Canadian Connections

by E.B. Lapointe

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As far as genealogy is concerned, Canada is an 'in-between' country in that often it was used as a way station between the rest of the world and America. People would emigrate to Canada, stay a while, maybe put down a few roots, and then travel on to the US looking for work and a better life. The goal of this column will be to help educate you as to where "Canadian Connections" genealogical sources are located and how to use them.

Archived Articles

Top Ten Events in Canadian Genealogy
A number of websites came online, and those already online expanded their databases and holdings.

Canada Remembers
On Remembrance Day, a national ceremony is conducted at the National War Memorial in Ottawa...

Canadians "Out West"
A ship called the Mary Jane carried nineteen young men caught up in the excitement over the California Gold Rush.

Maritimers in the "Boston States"
From the late 1800s to the early 1900s, many members from both of my father's and mother's families went to the Boston States to look for work.

Canadians in the New England States
In July of 1987, as we drove towards Quebec (from Nova Scotia) on Highway 201 in Maine—through Moose River, Jackman, Skowhegan, and Madison—we didn't realize that we were travelling on an old road called the "Canada Road."

Italian-Canadian Heritage
This is the first major national exhibition to present the day-to-day lives and diversity of Italian-Canadians.

France-Canada 1604-2004
The genealogy part of the database will be called the Research Program on French Emigration to Nouvelle-France, or the PREFEN Project.

The Irish in Canada
Some of the best websites for Irish resources.

Finding Your Jewish Ancestor in Canada
The first Jewish settlers arrived in 1760, and there, in 1768, established the first synagogue in Canada. Today, nearly 100,000 Jewish people live in Montreal.

Researching Aboriginal Ancestry
In February of this year, the Canadian Genealogy Centre published a guide for researching aboriginal ancestors in the Library and Archives of Canada.

Black Loyalists to Nova Scotia
Lord Dunmore, the Royal Governor of Virginia, declared that any slave or indentured person was to be given their freedom if they took up arms and joined the British against the Rebels.

Winnipeg's Heritage Goes Virtual
Rey Pagtakhan announced that the federal government's Department of Canadian Heritage will contribute monies towards the set-up of the Heritage Winnipeg Virtual Library/Interactive Guide.

Home Children
Those children who were sent to Canada and the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries from the United Kingdom.

The Forgotten War
A monument to the Canadian Fallen who died during the Korean Conflict was unveiled in Confederation Park in Ottawa.

Finding Your French-Canadian Ancestors
Find new information about a previously known French-Canadian forefather or foremother?

American Loyalists in Canada
Approximately 40,000 fled to Canada and formed the basis of the English-speaking society in the country.

The Acadian Diaspora
In 1755, some 8,000 Acadians were expelled from their land because they would not sign a declaration of loyalty to the new British government in the colony.

The Acadians of Atlantic Canada
The 400th anniversary of French settlement in Atlantic Canada will take place in 2004.

Prime Minister Announces Centre
The centre has, as its mandate, the preservation of Canada's political and civic history.

Library and Archives to Merge
The newly created agency will make greater use of 21st century technologies to reach Canadians.

Canadian Genealogy Centre Opens
The Canadian Genealogy Centre of the Library and Archives of Canada had its official opening on 29 March, 2003

Canadian Land Records
Many records have been microfilmed and are available through inter-institutional loan.

Canadian Church Records
Church records have been made public on a very inconsistent basis in Canada.

1906 Canadian Census Released
This census is so important because it has documented the migration of thousands of European immigrants.

Civil Registrations - Part I - Part II
Civil registrations are those events in life such as births, marriages, and deaths (BMDs) which are required to be registered with the government.

Canadian Cemeteries
Started by various genealogical societies across the country as one of their special projects, the societies have continuously encouraged their members to transcribe all the cemeteries in their area.

Canadian Census Records To Research
Census-taking was done sporadically in the following years in different parts of the country. It was not until the first national census was done in 1871, that a standard procedure was initiated.

So Where is My Canadian Ancestor, Eh?
The country has played a bit of a 'catch-up' game since then with its records, and only over the past few years has the country's genealogy societies deemed it necessary to index the census returns.

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