29 July 2014

Oh Canada ... family history research just keeps getting easier!



Researching Canadian records is getting easier and easier.

Every time I get an update about what is new on the Héritage website, I salivate.

The Héritage project is a 10-year initiative to digitize and make accessible online some of Canada’s most popular archival collections encompassing roughly 60 million pages of primary-source documents. Chronicling the country and its people from the 1600s to the mid-1900s, this collection represents a vast and unique resource for Canadian historians, students, and genealogists.

Here are a few of the “newest” items added to this collection (courtesy of the Library and Archives Canada Blog):

1946 Army Central Registry
Adolphe-Philippe Caron fonds
Department of Agriculture: Docket and letterbook registry system, general correspondence
Department of Agriculture, Dominion Chemist: Letterbooks, 1889–1933
Department of Indian Affairs: General accounts, 1846–1979
Department of Indian Affairs: Trust fund journals, 1875–1938
Department of Labour, Economics and Research Branch: Strikes and lockout files
Department of Militia and Defence: Registers and lists of officers
Department of Public Works, Board of Works records: Registers and indexes
Department of Transport: Civil aircraft registration, inspection and operation files, 1920–1986
Deputy Postmaster General: Letterbooks related to personnel
Letterbooks of the Office of the Deputy Minister of Justice
Meteorological Service, 1874–1933
Montreal Amateur Athletic Association fonds
Office of the Indian Reserve Commissioner for the Province of British Columbia
Operational records of the Penitentiary Branch, 1834–1962
Parish registers: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec
Records and correspondence sent from the Postmaster General
Registers to letters received by the Postmaster General’s office
Registry files related to the Railway Branch
Soldiers Settlement Board: The Platt Books
Walter Livingstone-Learmonth diaries
War Cabinet Committee, 1938–1945
War diaries
World War I: Veterans claim cards

What a diverse wealth of information available at your fingertips and while still in your jammies as you sip your coffee (or tea).

Do recognize that these are digitized microfilm reels.  These records are NOT indexed and they are made available to you in a browsable format – no different than sitting down at a “virtual” microfilm reader.

You can search the entire collection or you can browse features collections: Genealogy, Aboriginal History, Government Documents, Military History, and Landmark Papers.

It makes me wish I was currently researching a Canadian family.  Hmmm. I might have to revisit my husband’s ancestry.






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