In honor of “Canada’s birthday” today, we’ll highlight some genealogy resources available for those researching ancestors from our Northern neighbor. The Grosvenor Room has “how-to” guides for searching your Canadian roots, as well as local histories of Ontario, the nearest province to WNY. City directories, those incredibly useful lists of residents, can be found for select years for cities such as Hamilton, London, St. Catharines, and Toronto.
The Ancestry Library Edition database includes many historical records for Canada, including Census 1851-1911, vital (birth, marriage & death), immigration, and military. To access this database from your library, click on the following link, select Research Databases, click on Genealogy, and select Ancestry Library Edition: http://www.buffalolib.org/db/index.asp .
To locate Canadian records, click Search at the top of the page, and scroll down the page.
Don’t have any Canadian ancestors? Many immigrants from other countries first set foot in North America in Canada, and then traveled to the U.S; don’t overlook Canadian border crossings when tracing your family’s journey. Border Crossing Records, 1902-1954 can be found on microfilm in the Grosvenor Room. The bulk of the immigrants arrivals were at Buffalo and Niagara Falls.
Want to know more about these and other Canadian family history sources? You’ll find the Grosvenor Room guide to Canadian Genealogy resources here.