Canada became a country in 1867, about 200 years after the first census was taken in the land. So don't be fooled by the country's relative youth – there are records of interest to genealogists from before nationhood as well as after. The sources in this section apply, for the most part, to all of Canada. Use this page as a reference along with the pages for the specific provinces, territories or topics of interest.
A variety of Canada-wide sites for genealogy|
Quick access to about millions of documents held in Canada’s libraries, museums and archives, compiled into one resource for convenient searching. This site has many resources not found elsewhwere.
University of Calgary Digital Resources
Canada's Local Histories Online. Incorporates the former Our Roots, which was a library, archive, museum and school all in one. Check the collection to find Canadian local histories in French and English.
Hudson's Bay Company Archives
The archives, based in Winnipeg, offers a wealth of information on the human and natural history of western and northern Canada.
The Olive Tree
Historical and genealogical information on Ontario, Niagara area Loyalists, Palatines, Mennonites, Huguenots and Walloons, Mohawk Nation and more. It also has Ships' Passenger Lists and Canadian Muster Rolls from the American Revolution and War of 1812.
Canadian Patent Database
Did your ancestor have a patent? Always check a database such as this – you might be surprised.
Canadian Patents 1869-1919
From the Library and Archives Canada website.
Canadian Trade-Marks Database
No, it won't take your research back, but it might help you add a bit of colour to your family history.
A free site with material from around the world, including limited Canadian content.
Obituary Daily Times
A searchable database of obituaries from around the world.
Cemetery Burial Records and Tombstone Inscriptions - Canada
Listing of sites containing Cemetery Records in Canada.
Canadian Parliamentary Divorces 1826-1946
On Hugh Armstrong's Genealogy Site
Chinese Canadian Genealogy
A comprehensive site provided by the Vancouver Public Library.
The main page of the Canada GenWeb project. It has links to the provincial pages.
Designed to make readily available the information that is held in archival institutions across Canada.
Genforum - Canada
A site with online message forums for all provinces and territories.
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