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Genearal Guides to Canadian Research
Books, Articles, etc.
On the web
Maps, Atlases and Gazatteers
To find where a place in Canada is located and view current maps, use Geographical Names of Canada, or try Places in Canada. You might first want to read Dick Eastman's review of this site.
McGill University Canadian County Atlas Digital Project (only contains County Atlases from Ontario so far)
See what's available at the Canada Gen Web Before you go straight to the genweb of the province or territory of interest, take a few minute to explore the pages listed to the right of the list of province and territory gen web pages.
Libraries, Archives and Societies
- Canada Gen Web -- visit the page for the provinces of interest too
- Canadian Genealogy (AHGP) -- visit the pages for the provinces of interest too
- That's My Family -- a wonderful site tht allows you to search hundreds of resources in one search. Many, but not all of the hits will be from the Archives of Canada. You will definitely want to use it to see what you can find.
- Marj's Place -- links, information and databases.
- Help may be available from a kind volunteer at the Canada Genweb's Genealogy Helplist: Canada.
- The $ Genealogical Research Library $ is a subscription database for Canada that boasts millions of name is one massive index. I've not tried it, but it does offer a free search and memberships as low as $10 for one week. I would like to see a better description of what it indexes.
$Ingeneas$ is a database of Canandian records that can be searched for free, and information from "hits" will then be sent to the requestor for a price. The results usually give sufficient information to allow you to find the information yourself. Ingeneas has one free database, which includes data from a few lists of immigrant settlers and passenger lists scattered within various collections, mostly relating to immigrants from Great Britain arriving in Canada between 1801 and 1849.
Resources: Cemetery, Census,Land, Vital Records,
- Canada Genweb Cemetery Project: a surname search of the whole will find those provinces for which a burial of that surnme is included. (note it does not search linked pages) Canadian Gravemarker Gallery -- you can search the site or browse. There is not a lot here, but it includes pictures of the graves listed.
- FindAGrave includes some Canadian cemeteries -- as does Interment.net
- (book) Bourrie. Researching Canadian Census Records. 199 (find in a library)
- FamilySearch Research Wiki: Canadian Census
- FHL How Canadian National Census are Organized ; also available on the FamilySearch Resedarch Wiki: How Canadian Census are Organized ; this summary provides information for obtaining film copies through your local Family History Center.
- Your local public library can also borrow microfilmed census records on ILL from the Library and Archives of
Canada -- but before trying to get a film copy, see if you can't find an online transcription or images.
- Extraction Forms:
not only help you make sure you get all the information, but the headers tell you exactly what question was asked.
- Pre 1871 Census Records
- FHL Research Guide Canadian 1881 Census
- Search the census of 1881 on the Library and Archives of Canada site, with links to images (.pdf or jpeg)
- Search the 1881 census of Canada at FamilySearch.org, with links to transcriptions of the census records. (Before you search, be sure to use the dropdown at the top to select only the 1881 Canadian census)
- FHL Research Guide Canadian 1901 Census.
- 1901 Every name Index at Automated Archives
- 1906 Census of the Northwest Territories (no other census records taken)
- 1911 Every name Index at Automated Archives, with links to transcriptions, as well as to the images (links to images on the top row.)
- 1911 Images are available at the Libraries and Archives site, but searchable only by location. Use the Automated Archives Index above to find the location information.
- Cecnsus Records on the website of the Genealogy Research Center
Find more census records online
Church Records: Before 1869, when the Vital Statistics Act came into effect, records were not collected centrally by the government. Church records may fill help the genealogist fill this void. Because Canadian census records specify the church attended, it can be easier to narrow down your research.
Find even more helpful Canada links on these pages: