Canadian genealogy links and resources

In addition to genealogy resources at Library and Archives Canada (LAC), there are genealogical societies and other archives that hold resources for Canadian family history research. This page lists the major ones. You may have to visit these organizations in person to see records that are not online.

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Genealogical societies

These societies are organized and run by volunteers who share information and resources. Join a society in the area where your ancestors lived, or explore their websites for these types of resources:

  • free databases and indexes
  • member-only databases
  • information about in-person and virtual meetings, seminars and conferences
  • publications for sale, such as cemetery indexes
  • information about research services
  • their library catalogue
  • links for different regions and special interest groups
  • links to other local resources

There are genealogical societies in every province. These are the larger ones, but there are many more. Use an Internet search to find societies in different cities, counties and regions.

In the three territories, there may be local societies in some communities.


British Columbia

British Columbia Genealogical Society


New Brunswick

New Brunswick Genealogical Society

Newfoundland and Labrador

Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador

Nova Scotia

Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia


Ontario Ancestors: The Ontario Genealogical Society

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island Genealogical Society



Saskatchewan Genealogical Society

Provincial and territorial archives

Each province and territory has its own archives, and may have these types of records and resources:

  • civil registration and church records (birth, marriage and death records)
  • divorce, education, court and land records
  • municipal and county records
  • wills and estate records
  • maps, newspapers and photographs
  • genealogy indexes and databases
  • guides to specialized holdings
  • digital collections


Provincial Archives of Alberta

British Columbia

BC Archives


Archives of Manitoba

New Brunswick

Provincial Archives of New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

The Rooms

Northwest Territories

NWT Archives

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Archives


Nunavut Archives Program


Archives of Ontario

Prince Edward Island

Memory PEI


Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec


Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan


Yukon Archives

Religious archives

Many synagogues and Christian parishes transfer their older records relating to births, marriages and deaths to their regional archives. These are examples of larger religious archives.

Anglican (Church of England)

Archives in the Anglican Church of Canada


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


Evangelical Christian Church in Canada (Christian Disciples)





See United Church of Canada


Presbyterian Church in Canada: Archives

See United Church of Canada


Canadian Quaker Archives

Roman Catholic

Most dioceses have their own archives. Search the internet for "Catholic diocese archives" and the city or province. Some are listed in

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Canada & Bermuda Archives

United Church of Canada

The United Church of Canada Archives Circle

These archives may have records useful for genealogy research or they may know where such records are held:

Other archives in Canada

These archives, which are not specific to one region, hold many records useful for research because they provide information about individuals.

There are also many municipal, county, regional and specialized archives. You can search for them on the archival portal Try searching by subject or place. The database also includes the descriptions of archival holdings of hundreds of Canadian archives.

Additional online resources

These websites include a wide range of genealogy resources and links.

  • Ancestry Ancestry is one of LAC’s partners. Many LAC and other Canadian archival collections can be searched in this subscription website, which is free at LAC and most public libraries.
  • Canada GenWeb: find links by province, territory and subject.
  • Canadiana: search digitized historical publications and newspapers.
  • FamilySearch FamilySearch is one of LACs partners. Many LAC and other Canadian archival collections can be searched in this free website, as well as digitized books, family trees and information wikis.
  • Généalogie francophone en Amérique : Répertoire de ressources en ligne (French only): find links for French-Canadian genealogy.
  • Héritage: search digitized archival microfilm held by LAC.