Your Guide to Finding Canadian Ancestors

10 Provinces and 3 territories

Provinces: Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, New Foundland and Labrador

Territories: Yukon, Northwest and Nunavut

Find out more about Canada and the History of Canada at Wikipedia


Guides * Maps * Libraries, Archives and Societies * All Canada Sites * Resources * More Links

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

All-Canada Sites


  • 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.

Subscription Sites

  • 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


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.


Land Records


Vital Records

Find even more helpful Canada links on these pages:





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This page last updated January 10, 2014