How to Begin
Research at Library and Archives Canada
The collection of Library and Archives Canada is rich in genealogical reference tools, including:
- handbooks on how to do genealogical research;
- directories of genealogical societies;
- bibliographies of family and local histories;
- biographical dictionaries; and
- historical atlases.
The collection also includes:
- family and local histories;
- genealogical dictionaries;
- transcriptions and indexes of parish registers;
- cemetery records;
- journals of genealogical and historical societies;
- government publications; and
- material of interest to genealogists researching ancestors in other countries.
Publications can be consulted on-site at Library and Archives Canada. If you are unable to visit in person, many publications can be borrowed through your local library via inter-institutional loan.
Library and Archives Canada also holds many archival records of interest to genealogists including:
- immigration records;
- census records;
- military records;
- land records; and
- records created by the Government of Canada.
Consult What to Search: Topics to learn more about the resources available at Library and Archives Canada and how to access the records and publications.