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Clearly Canadian
5/1/2008
Bring your family history into focus with our advice for roots research in the Great White North.

When you think of Canada, what's the first image that comes to mind? Perhaps it's the flag's red maple leaf, or long-legged, antlered wildlife. Maybe you think of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in their distinctive Red Serge uniforms, epitomized by Dudley Do-Right In the 1960s cartoon “Rocky and Bullwinkle.”

But the Great White North is more than maples, moose and Mounties. The vastness of the world's second-largest country is matched by its rich genealogical resources. Such a records abundance can be as intimidating as a wide-open prairie — where to begin? US researchers may be surprised to encounter different record-keeping systems so close to home. And though Canada's census years match its former mother country, Britain, you can't assume other genealogical similarities.

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