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Get great hints and tips on how to start your family history research as well as how to get the most out of the Ancestry.ca website.

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Just starting out?

Begin by building your family tree. Start with yourself and your parents and build out from there. This will give you a base from which you can easily identify gaps in your knowledge and highlights the questions you’ll need to ask your relatives. Engaging other family members is the key to successful research. Read more about building and sharing your Tree including photos, stories and more.


It’s always best to search with a purpose in mind. For example, to find a reference to a known ancestor, discover other family members living in the same household or obtain reference details to enable you to order a birth marriage or death certificate. Creating and saving a tree in 'Family Tree' on Ancestry.ca is a great way to ensure your searching gets off to a flying start.

Not there yet? Start by speaking to family members and capture your findings using our free family tree service.

Family History Toolbox

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Use our tools and tips to help you discover your family history
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Use our family history charts to organise your data.

From the Ancestry Library

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