101 Best Websites 2010: Canadian Resources

By David A. Fryxell Premium

Archives of Manitoba

In addition to Manitoba probate records, this site is a must for anyone with ancestors in the fur trade, as it includes the archives of the Hudson Bay Company. Don’t miss the biographical sheets on the company’s employees, which outline employment history and may include the person’s parish of origin or place of birth, family information and references to related documents, including photographs or drawings.

Automated Genealogy

In addition to volunteer transcriptions of the 1901, 1906 (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba) and 1911 Canadian censuses, several linking projects here attempt to connect individuals among these and other resources. The 1851-1852 census also is in progress.
These 40 atlases from 1874 to 1881 show property owners throughout Ontario, with a searchable database of names.

Canadian Genealogy Centre


Recent additions at this site from Library and Archives Canada include the 1891 census and an index of more than 200,000 naturalizations from 1915 to 1932. A powerful combined Ancestors Search combs everything from divorce records to land petitions to WWI courts-martial. You’ll also find plenty of necessary information for finding historical records on your Canadian clan.

Images Canada


Search more than 65,000 images from cultural institutions across Canada, browse photo essays (“Railways in Canada,” “Celebrating Dominion Day 1867-1917”) or follow “image trails” on topics ranging from the Inuit to winter sports.

Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics

Nearly a million searchable birth, marriage and death records put your Nova Scotia roots only a click away. Coverage is generally from 1864 to 1908 or 1933, along with 12,043 earlier marriage bonds from 1763 to 1864. Each index entry is linked to a digitized original record.

Our Roots

A “library, archive, museum and school all in one,” this collection of digitized local histories from across Canada boasts a powerful search capability that will let you zoom in on your ancestors whether they mined gold in the Klondike or manned forts in New Brunswick.

That’s My Family

A sort of Google for Canadian genealogy resources, this search engine is maintained by the Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec (Library and National Archives of Quebec). It covers databases hosted by federal, provincial and territorial archives and libraries, plus other partners.
Find additional tips and tools for your Canadian roots research in Family Tree Magazine’s Canadian Heritage Research Guide, an enhanced PDF available for download right to your computer. Available at Family Tree Shop
From the September 2010 Family Tree Magazine 

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