Canadian Sources, Eh?

If your ancestors originate from the British Isles, and came to north America after the Revolutionary war, it was easier for them to immigrate through Canada and then make their way to the United States since Canada was still part of the British Empire.

Library and Archives Canada has a rich database for Canadian genealogy research. You can access the website here:http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/search/Pages/ancestors-search.aspx

Here you will find passenger lists for passengers arriving through the port of Quebec, passenger lists for entry to other ports like Halifax, border crossings between Canada and the US, census records, land grants and military records.

Another rich resource is the database for Prince Edward Island genealogy, which can be found here: http://www.islandregister.com/ Here you will find land grants, ship’s arrivals, wills, family lineages for the early settlers of the Island and more. The link to the provincial genealogy society: (PEI)

British Columbia vital statistics are available through: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/vital-statistics The link to the provincial genealogy society: BC

Alberta vital statistics are available through: https://www.servicealberta.ca/1175.cfm The link to the provincial genealogy society: Alberta 

Saskatchewan vital statistics are available through: http://www.saskarchives.com/using-archives/family-history-research/online-resources. The link to the provincial genealogy society: Saskatchewan

Manitoba vital statistics are available through: http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/. The link to the provincial genealogy society: Manitoba 

Ontario vital statistics are available through: http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/index.aspx The link to the provincial genealogy societ: Ontario 

Quebec vital statistics are available through: http://www.dec.gouv.qc.ca/en/default.html The link to the provincial genealogy society: Quebec

New Brunswick vital statistics are available through: http://archives.gnb.ca/Archives/?culture=en-CA The link to the provincial genealogy society: NB

Nova Scotia vital statistics are available through: https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com/  The link to the provincial genealogy society: NS

and vital statistics for Newfoundland are available through: http://ngb.chebucto.org/Vstats/1dist-vstats-idx.shtml. The link to the provincial genealogy society: Nfld

Best of luck tracking your ancestors who may have spent time in Canada.

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