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General Genealogical and Archival Resources Across Canada

These sources have been selected to assist in locating current information about genealogy and cultural heritage across Canada. This listing includes online resources and physical collections organized alphabetically into General Sources and by province or territory (indicated by the corresponding Canada Post symbol).

General Sources

Canada Genealogy Resources for Family History Research

Online links to resources across Canada.

Canadian Archival Information Network

Provides access to most of the holdings of archival institutions across Canada.

Canadian Archival Resources (University of Saskatchewan)

Online links for Western and Northern Canada.

Canadian Baptist Archives

Includes records of people, institutional records, and individual Baptist churches across Canada.
Canadian Baptist Archives
Divinity College, Room 152
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON
905-525-9140 x23511 or x23512

Genealogy and Family History

Provides electronic access to the genealogical resources of Canada. Offers genealogical content, services, advice, research tools and opportunities to work online on joint projects, in both official languages. Includes access to many regional archives and their databases.

Canadian Genealogy and History Links

Online listings of genealogical and historical Web sites from East to West.

Canadian Newspapers

Online lists of newspapers by region and title. A resource for finding obituaries and death notices.

Library and Archives Canada

Offers a wealth of published materials of interest to genealogists researching their Canadian ancestors. Collections include published histories of Canadian families and communities, transcriptions and indexes of parish registers, cemetery records, Canadian newspapers and directories, journals of Canadian genealogical and historical societies, genealogical reference tools, government publications including genealogical data, and much more. The Genealogy and Family History also provides electronic access to genealogical resources in Canada.

National Institute for Genealogical Studies

Provides Web-based courses given by the National Institute for Genealogical Studies together and the Professional Learning Centre, Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto.

Sources for Genealogical Research in Canada

Print, electronic and other resources.

Yukon Territory

Yukon Archives (Department of Tourism and Culture)

Provides documentary sources related to Yukon history, cultures and development.

British Columbia

British Columbia Archival Union List

Offers access to descriptions of records held at publicly-accessible archives in British Columbia.

British Columbia Archives

Holdings include: government documents and records; private historical manuscripts and papers; maps, charts and architectural plans; photographs; paintings, drawings and prints; audio and video tapes; film; newspapers; and an extensive library of publications with a strong emphasis on the social and political history of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.

British Columbia Genealogical Society

Focuses on genealogy for British Columbia, with some support for other groups in the world such as Great Britain and parts of Europe.


Alberta Family HistoriesSociety

Promotes and encourages family history research.

Alberta Heritage

Online links to resources for genealogical researchers.

Archives Society of Alberta

The Archives was formed to advocate and meet the needs of archivists and those interested in archives.

Glenbow Library and Archives: Genealogical Research Resources

Archives' records document the social, political and economic history of western Canada, with an emphasis on Calgary and southern Alberta. Areas of specialty include First Nations, Metis genealogy, Mounted Police, ranching and agriculture, the petroleum industry, politics, labour, women, and business.

Provincial Archives of Alberta

Acquires, preserves and makes available for research, private and government records of provincial significance. Also serves as the permanent repository for records of value of the government of Alberta.

Northwest Territories

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center Photo Archives

Archives' photographic database currently has 30,000 images, which include 10,000 images from the Rene Fumoleau collection.


Saskatchewan Archives Board, Regina Office, University of Regina

A public service institution dedicated to encouraging and assisting those interested in exploring the province's history.

Saskatchewan Genealogical Society

Focuses on family heritage in Saskatchewan and around the world.


Nunavut Legislative Library and Information Services

Provides a wide variety of services and resources to Members of the Legislative Assembly, Government of Nunavut departments, and the public.


Archives of Manitoba : Genealogical Guide

Online genealogical guides.


City of Toronto Archives

Includes municipal and private records dating back to 1834 of more than one million photographs; maps, correspondence, diaries and other textual materials; audiovisual records, computer media and more, all documenting various aspects of Toronto's history.

Ontario Genealogical Society

Publishes primary genealogical materials that include research, indexes and "how-to" resources for doing family history research linked to Ontario.

Ontario Genealogical Society: Toronto Branch

Includes many reference sources for researchers online, and has a variety of ethnic sources available for use on-site.

Toronto Public Library: Genealogical Collection

Several major genealogical societies house their genealogical collections at the Canadiana Department, such as: Ontario Genealogical Society, Ontario cemetery transcriptions, Canadian Society of Mayflower descendants, Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada (Toronto Division). Includes genealogical resources for Eastern Europe, genealogical handbooks, and the periodicals Shem Tov and Avotaynu.

University of Western Ontario, Genealogy Resources

Focuses on genealogy for Ontario, Canada.


Archives de Montréal

In French. The Guide to the archives of the City of Montreal is now providing access to nine digitized archival groups. These archival groups are part of holdings received from the Bibliothèque de Montréal.

New Brunswick

Provincial Archives of New Brunswick

Collects, preserves, and makes available for research, documents and records bearing upon the history of New Brunswick. Most of the holdings are for the period from 1784, when New Brunswick was made a separate province of British North America. Materials relating to the earlier exploration, Acadian and pre-Loyalist periods have also been acquired.

Prince Edward Island

Archives Council of Prince Edward Island

Promotes the public understanding and use of both archives and the historical resources of the province. Directs researchers to proper collections of province.

PEI GenWeb

Online links to genealogical resources in Prince Edward Island.

The Prince Edward Island Genealogical Society Inc.

Provides published transcripts of provincial cemetery information, and books on English, Irish and Scottish emigrants to the Island. The 1881, 1891 and 1901 censuses are available in disk and paper formats.

Nova Scotia

Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia

Collects and preserves genealogical materials to promote the study of genealogy and family history in Nova Scotia.

Public Archives of Nova Scotia

Offers links for genealogists to various ethnic resources and organizations.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador

Preserves those records of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador that are deemed to have enduring legal, fiscal, evidential or research value. Collects records from private sources, which have value to the history of the province.

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