Sunday, December 30, 2007

Some Candian Genealogy links:


A great place to start your research is The National Archives of Canada. They offer a free pamphlet called Tracing Your Ancestors in Canada that will help you get a handle on just what is out there and how to begin your research.

Looking for an obscure family history or an out-of-print local history which might shed some light on your ancestors? Why not see if our National Library of Canada has it? If they do, and it's part of their lending collection, you can borrow it for free on inter-library loan from your local library.

Genealogy Links has many interesting sites, both for Canada in general and Quebec specifically.

Early Canadiana Online is a wonderful, searchable database that helps you rummage through thousands of old books and pamphlets for mentions of your ancestors, and even pulls up a copy of the actual page which mentions them. A wonderful resource for those of us who live far from archives.

The National Archives of Canada Miscellaneous Immigration Index, which covers the years from 1801-49 and has random records involving immigrant settlers and passenger lists (mostly from Great Britain to Canada) has been put on-line in a searchable form for free.

Another good overview site is Canadian Genealogy and History Links which includes information about historical societies as well.

If one of your ancestors was among the thousands of "Home Children" sent to Canada from the British Isles, or part of another child immigration program then Young Immigrants to Canada is the page for you. Includes alot of the history behind this movement. The National Archives of Canada hosts a searchable database of names of Home Children culled from its passenger lists.

Genealogy Canada offers a free on-line newletter with many helpful background articles.

For Canadians with early American roots, a visit to the Sons of the American Revolution home page might prove helpful. They are trying to organize a Canadian branch and contacts for Canada are listed at this site.

The Canadian Military Heritage Project as its title implies is a page focussing on the wars which involved Canadians. It's an evolving page and as it grows it will have more genealogical information. Well worth a visit.

The Mobile, Alabama Genealogical Society has a page with links to local newspaper genealogical columns, and several in Canada are included.

Looking for living relatives? Try Canada 411. Not only will it search all of Canada for someone's address and phone number, it will also give you their postal code so you can write them if you don't want to make a long distance call.


The Quebec GenWeb Page can help you find information about the section of Quebec which interests you.

If you want to know more about French-Canadian Culture then drop by the Mining Co. site. As their slogan says, they mine the web so you don't have to. And while you're there, don't forget to check out the French-Canadian genealogy section.

Roots in the Gaspé section of Quebec? Drop by the Gaspé Genealogy Register, lots of good resources and links for that part of the province.

Quebec newspapers on microfilm lists the holdings of our National Library in Ottawa. They can be borrowed through inter-library loan.
Those of you with Scottish roots in the northeastern part of the Eastern Townships might want to visit Hebridean Scots of the Province of Quebec page. It provides history, background, maps and some genealogy.

The Log Cabin Chronicles (a very interesting and quirky site which changes weekly) puts parts of the Stanstead Journal, a weekly newspaper, on-line. Buried in the Columns section is Your Ancestry, David Lepitre's weekly genealogy column. You can send him queries (he posts them in the paper for free) by writing him at: Your Ancestry c/o David Lepitre, P.O. Box 81, Stanstead, QC J0B 3E0 or P.O. Box 484, Derby Line, VT 05830-0484.

Richmond County roots? Visit the Richmond County Historical Society page and check out what they have to offer. The society has many resources, including publications packed with local history.

Those of you with roots in the Sherbrooke region might want to get in touch with La Société de Généalogie des Cantons de l'Est. While this group does focus more on French-Canadian genealogy, it does have some publications of interest to those of you with Protestant ancestors from that area.

Another excellent source of information for that part of Quebec around Huntingdon County is the GenWeb site for that area.

A new addition to the Quebec Gen-Web page is the Vaudreuil-Soulanges page. If your ancestors lived in that part of Quebec then you'll find pointers to many valuable indexed sources there.

Those of you with ancestors who practiced the Anglican faith will want to visit the Anglican Church web site. The Diocese of Montreal houses the church archives.

There is a new page for folks with Irish roots in Frampton

And last, but certainly far from least, Quebec Links takes you to Cyndi Howe's collection of every Quebec genealogy link she can find. You never know what you will see there.


A great place to start the search for your French-Canadian roots is The American-Canadian Genealogical Society. The ACGS Library maintains the largest resource facility for French-Canadian research in the United States.

The American-French Genealogical Society in Rhode Island also has extensive publications and other resources such as maps for sale.

If your Quebec roots come from the District of Beauharnois, just west of Lake Champlain, then you might find part of your family tree nestled in New York State. Try the New York Gen-Web site and don't forget to visit the Clinton Co. part of the site, this being one of the New York counties right on the Quebec-N.Y. border.


Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter which is a free informative weekly newsletter which points to interesting pages.

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