Monday, 14 March 2016

Books about Canadian genealogy

Without a doubt, one of the best books for Canadian genealogy is 'Finding Your Canadian Ancestors' by Sherry Irvine and Dave Obee, published 2007.
   This introduction to Canadian genealogy gives a lot of tips of where to find records in government archives, tips on specific areas of interest, ie: Metis or German ancestors who emigrated to Canada. The book also specifically outlines resources in each province. If it isn't in your local library, or family history society library, it should be!

As well, Dave Obee's page for books on family history is very good and he also provides FREE Downloads of articles relating to specific research. For example:
Back to the Land: A Genealogical Guide to Finding Farms on the Canadian Prairies
Family History Books

'Tools of the trade for Canadian genealogy : a guide for family historians researching in Canada' by Althea Douglas, published in 2004 is also a very well known book for finding important Canadian resources.

A very early publication that I personally started out with is:
'The Canadian genealogical handbook : a comprehensive guide to finding your ancestors in Canada'  published in 1978 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Although quite outdated, it has some very common sense answers to the most basic of questions. Look for it on a second hand book site such as Abe Books. A favourite.

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