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HERITAGE ROOTS

TRACING YOUR FAMILY HERITAGE TO CANADA

If you're still having problems finding 'your people', the Canadian Government has compiled a Genealogical Immigration Guide of a variety of links to online resource tools that should help you on your search to find out the identities of your ancestors, when they arrived and from whence they came. 

PASSENGER LISTS

It must have been a horrendous journey for women with small children. A typical trip would weeks on a ship, crossing the ocean to Quebec ,  then a steamer to Montreal and stagecoach to Toronto.

Few complete immigrant pre-1865 arrival lists still exist. It can be frustrating but don't despair, census and newspaper obituaries can help you with arrival year and country of origin.  

Try these sites for a possible connection to yourancestor.

LAC Passenger Lists - search by name OR year which is useful for capturing spelling variations.

LAC Citizinship and Naturalization  - Searchable database from 1828 -1850.

LAC Home Children - Searcheable database of over 100,000 young children sent to Canada. Many were abused and treated horribly, an ugly blight on Canada. 

The Ships List  - Search ship arrivals by year and departure place and passenger lists. Amazing site. Lots of fascination and sometimes sad Captains storiesd and nother notes. The site is updated often as more information becomes available so be sure to check back frequently.

DNA TESTING

Long long ago, in the days before Uber, many of our ancestors walked out of Africa and settled in far away new lands. Along the way they hooked with new friends including Neanderthals. Where and when they eventually settled in for the long run shaped who we are today. DNA testing unlocks the mystery of this original early genealogical journey. It tells us about our physical traits like eye colour, curly or straight hair, and alerts us to health risks we may face allowing for a head start on preventitive action.

We recently came upon the Ultimate Beginners Guide to Genealogy. The Guide is an excellent piece of scientifically researched work by experts in fields of Genetics and Genealogy. The DNA Testing Guides offer good  information and guidance. Have a look.