Find Canadian Ancestors in Any Time Period

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Use this online Olive Tree Genealogy database if you are searching for Canadian ancestors in any time period.


  • Varies by location but may contain:
  • Census records
  • Ships passenger lists
  • Church records
  • Newspaper transcriptions
  • Military records
  • Other miscellaneous data
  • Historical overviews
  • Boundary and name changes for locations
  • Tutorials to help genealogists find other Canadian records

Internet address:

or do a Google search using the terms "Canadian ancestors"

Using the site:

  • Scroll down to "Where do I Start Looking for my Canadian Ancestors?"
  • Choose a Canadian Province or Territory to begin your search.
  • Once the Province or Territory page displays, pick a topic from the list at the top of the page (examples are Church records, census Records etc).
  • The new page that displays will provide you with a browseable index of online databases for that particular topic. You may also choose "Ships Passenger Lists to Canada" at the start page instead of choosing a location.




Look for the Olive Tree button to quickly find the free databases.

The site does not contain records of all Canadians.