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Canadian Genealogy

Let me first say that I am NOT an expert at Canadian genealogy. My only experience with delving into it was while doing genealogy research for a friend. While she knew her family had come from England to Canada before immigrating to the U.S. and settling in Chicago, that was all she knew. What she didn’t know until I dug into the history was that her family had settled in Canada as voyageurs, men involved in the fur trade (late 1700s).

Although I did my fair share of stumbling around in the records (especially when it came to old French church records), I did enjoy the work and over time hope to learn far more about the genealogy of my neighbors to the North.

While doing my friend’s research I did run across several Canadian genealogy resources that I’d like to share with you. And, if you know of others, please leave the information in a comment box (below). Thanks!

Canadian Genealogy Resources

Before you begin:  There are 10 Canadian provinces and three territories:  Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan. The three territories are Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon.

Please see this site for more detailed information about each of the provinces and territories including detailed maps.

If you’re just getting started in this research, keep in mind that French is the predominant language of Quebec.

And, like many other countries, Canada also does national censuses. Here are the ones currently available:

  • 1871
  • 1881
  • 1891
  • 1901
  • 1911
  • 1921

Top Databases for Canadian Genealogy Research

French-Canadian Genealogy

Resources for Tracing Your Canadian Ancestors Online

Marriages Recorded in Canada

Fur Trade Employees

What is a Dit Name?

Canadian Publications at Archive.org (one of the downloads – in French – is of early French-Canadian families)

10 Free Canadian Genealogy Websites

Terms and Phrases Used in French-Canadian Marriage Records

Canadian Genealogy Research

Top Seven Free Canadian Genealogy Websites

Where to Find Online Canadian Genealogy Records

Searchable Online Database New Brunswick

What Next?

I’ve decided to make learning Canadian genealogy a priority for the remainder of this year. If you’re new to Canadian records or an expert, I’d love to hear from you.

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2 comments

    1. Thank YOU for writing such a good article! It’s so helpful to those of us new to the research to find great resources. Nancy

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