Family Histories

In general, family histories consist of two different types of research. The Family Tree is mapped out through the use of vital statistics. Birth records, death certificates, enlistment papers, ship’s manifests, baptism certificates, obituaries, etc. are used to identify an individual’s ancestors. Secondly, stories from newspapers, local and oral histories, archival records, etc. are used to place people within the context of their times. 

Just beginning your family history?

Looking for specific digital resources?
Visit our GENEALOGY LINKS page.


Genealogy and Family History, Library and Archives Canada: General information for the novice Family Historian includes sections on: How to begin, Databases, Sources for genealogy research by topic and by place, Other research tools, How to access our records, and more. 

Ancestry: One of the largest genealogy sites on the web with  access to over six billion genealogy records. Offers DNA testing; 14-day free trials available. 

Canada GenWeb: “Gateway to  Free Canadian Genealogy.” Volunteer-driven resources, how-to-start information, links to  various research projects and provincial GenWeb organizations with local links. 

Family Search: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints provides Family Search free of charge to everyone, regardless of tradition, culture, or religious affiliation.