Canadian Immigration Resources
The charms of Canada have wooed millions of immigrants. Were your ancestors among them? These resources will help you find out.
Web Sites


  • Destination Canada: A Guide to 20th Century Immigration Records by Dave Obee (self-published)
  • Encyclopedia of Canada’s Peoples edited by Paul Robert Magocsi (University of Toronto Press, available for a limited preview through Google Books)
  • Finding Your Canadian Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide by Sherry Irvine and Dave Obee (Ancestry)
  • French Forts in New France by Léa Normandeau-Jones (Heritage Productions)

  • The Great Hunger: 1845-1849 by Ceil Woodham-Smith (Penguin Group)

  • Genealogy in Ontario: Searching the Records by Brenda Dougall Merriman (Ontario Genealogical Society)

  • The Golden Land: The True Story and Experiences of British Settlers in Canada by Arthur E. Copping, (Hodder and Stoughton, but available at Internet Archive’s American Libraries )
  • Migration Patterns in Canada by Edward Smith (Heritage Productions)
  • Nation Builders by Gail H. Corbett (Dundurn Press,)
  • Strangers at Our Gates: Canadian Immigration and Immigration Policy 1540-2006 by Valerie Knowles (Dundern Press)

  • Strangers Within Our Gates by James S. Woodsworth (University of Toronto Press)
  • The Little Immigrants: The Orphans Who Came to Canada by Kenneth Bagnell (Dundurn Press)

  • Voyageurs to a Rocky Shore: The Lebanese and Syrians of Nova Scotia by Nancy W. Jabbra (Institute of Public Affairs, Dalhousie University)


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