The genealogist and the family historian have access to different types of sources to find information of interest to them.

During your research, you will be looking mostly at digitized records, books, microfilms, microfiches, old written documents and photographs. We advise you to take care in noting references, and to consult original documents, if possible, to verify sources. You will have to be very patient and persistent to find the answers to your questions.

In this section, you will find information about these sources, grouped by topics, and:

  • records held at Library and Archives Canada;
  • records held in other institutions;
  • examples of documents;
  • links to databases and Web sites;
  • suggestions for published sources; and
  • research tips.

You can continue your research by consulting Places where you will learn about specific resources and search methods for a particular province or territory.

You will also find references to many other genealogical records by searching:

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