Bibliography of Canadian Genealogy Handbooks (National Institute)

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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Canadian Vital Statistics Records Part 2  by by Sharon L. Murphy. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

National Reference

Baxter, Angus. In Search of Your Canadian Roots: Tracing your family tree in Canada, 3rd edition. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1999.

Douglas, Althea. Here Be Dragons! Navigating the hazards found in Canadian Genealogical Research. Ontario Genealogical Society, 1996.

Douglas, Althea. Here Be Dragons Too! More navigational hazards for the Canadian family researcher. Ontario Genealogical Society, 2000.

Douglas, Althea. Tools of the Trade for Canadian Genealogy. Ontario Genealogical Society, revised edition 2004.

Dryden, Jean. Demystifying Copyright: A Researcher’s Guide to Copyright in Canadian Libraries and Archives. Canadian Library Association, 2001.

Gilchrist, J. Brian and Nancy J. Duffy.Index to Canadian Parliamentary Divorces, 1867-1930. A. Gilchrist, 2001.

Jonasson, Eric. The Canadian Genealogical Handbook. Wheatfield Press, 1976 and 1978 (out of print).

Kerr, Donald G.G., editor. Historical Atlas of Canada. 1975.

Merriman, Brenda Dougall. Genealogical Standards of Evidence: A Guide for Family Historians. Ontario Genealogical Society, 2010.

Murphy, Sharon L. Researching Canadian Vital Statistics Records: Births, Marriages and Deaths, 2nd Edition. Heritage Productions, 2003.

Pound, Richard W. Fitzhenry and Whiteside Book of Canadian Facts and Dates. Fitzhenry and Whiteside Ltd., 2007.

Russell, Bill. Records of the federal Department of Indian Affairs at the National Archives of Canada: A Source for Genealogical Research. Ontario Genealogical Society, 1998.

Stratford-Devai, Fawne. Canadian Birth, Marriage and Death Records: A Guide. Global Heritage Press, 2001.

Stratford-Devai, Fawne. Canadian Family History in the 21st Century: Lessons, Links and Resources. Global Heritage Press, 2005.

Taylor, Ryan. Researching Canadian Religious Records. Heritage Productions, 2001.

Taylor, Ryan. Researching Canadian Archival Centres. Heritage Productions, 2001.

Provincial/Regional Guides

Borgstede, Arlene.Finding Your Ancestors in Alberta. Heritage Productions, 1999.

Crant, Bill. Finding Your Ancestors in Newfoundland and Labrador. Heritage Productions, 1998.

Douglas Althea. Finding Your Ancestors in English Québec. Revised. Heritage Productions, 2003.

Douglas, Althea.Finding Your Ancestors in New Brunswick. Revised and Updated. Heritage Productions, 2009.

Drouin Institut. Dictionnaire national des Canadiens français, 1608-1760. Montreal, 1975.

Fellows, Robert. Researching Your Ancestors in New Brunswick, Canada. Fredericton, 1979.

Hanowski, Laura. Tracing Your Saskatchewan Ancestors: A guide to the records and how to use them. Saskatchewan Genealogical Society, 2000.

Jackson, David. Finding Your Ancestors in British Columbia. Revised. Heritage Productions, 2004.

Jetté, René. Dictionnaire généalogique des familles du Québec. Université de Montréal, 1983.

Jones, Orlo. Family History in Prince Edward Island. Charlottetown, 1981.

Lemieux, Victoria, and David Leonard. Tracing Your Ancestors in Alberta. Edmonton, 1992.

Merriman, Brenda Dougall. Genealogy in Ontario: Searching the Records. 30th Anniversary Edition. Ontario Genealogical Society, 2013.

Punch, Terrence M. Genealogical Research in Nova Scotia. 4th edition. Halifax, 1998.

Punch, Terrence M, editor. Genealogist’s Handbook for Atlantic Canada Research. 2nd edition. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997.

Reference Sources for Researching Family History in Manitoba. Revised. Manitoba Genealogical Society, 1997.

St. Denis, Louise. Finding Your French-Canadian Ancestors. 2nd Edition. Heritage Productions, 2001.

Stratford-Devai, Fawne and Ruth Burkholder. Vital Records in Ontario Before 1869: A guide to early Ontario vital records. Global Heritage Press, 2003.

Tanguay, Cyprien. Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes. Montreal, 1871 (1975 reprint).

White, Stephen A., with Hector-J Hebert and Patrice Gallant. Dictionnaire généalogique des familles acadiennes. Université de Moncton, 1999.


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