On Day 20 of Family History Month, try out the resources at Canadiana.
Candiana.org has a free search engine for its digital collections from libraries, museums, and archives throughout Canada. The Canadiana Discovery Portal searches over 40 partnering institutions with over 40 million pages of digitized content.
The Portal provides a wealth of free Canadian history online, including: books, journals, directories, newspapers, government documents, photographs, maps, and postcards.
Also check out Canadiana Online. Canadiana Online is a specific subcollection including:
Monographs to 1920
Periodicals to 1920
Annuals to 1900
Federal government publications to 1900
Colonial government publications to 1867
Newspapers to 1926
You can search Canadiana Online for free, but with a subscription you'll be directed to the precise image/page rather than just the collection where your search return is found. You'll also …
If you're doing Canadian family history research, Héritage is a great digital resource.
Héritage is a free database at Canadiana and contains some of Canada’s primary source documents. Héritage searches the archival material of Library and Archives Canada, “Chronicling the country and its people from the 1600s to the mid-1900s, this collection represents a vast and unique resource for Canadian historians, students, and genealogists.”
The free service will search the database for you and return the collections where your ancestor's name is recorded. Then you will need to go page by page, looking for your ancestor's name.
In the image below I searched for an ancestor, Jehiel Cass, and Héritage found nine results. With the free service, I would then need to go through each collection, image by image, looking for Jehiel Cass (not knowing if he appears more than once in that collection).
The subscription service will search the database for you, return the collecti…
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