In Search of Your Canadian Roots

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This is the new 3rd edition of Angus Baxter’s classic In Search of Your Canadian Roots, now brought up to date with revised listings of finding-aids, record repositories, and e-mail and web site addresses. Handled with the acumen we have come to expect of Canada’s leading genealogist, it first discusses the great migrations of Scots, Irish, English, Germans, Huguenots, Ukrainians, and Jews to Canada; describes the national archives in Ottawa, with its holdings of censuses, parish registers, naturalization ...
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Overview

This is the new 3rd edition of Angus Baxter’s classic In Search of Your Canadian Roots, now brought up to date with revised listings of finding-aids, record repositories, and e-mail and web site addresses. Handled with the acumen we have come to expect of Canada’s leading genealogist, it first discusses the great migrations of Scots, Irish, English, Germans, Huguenots, Ukrainians, and Jews to Canada; describes the national archives in Ottawa, with its holdings of censuses, parish registers, naturalization records, land and homestead records, military records, and passenger lists; summarizes the holdings of the LDS Church relating to Canada; and explores the vast nationwide record sources such as census records and church registers.

Next it provides a province-by-province survey of genealogical sources—in effect, a step-by-step guide to the records and record repositories in each of the ten provinces and the Yukon and Northwest territories. This core section gives a detailed breakdown—by province and territory—of vital records, wills, land records, censuses, church records, newspapers, and books, then lists libraries, societies, and archives and their major holdings and ongoing projects.

For both beginners and experienced researchers alike, the new 3rd edition of In Search of Your Canadian Roots gives common-sense tips on where to begin your research, how to work backward in time from the known to the unknown, how to test your facts and avoid common mistakes, and, ultimately, how to create a family tree. Whether your family has been in Canada for centuries or only several generations, this superb book will show you how to trace your Canadian roots and have fun doing it.

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Library Journal
Baxter, the author of several "In Search of" books, returns with an updated version of his guide to Canadian genealogical research. As in the earlier editions, Baxter covers the basics of research. He also provides an interesting overview of major group migrations to Canada; discusses the importance of using LDS Family History Centers, the National Archives of Canada, and major records sources such as censuses, church records, and registers; and touches briefly on coats of arms. Baxter then devotes several chapters to each province's available records, archives, genealogical societies, cemeteries, and libraries. A bibliography at the end of the book provides general histories and genealogical readings. The book does not delve as deeply into source materials as does a provincial handbook like Brenda Dougall Merriman's Genealogy in Ontario (Ontario Genealogical Society, 1996. 3d ed.), but it does provide a very useful introduction to general Canadian research. Highly recommended for all collections. Grenham's new edition builds on its predecessor's excellent coverage of Irish genealogical sources. As in the first edition (LJ 1/93), a brief introduction to initiating a research project is followed by a discussion of the major sources. Although Grenham broadened the scope of this edition to include information about the holdings of the Family History Library and other repositories in Ireland, libraries should not discard the first edition, as it contains a large amount of data not to be found in the second. For instance, the new edition includes listings of Roman Catholic parish records rather than the Church of Ireland parish records listings that were part of the first edition. Informationabout manuscripts in the Genealogical Office and a list of family histories located in the National Library of Ireland are also omitted. Libraries that own James Ryan's outstanding Irish Records (Ancestry, 1997) will still want to purchase this book for its updated information. Recommended for all collections. Milner, a professional researcher and speaker, and Jonas, president of the British Isles Family History Society, offer their combined expertise to those in search of their English heritage. Geared more toward beginners than Mark Herber's Ancestral Trails (LJ 3/1/98), this starts with an excellent review of the basics of research and the procedures to acquire information from stateside libraries, LDS Family History Centers, and the Internet. Several chapters then address specific, complex sorts of records. Copious examples give readers an idea of what to expect. Icons point out tips, reminders, and case studies, and brief bibliographies for further reading are found throughout the book. For its thorough introduction and its direct approach to sometimes challenging records, this book is highly recommended for all libraries.--Elaine M. Kuhn, Allen Cty. P.L., Ft. Wayne, IN Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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A guide to Canadian resources for genealogical research. The author, after discussing some of the major European migrations into Canada, provides information in the uses of Mormon records, the national archives, censuses, church registers, and coats of arms. Separate chapters are provided for resources available in each province and a final chapter presents an example of how to write a family history. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
American Reference Books Annual
Recommended for genealogists and genealogical collections with an interest in Canada.
Forum
. . . this is the best reference book available for anyone approaching family history work in the Canadian provinces.
P. William Filby
Excellent standard work on Canadian and other areas. Basic guide book.
American & British Genealogy & Heraldry
Southam News Service
Solid, comprehensive and informative—touching on every conceivable subject.
Western New York Genealogical Society
This book is an excellent source of information for the researcher delving into Canadian ancestral roots. . . . even experienced researchers will find this compendium of data useful.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806314488
  • Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: 2nd ed., rev. and updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Acknowledgements xi
Abbreviations xviii
Chapter 1 Starting Off on the Right Foot 1
Chapter 2 How to Start the Family Tree 14
Chapter 3 The Great Migrations 27
The Scots and the Irish 28
German-Speaking Settlers 30
The Huguenots 31
United Empire Loyalists 34
The Ukrainians 38
The Jews in Canada 43
Note on Passenger Lists 46
Chapter 4 LDS Church (Mormon) Records 48
Chapter 5 The National Archives 54
Chapter 6 Censuses 65
Chapter 7 Church Records and Registers 69
Chapter 8 Coats of Arms 90
Chapter 9 Alberta 95
Chapter 10 British Columbia 114
Chapter 11 Manitoba 130
Chapter 12 New Brunswick 145
Chapter 13 Newfoundland and Labrador 172
Chapter 14 Acadians 181
Chapter 15 Nova Scotia 191
Chapter 16 Ontario 213
Chapter 17 Prince Edward Island 296
Chapter 18 Quebec 308
Chapter 19 Saskatchewan 335
Chapter 20 The Yukon and Northwest Territories 350
Chapter 21 Writing a Family History 356
Bibliography 365
Index 372
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