Humanities › History & Culture Canada Ancestry Top Databases for Genealogy Research Share Flipboard Email Print History & Culture Genealogy Vital Records Around the World Basics Surnames Genealogy Fun American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated February 25, 2019 If you're searching for Canadian ancestors online, these databases and websites are the best places to begin your search. Expect to find a wide variety of records for building out your Canadian family tree, including census records, passenger lists, military records, church records, naturalization documents, land records and more. Best of all, many of these resources are free! 01 of 10 Library and Archives Canada: Canadian Genealogy Centre Library and Archives Canada Search for free in a variety of Canadian genealogy resources, including digitized census and passenger lists, land records, naturalization records, passport, and other identity papers, and military records. Not all databases are included in the "Ancestors Search," so check out the complete list of available Canadian genealogy databases. Don't miss the collection of historical Canadian directories! Free. 02 of 10 FamilySearch: Canadian Historical Records Access millions of genealogical records from the British Isles online for free on the FamilySearch website. © 2016 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. From Crown land grants in British Columbia to notarial records in Quebec, FamilySearch features millions of digitized documents and transcribed records for Canadian researchers. Explore census, probate, naturalization, immigration, church, court, and vital records—available records vary by province. Free. 03 of 10 Ancestry.com / Ancestry.ca 2016 Ancestry Subscription site Ancestry.ca (Canadian records also available through a World Subscription at Ancestry.com) offers numerous databases containing hundreds of millions of records for Canadian genealogy including Canadian census records, voter registration records, homestead records, passenger lists, military records, and vital records. One of their more popular Canadian databases is the Historic Drouin Collection, which contains 37 million French-Canadian names appearing in Quebec records spanning 346 years from 1621 to 1967. All records require a subscription to access or sign up for a free trial. Subscription. 04 of 10 Canadiana © Canadiana.org 2016 Over 40 million documents and pages of Canada's printed heritage (old books, magazines, newspapers, etc.) can be accessed online, covering the time of the first European settlers up to the early 20th century. Many of the digital collections are free, but access to Early Canadiana Online requires a paid subscription (individual memberships available). Many libraries and universities throughout Canada offer subscriptions to their patrons, so check with them first for free access. Subscription. 05 of 10 Canada GenWeb ©CanadaGenWeb The various province and territory projects under the umbrella of Canada GenWeb offer access to transcribed records, including census records, cemeteries, vital records, land records, wills, and more. While there, don't miss the Canada GenWeb Archives, where you can access some of the contributed files in one location. Free. 06 of 10 Programme de recherche en démographie historique (PRDH) - Quebec Parish Records www.genealogy.umontreal.ca The Programme de recherche en démographie historique (PRDH) at the Université de Montréal offers this searchable collection of Quebec databases includes 2.4 million Catholic certificates of baptism, marriage, and burial of Quebec, and Protestant marriages, 1621-1849. Searches are free, but viewing your results costs about $25 for 150 hits. Pay per view. 07 of 10 British Columbia Historical Newspapers University of British Columbia This project of the University of British Columbia features digitized versions of more than 140 historical papers from around the province. The titles, which range from the Abbotsford Post to the Ymir Miner, date from 1865 to 1994. Similar newspaper projects from other provinces include Peel's Prairie Provinces from the University of Alberta and Manitoba. The Google News Archive also includes digitized images of dozens of Canadian newspapers. Free. 08 of 10 Canadian Virtual Wall Memorial Veterans Affairs Canada Search this free registry for information about the graves and memorials of more than 118,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders who served valiantly and gave their lives for their country. Free. 09 of 10 Immigrants to Canada Topical Press Agency / Getty Images Marj Kohli has amassed a wonderful collection of record extracts documenting immigrants to Canada in the nineteenth century. This includes voyage accounts, lists of ships sailing to Canada, 1800s emigrant handbooks that document life for the Canadian immigrant and government immigration reports. Free. 10 of 10 Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics Crown copyright © 2015, Province of Nova Scotia More than a million Nova Scotia birth, marriage and death records can be searched here for free. Every name is also linked to a digitized copy of the original record which can also be viewed and downloaded for free. High-quality electronic and paper copies are also available for purchase. Free.