It’s been a while since I’ve uncovered any new GeneaGems, but I’ve had a recent spurt, so I will be sharing some new finds in the new future.
Today’s GeneaGem is all about Canada. I have a number of ancestors who lived in Canada from the 1760s and beyond. The 1760s families were the Planters from Rhode Island. My later lines were Loyalists who settled in New Brunswick in 1783 with some of the collateral family heading westward to Ontario, Canada in the early 1800s.
Therefore, I am always on the lookout for good Canadian resources and Dave Obee’s CanGenealogy is just that.
Because I am most familiar with New Brunswick resources, I decided to check out that region first.
Now, I had to admit that the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (PANB) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC is free, but VERY slow to search and view) are my “go-to” destinations for free online Canadian censuses and other records, with FamilySearch as a runner-up.
Therefore, I was curious to see what CanGenealogy has available.
New Brunswick Categories include Censuses, Birth, Marriage & Death Records, Other Sites for Genealogy, Archives and Libraries in New Brunswick, Genealogical Societies in New Brunswick and Nationwide Sites Worth Checking .
The Other Sites page includes individual links to all the databases to be found on PANB’s website.
There was also a second New Brunswick category for Newspapers.
I am liking what I’m seeing because there are multiple links to find the same records.
For example, take a look at all the sites where Canadian census records can be found and the free website links happen to be listed first.
In addition to searching by regions, the home page of CanGenealogy also has a Searching by Category function.
Categories listed in it include:
Maps, Atlases, Finding Aids
The last category on the home page is Resources and More, which includes:
Tools and Information
Genetic Genealogy (DNA)
Suggest a Link
Based on the New Brunswick content, CanGenealogy offers just about one-stop shopping when looking for Canadian resources.
If you have Canadian branches in your family tree, I highly recommend bookmarking Dave Obee’s CanGenealogy.