Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada

October 15, 2007 11:28 ET

Library and Archives Canada Makes Tracing Your Canadian Ancestors Easier

To: Assignment Editors

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2007) - Library and Archives Canada (LAC) today announced three new online products to assist genealogists and family historians to access information on their ancestors in both LAC and other Canadian collections.

Chief among these is the newly redesigned Canadian Genealogy Centre website, at www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy. The website makes available Canadian collections of immigration, military, public service, land and census records and provides advice and guidance to researchers. It was voted one of the world's 100-best genealogy websites by Family Tree magazine.

Two new powerful search tools are now available on the Canadian Genealogy Centre website: Ancestors Search, developed by LAC, combines 18 genealogical databases into one search and That's My Family, developed by Bibliotheque et Archives nationales du Quebec, in partnership with LAC and supported by the Council of Provincial and Territorial Archivists of Canada. The latter search tool accesses various federal, provincial and territorial genealogy and family history databases.

"The new Canadian Genealogy Centre website provides easy access to records of significant interest to Canadians," said Librarian and Archivist of Canada Ian E. Wilson. "The search tools allow Canadians access to a very personal piece of Canadian history-a piece relating to somebody's own family-with the click of a mouse." Mr. Wilson added that the new website and search tools demonstrate how LAC's priorities in digitizing its collections and in working through partnerships with other institutions, benefit Canadians wherever they may be.

Contact Information

  • Library and Archives Canada
    Pauline M. Portelance
    Senior Media Relations Officer
    819-994-4589
    or
    Library and Archives Canada
    Louisa Coates
    Senior Communications Officer
    819-934-5721