records in this About.com article.
    AB—Canadian Land and Tax Records

B. Explore Canadian land records in the Library and Archives, Canada website.

  1. Access Canadian land records and resources.
  2. Explore Land Petitions of Lower Canada, 1764-1841.
  3. Explore Land Petitions of Upper Canada, 1763-1865.
  4. Explore Land Boards of Upper Canada, 1765-1804.
  5. Explore Land Grants of Western Canada, 1870-1930.



Goal 7: Learn about Canada military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Canadian military records.

  1. Learn about Canada military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Canada Military Records
  2. Find resources for Canadian military research in this About.com article.
    AB—Top Resources for Researching Canadian Military Ancestors

B. Explore Canadian military records.




Goal 8: Learn about Canada maps and gazetteers.


Choices

A. Learn about Canada maps and gazetteers.

  1. Learn about Canada maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Canada Maps
  2. Learn about Canada gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Canada Gazetteers

B. Explore Canadian map resources.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Canada maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of Canada.
  3. Explore the MapsOfWorld site for maps of Canada and its provinces.
  4. Explore old maps of Canada in the 1900 Collection.
  5. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Canada maps.



Goal 9: Learn about Canada newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Canada newspapers.

  1. Learn about Canada newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Canada Newspapers

B. Explore Canada newspapers.

  1. Search Canadian newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  2. Search Canadian newspapers in the newspapers.com site.
  3. Search Canadian newspapers in the Library and Archives, Canada site.
  4. Search Canadian newspapers in the ABYZ News Links site.



Goal 10: Learn about Canadian record collections, including French-Canadian.


Choices:

A. Learn about Canadian record collections.

  1. Learn about Canadian record collections in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Canadian Record Collections

B. Learn about French-Canadian record collections.

  1. Learn more about French-Canadian research in this article and video.
    AB—Researching French-Canadian Ancestors

    AA—French Canadian Resources at NEHGS—70:58
  2. Learn about online databases for French-Canadian research.
    AB—Researching French-Canadian Ancestors



Goal 11: Explore Canadian archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Explore Canadian archives and Libraries.

  1. Explore Canadian archives and libraries in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Canadian Archives and Libraries
  2. Explore the A-Z index of the Library and Archives, Canada website.
  3. Explore the Heritage Canadiana for lists of microfilm reels for research.
  4. Explore the Books We Own site for books that can be checked out or researched for you by others.



Goal 12: Explore Canadian genealogy websites.


Choices

A. Use the Canadian genealogy links in the FamilySearch Wiki page.

  1. Go to this page for the genealogy links.
  2. In particular, focus on these links:

B. Use the links in the Internet Resources section of the Canadian Archives and Libraries FamilySearch Wiki page.

C. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Canadian research.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in Canada in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Canada Societies
  2. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  3. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  4. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.
  5. Explore surname distribution (a map where certain surnames are prevalent) in Canada.



Goal 13: Search records from Canada.


Choices

A. Use links to quickly search the most common record collections for Canada.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. Click a link in the first section to search a FamilySearch collection.
  2. Click a link in the second section to search an Ancestry collection.

B. Explore additional record collections.

  1. Explore the FamilySearch page for Canadian online record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast or MyHeritage), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.

C. Explore GenealogyInTime for Canadian records.

  1. Explore the Canadian page of the GenealogyInTime website. Record collections are listed and described in order from newest to oldest additions, including FamilySearch, Ancestry, and many other sources.



Goal 14: Get help with your Canadian research.


Choices

A. Join a Facebook group for Canadian research.

  1. Explore the Canadian Research Facebook group.
  2. Explore the Canada Genealogy Reesearch Community Facebook group.
  3. Explore the American-Canadian Genealogy Society Facebook group.
  4. Explore the Atlantic-Canadian Genealogical Society Facebook group.
  5. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Canada.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Canada research.

  1. Get free help with your Canada research questions from members of the RootsChat forum.
  2. Explore the Canadian research mailing lists available on Cyndi's list.
  3. Join the RootsWeb message board for Canada.

C. Learn about Canada genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about Canada genealogy societies in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Canada Societies
  2. Explore Canada genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.


QUIKLinks

FamilySearch   All Historical   Catalog

Ancestry
Canadian Genealogy Index:  1600s-1900s
Acadia Vital and Church Records:  1670-1946

Findmypast
Loyalists of America: 1620-1816
Irishman in Canada: Search