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The Latin word Avitus means "from ancestors," which today may be rendered as "ancestral." Name used by a Roman emperor and in the fifth century by an archbishop of Vienne, in the Dauphiné region of France; he was one of the most distinguished prelates of his time, known for his wisdom and virtue.
Genealogists and people interested in family history want access to a large amount of information. In order to meet these needs, the Canadian Genealogy Centre is making available an online directory of Canadian genealogical resources. This directory allows users to find genealogical resources available in Canada, searching by geographical area, time or type of resource.
This directory was developed as part of the Genealogy and Family History initiative to support the genealogy community by promoting its available resources.
The directory points to resources (institutions, online databases, etc.) but does not access their contents. In other words, the search engine links to databases described as resources but does not actually search the databases themselves. The search engine includes an interface that allows users to search using keywords and/or names and/or dates.
The directory includes descriptions for:
The directory contains resources that meet the following criteria:
The directory may be searched four ways.
IMPORTANT: You may limit searches by combining several terms, but remember that if your search is too specific, you may exclude possible sources of which you were unaware.
Browse the List
Browse by Subject
Results Summary List
The results of your search will be displayed as a results summary list, indicating the title of the resource and a few descriptive details to enable you to quickly assess the relevance of the search results.
Select those results that interest you from the list. Click on the title of the resource (underlined in blue) to display a detailed description.
From the results summary list, you can display a detailed description of each result one at a time. The resource title appears at the top of the entry, followed by three blocks.
The first block contains a description of the resource, which includes:
Name of the organization being described, or name of the organization that created the information resource.
Description of the resource.
Refers to the subject headings.
Exact date or range of dates indicating the scope of the resource.
Geographical entity (municipality, township, county, province, country) referred to by the resource.
The second block, entitled Contact Info, indicates the various ways to contact the resource. These include the resource's electronic or physical addresses, telephone and fax numbers and email addresses.
The last block of the record provides supplemental information on the resource, such as conditions for consultation, restrictions, language, format, names of partners, and copyright holders.
In order to consult the resource, just click on the links. Otherwise, the directory gives you all the information you need to organize an onsite visit to one of the selected institutions.
If you wish to receive a copy of documents described in these resources, you must contact the creator of the resource identified in the directory or contact the institution that holds the actual records.