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Genealogy and Archival Resources for Multicultural Communities

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 multicultural community.

General Sources

Country-based Search Engines

Includes country and regional search engines. Majority of search engines cover the country or region as appropriate, and some general search engines are included in non-English languages.

Looking 4 Kin

Provides genealogy links to ethnic, religious, and unique peoples.


Pioneer Sikh Asian Emigration to the Pacific Coast

Provides names and other genealogical information of immigrants who came to North America in the 1900s.
Bio/Ag Reference Dept.
Shields Library
100 North West Quad
University of California
Davis, CA 95616
Contact: T.S. Sibia


Emigration from Iceland to North America

Focuses on genealogical resources for people of Icelandic origin.

Icelandic Canadian Club of British Columbia

Holds reference materials for those interested in their family history. Most books are in Icelandic.
Iceland House
939 6th Street
New Westminster, BC V3L 3C8
Telephone: 604-519-1224


Japanese Canadian National Museum

Provides information about the Japanese Canadian National Museum and Japanese-Canadian history. Genealogical resources are available on site.
6688 Southoaks Crescent
Burnaby, BC V5E 4M7
Telephone: 604-777-8000
Fax: 604-777-7001


Archives et Musée virtuels juifs canadiens

In French. Documents the Canadian-Jewish experience.

Canadian Jewish Congress

Collects and preserves documentation of the Jewish presence in Quebec and Canada. All aspects of the Jewish community are reflected in the collection: immigration, integration into Canadian society, community organization, discrimination, Zionism, oppressed Jewry in other countries, education, literature, and genealogy.
1590 Docteur Penfield Avenue
Montreal, QC H3G 1C5
Telephone: 514-931-7531 ext. 2
Fax: 514-931-0548

Canadian Jewish Virtual Museum and Archives

Documents the Canadian-Jewish experience.

The Genealogical Institute of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada

Focuses on genealogical resources for people of Jewish descent.
C116-123 Doncaster Street
Winnipeg, MB R3N 2B2
Telephone: 204-477-7460
Fax: 204-477-7465

Jewish Archives and Historical Society of Edmonton and Northern Alberta

Includes archival documents and audiovisual materials regarding the Jewish heritage of Edmonton and Northern Alberta.
7200-156 Street
Edmonton, AB T5R 1X3
Telephone: 780-489-2809
Fax: 780-441-4379

The Jewish Genealogical Institute of British Columbia

Encourages genealogical research to collect and disseminate information on genealogical resources and techniques; to assist and educate its members and the general public on the "how-to" of finding their Jewish roots; and to promote the preservation of and access to Jewish records and resources.
206-950 West 41st Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7
Telephone: 604-321-9870

Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada (Toronto)

Toronto Public Library, North York Central Branch

Holds the records of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada.
Gladys Allison Canadiana Room
5120 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 5N9
Telephone: 416-395-5623

Ontario Jewish Archives

Collects manuscripts and printed material (minutes, correspondence, publications, financial records, personal papers, diaries, invitations, posters, newspapers), audiovisual material (photographs, films, audio tapes, video tapes) and artifacts (badges, trophies, memorabilia) of organizations and individuals that have effected the history of Jews in Ontario.
4600 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON M2R 3V2
Telephone: 416-635-2883 ext. 170
Fax: 416-635-1408


Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies

Collects and preserves historical records that include: Canadian Mennonite Brethren Conference records, as well as minutes, correspondences, etc. of various boards, staff persons, congregations and institutions, personal papers of influential leaders, periodicals, audio and video tapes, photographs, maps and other media relating to Mennonite history and theology, and genealogical records pertaining to Mennonites.
1-169 Riverton Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2L 2E5
Telephone: 204-669-6575
Fax: 204-654-1865


Archival Sources for the Study of Polish Canadians

Acquires Polish archival collections with several provincial archival institutions, in particular the Archives of Ontario in association with the Multicultural History Society of Ontario.

The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in Canada

Focuses its activities on promoting Polish culture in Canada, and serving the cultural needs of the Polish-Canadian communities. Includes archival studies sources for Polish-Canadians.
3479 Peel Street
Montreal, QC H3A 1W7
Telephone: 514-398-6978
Fax: 514-398-8184


American Historical Society of Germans From Russia

Disseminates information related to the history, cultural heritage and genealogy of Germanic Settlers in the Russian Empire and their descendants. There are AHSGR chapters in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan.


Swedes in Canada

The Lakehead Social History Institute has sponsored the Swedes in Canada project to document the Swedish-Canadian experience. Offers resources and guides.
Lakehead Social History Institute
Lakehead University
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1


The Ukrainian Canadian Archives and Museum of Alberta

Includes textual, photographic, and cartographic records. The holdings document Ukrainian culture and community life in Edmonton and Alberta, as well as Ukrainian participation in the Canadian Army in World War II.
9543-110 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5H 1H3
Telephone: 780-424-7580
Fax: 780-420-0562

The Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre

Collects, catalogues, and preserves material documenting the history, culture and contributions of Ukrainians throughout the world. It functions as a resource centre which holds an archive, a small library, oral histories (both in audio and video format), photographs, memoirs, personal archives and other miscellaneous items.
620 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON
M5S 2H4
Telephone: 416-966-1819
Fax: 416-966-1820

Ukrainian Genealogy Group, Ottawa

Offers holdings for tracing ancestors that include links to other searchable databases. Resource items are available for consultation during meetings and by prior arrangement. Contact: