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Websites for your Canadian Research
Canadian Genealogy Centre, Library and Archives Canada
The Canadian Genealogy Centre is run by Canada’s national archives and library. Their mission is to “facilitate the discovery of our roots and family histories as a basic part of our Canadian heritage” and “to encourage the use of genealogy and the resources available in libraries and archives as tools for life-long learning.”
The Centre is working to provide greater access to the materials in the nation’s libraries and archives. A number of databases are available online, including census, land, immigration, and some vital records. Information is also available on obtaining materials through your local library via Interlibrary Loan.
The Canadian counterpart to USGenWeb offers a wide variety of information on researching our neighbour to the north. Each province and territory has its own page, with subpages further dividing the province/territory into sections. There are a number of national projects being conducted, including cemetery transcriptions, Bible transcriptions, and even an Immigrants to Canada list. The CanadaGenWeb blog provides the latest information about the site.
The Quaker Archives and Library of Canada
The Quaker Archives and Library of Canada has two components: The Canadian Yearly Meeting Archives and The Arthur Garratt Dorland Reference Library. The library contains thousands of non-circulating books, journals, newspapers, and pamphlets dating from the late 1600s to today. The Yearly Meeting archives, including information from the half-yearly, quarterly, monthly, and preparative meetings and their various committees, are a trove of information for genealogists; finding aids and catalogues are available online for their collections. Also available is the Canadian Quaker Genealogical Index, which provides access to information on individuals mentioned in the meeting records.
Geographical Names of Canada
Geographical Names of Canada is a website run by National Resources Canada/Ressources Naturelles Canada. Since 1897 names on official federal government maps have been authorized through a national committee, now known as the Geographical Names Board of Canada (GNBC). The Canadian Geographical Names Data Base (CGNDB) is the data bank of Canada’s geographical names, maintained by the Geographical Names Section, part of the Centre for Topographic Information, Geomatics Canada, Natural Resources Canada. You can search the database online for free, by name or GPS coordinates. Remember that this records the name of civil divisions and geographical features, not church parishes. You can even get a national or regional map that pinpoints the location of your town.
Canadian Genealogical Projects Registry
The Alberta Family Histories Society keeps a section on their website devoted to projects being worked on to abstract, index, and transcribe records from across Canada. Listing is free, and a number of projects have information available online. AFHS itself maintains a database of cemetery transcriptions from the province. https://afhs.ab.ca/data-projects/