Get Started with Ancestry.ca
Exploring your family's history can be an exciting adventure—like solving a mystery wrapped in a puzzle. But without a time machine to help you find your ancestors, we rely on trustworthy online genealogy tools like Ancestry.ca to guide us.
Ancestry.ca Library Edition is a key resource for genealogical or historical research and includes census information, vital records, immigration and military records, photos, maps, and gazetteers (geographical indexes). Coverage with this resource includes Canada, the US, and the UK, dating back, in some instances, to the early 13th century.
Use In the Library
You can use Ancestry.ca Library Edition inside a library branch. Look under RESOURCES on the library website, under Learning & Research > Reference & Research.
And anyone can use this resource—no library card number is needed! Make sure you bring a USB flash drive to the library to download your records.
How to Browse & Research
There are a few ways to search in Ancestry.ca Library Edition. You can search using a person’s name in the Family History Search or explore databases of photos, maps, birth records, and more. Please be aware that some features, like creating a family tree, are not available in the Ancestry.ca edition you can freely access through the library.
Through their Learning Center pages, you can jumpstart or improve your genealogical research with Ancestry.ca’s top search tips and tricks, covering fascinating topics like DNA, passenger lists, cemetery research, and finding your shady “black sheep” ancestors.
Ancestry.ca continuously adds new databases and digitized collections, so plan to visit this eResource often.