Library and Archives Canada
Symbol of the Government of Canada

Institutional links

Genealogy and Family History

About Genealogy Services

Mission and Vision

To facilitate the discovery of our roots and family histories as a basic part of our Canadian heritage.

To encourage the use of genealogy and the resources available in libraries and archives as tools for life-long learning.


The Genealogy Services' policy and strategic priorities have been established to improve service to Canadians. This is in accordance with specific initiatives of the federal government, namely Improving Service to Canadians, and the Canadian Culture Online strategy.

Web Analytics

Library and Archives Canada uses persistent cookies as a method of gathering anonymous information about usage patterns on its Genealogy Services pages (a "cookie" is a small file that is placed on your hard drive by LAC's Website). The information collected through persistent cookies helps Library and Archives Canada optimize its website and improve its suite of Web-based products and services.

The cookie will automatically expire in one (1) year. Rejecting the cookie will not affect the site performance or restrict your ability to access information from this site.

Cookies are never used by Library and Archives Canada to gather specific personal information such as names, telephone numbers or email addresses. The information gathered through the use of cookies is analysed only in aggregate, and no attempt is ever made to link the information to individual visitors. LAC does not use the information to create individual profiles, nor does it disclose information gathered to any third party. For further information, please consult the LAC Privacy Notice Statement.


The Genealogy Services' operations are based on the development of its network of partners. This network consists of various organizations that preserve our archival heritage, user groups in the genealogy community, university circles, the network of libraries, private firms and the voluntary sector.

In order to maximize its products and services, the Genealogy Services must show innovative leadership in the areas of collaboration, consultation, and the development of national and even international partnerships. To ensure that authoritative content is properly created, any partnership will be subject to specific agreements that will cover criteria governing the quality of the content in question.