Genealogy and family history

Genealogy is a wonderful pursuit and part of lifelong learning. For some, it is an enjoyable hobby. For others, it becomes a passion. Learn about your ancestors and discover family secrets with the help of records and resources at Library and Archives Canada.

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How to begin your research

Learn the basic steps and principles to help you start your family history research.

Access genealogical records

Explore the options for accessing genealogical records, such as consulting records online or at a distance, hiring a freelance researcher or ordering copies of documents.

Research by place

Consult historical information and genealogical records by province or territory.

Research by topic

Consult historical information and genealogical records by topic.

Research by ethno-cultural group

Consult historical information and genealogical records by ethno-cultural group.

Databases for ancestor research

See a complete list of online resources and databases that will help you find your ancestors and family members.

Additional research resources

Browse our list of additional research resources arranged by type of institution and location.

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