Ancestry Canada
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These are the most important resources that cover all of Canada, or at least a substantial part of it. It would make sense to check all of these sites when doing research - and check them again and again, because new material is being added on a regular basis.

The best sites for the entire country

One search, dozens of databases: Library and Archives Canada

Births and Baptisms 1661-1959: FamilySearch
Deaths and Burials 1664-1955: FamilySearch
Marriages 1661-1949: FamilySearch

1851/2: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch
Automated Genealogy | | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1861: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1871: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch
Mortality schedules | | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1881: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1891: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1901: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch
Automated Genealogy | | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1911: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch
Automated Genealogy | | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1921: Library and Archives Canada | | MyHeritage

The top genealogy sites in more detail

Library and Archives Canada
A huge amount of information, including census, immigration and military information. A key resource for all Canadian genealogists.

These sites include:

Census for Lower Canada, 1825
Census for Lower Canada, 1831
Census of 1842, Canada East
Census of 1842, Canada West
Census of 1851 (Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia)
Census of Canada, 1861
Census of 1870, Manitoba
Census of Canada, 1871
Census of Canada, 1881
Census of Canada, 1891
Census of Canada, 1901
Census of the Northwest Provinces, 1906
Census of Canada, 1911
Census of the Prairie Provinces, 1916
Census of Canada, 1921
Census of the Prairie Provinces, 1926

Canadian Naturalization, 1915-1951
Citizenship Registration Records, 1851-1945; Montreal Circuit Court
Home Children, 1869-1930
Immigrants at Grosse Île Quarantine Station, 1832-1937
Immigrants Before 1865
Immigrants from China, 1885-1949
Immigrants from the Russian Empire, 1898-1922
Immigrants Sponsored by the Montreal Emigrant Society, 1832
Naturalization Records, 1828-1850; Upper Canada and Canada West
Passenger Lists and Border Entries, 1925-1935; Nominal Indexes
Passenger Lists for the Port of Quebec City, 1865-1900
Passenger Lists, 1865-1922

Black Loyalist Refugees, 1782-1807; Port Roseway Associates
Courts Martial of the First World War
Loyalists in the Maritimes; Ward Chipman Muster Master's Office, 1777-1785
Military Medals, Honours and Awards, 1812-1969
Service Files of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1910-1941; Ledger Sheets
Service Files of the Second World War; War Dead, 1939-1947
Soldiers of the First World War: 1914-1918
South African War, 1899-1902; Service Files, Medals and Land Applications
War Diaries of the First World War (Archived)

Métis / First Nations
Finding Métis Scrip
Treaties, Surrenders and Agreements
Indian Reserves; Western Canada

Gaspé Land Commission. List of names of claimants, 1819-1825
Land Boards of Upper Canada, 1765-1804
Land Grants of Western Canada, 1870-1930
Land Petitions of Lower Canada, 1764-1841
Land Petitions of Upper Canada, 1763-1865
Métis Scrip Records

Archives Search - Basic
Canadian Patents 1869-1919
Marriage bonds, Upper and Lower Canada 1779-1858
Divorce in Canada 1841-1968
Project Naming
Ward Chipman, Muster Master's Office 1777-1785 With 20,000 Loyalist references

Canadiana (Free)
Quick access to about millions of documents held in Canadian libraries, museums and archives, compiled into one resource for convenient searching. This site has many resources not found elsewhwere.

FamilySearch (Free)
From the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Includes an index to several censuses, civil registration extracts, a guide to the library catalog, submitted and extracted records, and more. (Commercial)
Ancestry has an extensive collection drawn from census indexes, immigration sources, and other material from different provinces.

FindMyPast (Commercial)
A collection of sources that is still being developed. FindMyPast includes census indexes, birth indexes, and many scanned books, as well as newspapers.

MyHeritage (Commercial)
The Canadian arm of a site known for its strong European material. It includes the major resources found on other sites.

Automated Genealogy (Free)
Includes free indexes to the 1851/2, 1901, 1906 and 1911 censuses. Burial Records and Tombstone Inscriptions
Listing of sites containing Cemetery Records in Canada.

Obituary Daily Times
A searchable database of obituaries from around the world.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
Notable people who died between 1000 and 1930.

Canada Year Book 1867-1967
On the Statistics Canada website.

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.

Hudson's Bay Company Archives - Biographical Sheets
Information on some of the people employed by the Bay.

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 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.

Canada GenWeb
The main page of the Canada GenWeb project. It has links to the provincial pages.

Archives Canada
Designed to make readily available the information that is held in archival institutions across Canada.

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