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Fall 2003
A Publication of the St. Louis Public Library

Vol.3   No. 4

This feature highlights web pages of interest to genealogists researching Canadian ancestors.
The National Archives of Canada

This site includes a section on Genealogy Research that is packed with interesting, informative articles, plus some searchable online databases. A free 30-page publication, "Tracing Your Ancestors in Canada," is available to computer users who have Adobe Acrobat (or order a printed copy from the Archives). The welcome page provides links to the websites of Canadian provincial and territorial archives and genealogical societies. A link is also available to the National Library of Canada (NAC). The website also provides access to ArchiviaNet, the NAC’s online research and consultation tool. The components of ArchiviaNet include General Inventory, Research Guides, Detailed Descriptions, Virtual Exhibits, and Online Services. Included in ArchiviaNet are the Colonial Archives of Canada, the Postal Archives of Canada, the Home Children Database, War Diaries of the First World War, and the Miscellaneous Immigration Index (1801-1849).

The Colonial Archives of Canada contains over 70,000 detailed descriptions of text documents and over 35,000 scanned images of documents relating to the colonial history of Canada. The Postal Archives of Canada includes a database created from a series of postal history record cards and includes information on existing and closed post offices in the 10 provinces and territories. The Home Children Database is an ongoing project that is indexing the names of over 100,000 children who were sent from Great Britain to Canada during the period 1869-1930. War Diaries of the First World War contain the digitized diaries of Canadian Expeditionary Force units during WWI. These diaries are daily accounts of a military unit's activities, not the personal diaries of individuals.

The Miscellaneous Immigration Index (1801-1849) provides indexing for the Canadian immigrant lists available prior to 1865. Prior to 1865, the Canadian government did not require shipping companies to retain their ship manifests and few passenger lists survived. Those that do pertain mostly to immigrants from Great Britain to Ontario and Quebec. Free access to this index (includes approximately 15,000 names) is available on the InGeneas website. (

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