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Genealogy and Family History

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Published Sources


Local Histories

Community or local histories often include information on the settlement and development of the community and material of interest to genealogists such as:

  • biographical sketches of community members;
  • lists of local politicians;
  • teachers, business persons, etc.; and
  • membership lists for community organizations.

Research at Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada holds approximately 20,000 published histories which are available through inter-institutional loan.

Search for local histories in AMICUS, using authors, titles or subject terms such as:

  • Owen Sound history; and
  • Cumberland history

You may also wish to consult one of the Bibliographies of Local Histories.

Research Online

Some local histories have been digitized and can be searched on the Our Roots [www.ourroots.ca/] and Our Future, Our Past, The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project [http://epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/205/301/ic/cdc/futurepast/default.htm] Web sites.