Partners With to Bring Online Nearly 300 Years of Early Canadian Historical Documents Effort to Digitize More Than 1.6 Million Pages of Canadian Family and Local History Documents From the 1600s to the 1900s

PROVO, Utah, March 29 /CNW/, the largest Canadian family history website, and, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving access to early Canadian publications, today announced a partnership to digitize and bring online nearly 300 years of’s early historical records spanning from the 1600s to the 1900s.  The new collection includes more than 6,200 publication titles and 1.6 million pages of family histories, local histories, biographies, civil service records and other early historical documents.

As the steward of one of the greatest collections of local Canadian historical archives, worked closely with professional historians and genealogists to extract records of genealogical significance from its entire archive.  Through these efforts, has created a new collection, Genealogy and Local History Collection to 1900, which is digitizing and making available online along with its existing and highly complementary collections such as the fully indexed 1851, 1901, 1906 and 1911 Censuses of Canada.  The Genealogy and Local History Collection to 1900 is the largest family and local history collection of its kind in Canada.

“ is a fantastic organization working to preserve and provide access to invaluable historical data for  educational and genealogical research in Canada,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO, The Generations Network, parent company of  “We are pleased to be working with to provide Canadians and others around the world with online access to these precious genealogical documents for the first time.”

Highlights of the Genealogy and Local History Collection to 1900 include 150,000 names and birth dates for all civil service employees in Canada, which contains records for both houses of Parliament from 1886 to 1900.  The collection also encompasses histories of churches, towns, counties and the military.  A variety of legal documents are also available from court trials to voter lists.

“This is our first major collaboration with a commercial vendor to provide online access and make this unique collection of early historical documents more readily available,” said John Teskey, President, “ is committed to providing Canadians with enhanced tools and resources for researching their family history.  We believe that a partnership of this nature will benefit all organizations and individuals interested in early Canadiana.”

In tandem with the collaboration, has made a contribution of C$93,000 to to provide funding for its multi-year Early Canadian Periodicals Project which is available through Early Canadiana Online (ECO),’s digital library.

The Genealogy and Local History Collection to 1900 will be available online through within the next year. will also offer these images through its digital library, ECO at a later date, once the Periodicals Project has reached greater critical mass.

About is the leading online site for Canadian family history records, with the first and only online collection of vital records for Ontario and the only fully indexed 1851, 1901, 1906 and 1911 Censuses of Canada. is part of The Generations Network, Inc, a leading network of family-focused interactive properties, including,,,,,,, and Family Tree Maker.  The Generations Network also publishes Family Tree Maker(R) (No. 1 selling family tree software), Ancestry Magazine, over 50 book titles and numerous databases on CD-ROM.  For more information on, visit

About is a nonprofit organization for preserving and providing access to early Canadian publications, first on microfiche and now online. First established as the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions (CIHM) by Canada’s research community, has been dedicated to safeguarding early Canadian printed publications since 1978.  The Early Canadiana Online (ECO) research database is the largest of its kind, with more than 100,000 volumes.  The collection features works published from the time of the first European settlers up to the early 20th Century.  The Institute is an independent, non-profit corporation, governed by a board of directors composed of distinguished Canadian scholars and directors of major research libraries.  For more information on, visit

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6 thoughts on “ Partners With to Bring Online Nearly 300 Years of Early Canadian Historical Documents

  1. Can a member of use without an extra charge? Is there an extra charge,if so what is it?

  2. Why do I get “” in French? I do not read French, but do English!!

    How do I get the English “”?


  3. Hi Veronica,
    Up in the very top right hand corner of your screen, you should see a link to “English.” Click on that and you’ll get the English version of
    Best of luck with your research!

  4. not sure if name is the surname i am looking for or my name.the next request is mail is this email or my home address?

  5. I have purchased a copy of Family Tree Maker 2008 and I am trying to register it. If I click Register now on The Help Tab it comes up with the fact that I am not on the internet. I know I am so what is the problem. I am getting very frustrated.

  6. I was given a gift of Family Tree Maker 2008 and have tried to register it but every time I try I get the comment that I am not on line. I am on line and I can not seem to get around this problem. I am very dissapointed as I have spent time completing some of the information before registering the programme. HELP!

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