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Lorena Smalley

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Writing Your Family History – Part 3 – Finding Information

Finding information is the basis of genealogical research. You will begin with yourself and your own family, talking to relatives and noting details they provide.

Today, most people turn to the Internet first. The Internet is a wonderful tool that just keeps getting better for genealogists. Used appropriately, it can be a great starting place … but it is only a start. NOT all information is on the Internet.

  • Libraries and archives are the traditional places of research for genealogists and most have websites with online tools and databases.
  • Joining a genealogy society is one of the best ways for the beginner to become familiar with genealogical research.
  • Specialized terms are used in family history and genealogy. Consult the Genealogy and Family History Glossary to find out what they mean.

Where to start

This website is the gateway to the genealogical collections and services of Library and Archives Canada. The information featured under Places and Topics contains descriptions and references to LAC‘s archival records including:

  • immigration records;
  • census records;
  • military records;
  • land records; and
  • records created by the Government of Canada.

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Elsewhere on the Internet

The Internet has become one of the most valuable tools for genealogists and is the first information source used by most beginners.

You can use it to find information on a surname, a place, or a subject. Here are just a few examples:

  • On your ancestor’s attestation form from his First World War personnel record, it indicates that he previously served in the 1st Oxfordshire. Search the Internet for information about that regiment using “1st Oxfordshire” as your search term.
  • On your ancestor’s death record, the ink is so faint that the place of birth is difficult to read. You’re not sure if it’s Rasteco or Rustico. Search using the words Rasteco Canada and then Rustico Canada, and you will quickly discover that Rustico is a place in Prince Edward Island.
  • Your ancestor was born in Ukraine. Search using the words Ukraine genealogy to find sites to start your research.
  • You want to find out if other researchers are working on the same surname as you. Try searching using terms such as “Blasier family” or separate words such as Blasier genealogy.


CLICK HERE to visit the LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES website to learn more about finding information and the various resources, libraries, directories etc.

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