Try the Heritage Canadiana web site

I enjoy the monthly meetings of our Red Deer Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society – this month we had an excellent presentation by Sue on doing Scottish Research – and then there is always news items to catch up on.  On our agenda this month I noticed the following web site:

At first I thought this was a government website – it did say it was in partnership with Library and Archives Canada – but  “ is an independent, registered charity.” “ works to preserve Canada’s documentary history and make it accessible online. With the support of Canada’s major memory institutions, we identify, catalogue, and digitize documentary heritage—books, newspapers, periodicals, images and nationally-significant archival materials—in specialized searchable databases.”  

The main page shows 5 featured collections –  one of which is genealogy.  Within the genealogy collection are 84 items.  Keep in mind that these are digitized documents – and I did not find an index to names, so it might take a little work to use the collection.  This would be well worth it if you found some original documents that include your ancestors.  What records might interest you? Parish registers from several provinces: 13 reels from Quebec, 7 reels from New Brunswick, 13 reels from Nova Scotia, 8 reels from Ontario.  There is also the 1891 Census for the City of Victoria.

Makes you appreciate the FamilySearch indexing project, but still well worth checking if you have Canadian ancestry! And keep in mind that more collections will be digitized. 

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