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July 2010
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Canada Celebrates its 143rd Birthday!
Summer is officially here and what better way to celebrate Canada and family than with Ancestry.ca. At Ancestry.ca you can search an array of Canadian historical collections - see below for quick links to our most popular Canadian collections and also a tip on how to narrow your search to only include Canadian records. Enjoy all that Canada has to offer this season and discover more of your Canadian roots with these great Canadian family history record collections.
Canadian Collections
Census of Canada Records
1900s: 1901, 1906, 1911, 1916
1800s: 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891
Birth, Marriage & Death Records
Vital records provide rich details and form the backbone of your story.

Quebec Vital & Church Records
Over 300 years of records in the Drouin Collection,
the best resource for French-Canadians.
Quebec Vital & Church Records
Quebec Notarial Records
Acadian Catholic Church Records
Ontario French Catholic Church Records
Miscellaneous French Records

Nova Scotia, Vital Records:
Births, Marriage & Deaths

Ontario Marriages by Clergy

Immigration & Travel Records

Canadian Passenger Lists
Find your immigrant ancestor. Discover 7 million names,
40 years and 4000 ships.

Canadian Ocean Arrivals

Canada Border Crossings
From Canada to the US, 1895–1956
From the US to Canada, 1908–1935

Irish Canadian Emigration Records, 1823–1849

Narrow your search on Ancestry.ca to only include Canadian records. When searching on Ancestry.ca make sure to check the box to "Display Canadian records only".

Once you're on the search results page change your "view" (at the top right within the green bar) to "Summarized by category". This will allow you to dig deeper into the most relevant Canadian collection of your choice.

Give it a try. You may just find what you're looking for.

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NEW COLLECTION   |   Available to Canadian Deluxe & World Deluxe Members
Canada, Militia and Defence Forces Lists,
1832, 1863–1939
Militia image New to Ancestry.ca is the Canada, Militia and Defence Forces Lists, 1832, 1863-1939. These published officer's lists can be invaluable in recreating the career of a military officer, whether he was in the Canadian armed forces, a Canadian serving in the British forces or a British officer in Canada. The lists show promotions and transfers and even retirement and some lists, such as the Defence forces list, Canada, are rich in personal detail. Any ancestor who may have served in the Canadian Militia, the Permanent Force between 1871 and 1922, and in the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force in the 1930s can be searched within these collections. Don't hesitate and search this exciting new collection today.
NEW COLLECTION   |   Available to World Deluxe Members
UK, Casualties of the Boer War, 1899–1902
The Boer War between the British Empire and the two independent Boer republics in South Africa lasted three years, 1899-1902, and involved a large number of troops from many British possessions such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada and the Boer people with a high casualty rate on both sides. This database contains information from the over 54,000 soldiers who either died or were wounded during the Boer War. boer war
NEW COLLECTION   |   Available to World Deluxe Members
UK, Waterloo Medal Roll 1815
waterloo medal The Battle of Waterloo on June 18, 1815 marked the defeat of Napolean and the end of his rule of the French Empire. This database contains information from the Waterloo Medal Book naming those soldiers who fought at Waterloo between Napolean's French Army and the Seventh Coalition, a combined army that included British troops under command of the Duke of Wellington. The medal was given to approximately 39,000 men and effectively forms a roll call of Wellington's army.
NEW COLLECTION   |   Available to World Deluxe Members
U.S. County Land Ownership Maps, 1860–1918
Find your ancestor in this collection of maps and you'll get a good look at the old homestead – or even the city block. Maps include drawn outlines of individual plans, each with the property owner's name. The latest improvements make all 6.9 million names fully indexed and searchable. land image
NEW COLLECTION   |   Available to World Deluxe Members
Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800–1900
revolutionary image This collection includes an estimated 80,000 application files from officers and enlisted men who served in the Revolutionary War in all branches of the American military. Applications cover pensions and land claims offered as an enticement to serve during the Revolutionary War.
Related Updates: U.S. Compiled Revolutionary War Military Service Records, 1775–1783
You may find what you're looking for at our Message Boards
New Site Features
How can I eliminate all the European records from
my Canadian-only search?
We've updated our advanced search form a few months back to handle this.

Here is what you do:

If you are not in "Advanced Search", click on "Show Advanced".

You should now see this form, with the "Collection Priority" section near the bottom.

Select "Canadian" from the drop down menu.

And then check the box next to "Show only records from these collections".

Now when you do a search, we will only include results from our data collections that we have identified as being from Canada.

This feature is what we call "sticky" which means it will stay set until you change it. So if you want to see records outside of Canada, make sure you change the Collection Priority setting.
How to see your Ancestor's Home…from yours
Step 1. Find out where your ancestor lived by searching census records and city directories at Ancestry.ca. Note town names, counties, street names and addresses.

Step 2. Plug the street address and/or town into an Internet search to pull up a modern map with satellite images. Zoom in to see what the land looks like today.


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