Library and Archives Canada (LAC)

As the custodian of our distant past and recent history, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is a key resource for all Canadians who wish to gain a better understanding of who they are, individually and collectively. LAC acquires, processes, preserves and provides access to our documentary heritage and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.


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Discover our extensive collection of Canadian census records from 1640 to 1926, and for Newfoundland from 1671 to 1945

Genealogy and family history

Learn about your ancestors with the help of our records and resources

Military heritage

Search our historical military records dating back to New France

Immigration records

Get passenger and border entry lists from 1865 to 1935

Theses Canada

Find theses and dissertations from Canadian universities since 1965

Legal deposit

Contribute to preserving Canada’s heritage by submitting publications in all mediums and formats to our national catalogue

Government of Canada records

Learn more about the management and disposition of Government of Canada records


Transcribe, tag, translate and describe our digital records

Indigenous heritage

Find collections pertaining to the documentary heritage about First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation

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