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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;
  • newspapers;
  • directories;
  • 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.