I’ve heard about some exciting developments for those researching Canadian roots, so I thought I’d lay ‘em out here:
Perhaps most thrilling for Canadian researchers, Library and Archives Canada (LAC), the country’s main repository of historical records, has announced plans to put most of its services online within the next seven years—in time to celebrate the confederation’s 150th anniversary in 2017. That plan includes several goals, among them:
- Starting this year, you’ll be able order digital copies of documents in LAC’s collection; paper copies will be phased out by April.
- You’ll be able to access the entire contents of the National Union Catalogue, representing more than 30 million catalog entries, using online search engines. (Learn more about the Catalogue—comparable to Americans’ National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections—on the LAC website.)
- Over the next year, LAC will double the volume of its already exceptional online content, adding millions of genealogy images in partnership with Ancestry.ca (sister site to Ancestry.com).
The Canadiana Discovery Portal is a beta site that lets you search more than 60 million pages of Canadian content from archive collections in libraries, museums, universities and government agencies across the country. Just type a search term, such as a name, place or topic, into the box on the home page. You’ll get digitized books, photos. audio and video You can sort results by relevance or newest/oldest, and filter by language, media (image, audio or video), contributing archive or date range covered.
You can raise your glass to this: Ancestry.ca is honoring the 225th anniversary of Molson Brewery with “mug-rattling” family stories of the Labatt and Molson families, Canada’s most famous brewers. One such tale you can read about in old newspapers: Harry Markland Molson, great-grandson of John Molson, perished with the Titanic in 1912.
If you’re looking for some guidance in your Candian roots research, here are some of Family Tree Magazine’s resources to check out:
- Canada’s Grosse ille immigrants (free article)
- Canadian Immigration Resources (free article)
- 10 Free Canadian Genealogy Sites (free article)
- Canadian Genealogy Toolkit (both free and Plus articles)
- Canadian Genealogy Guide Digital Download (available from Family Tree Shop)
- May 2009 Family Tree Magazine, with our guide to researching immigrants into Canada, available from Family Tree Shop