Family Tree Magazine, a US based publication, has named Canadiana.org as one of the top 101 websites for genealogy research. The magazine provides articles and guidance for amatuer genealogist on how to "discover, preserve and celebrate their roots". Although most of the websites listed are housed in the US, they have a "Canadian Cousins" section which include six Canadian websites - one of which is Canadiana.org.
The Canadiana Discovery Portal and Early Canadiana Online provide key information for the scholarly community. However, as the content available though these services grows, we are seeing them grow in popularity with the general public; people who are interested in local or Canadian history and/or researching their own family genealogy.
Canadiana.org provides access to Canada's historical newspapers, magazines, books, images and more. It is the perfect place to start for those researching local history of genealogy.
Ancestry.ca says, “As a steadily increasing number of large metropolitan dailies and small-town dailies and weeklies become accessible on the Internet, we suddenly have a powerful new tool to discover incredible details about our ancestors’ lives—details that are often unavailable elsewhere. Historical newspapers give us the remarkable ability to see history through eyewitness accounts, while contemporary newspapers keep us current with today’s domestic and international happenings. With just a few clicks of the mouse, we can view a news item or an obituary from yesterday or from a hundred years ago.”
They go on to say, “paid advertisements, common from the beginning of newspaper publication, chronicle the products, housing, transportation, dress, and reading habits of our ancestors. Particularly relevant for the genealogist are advertisements about insolvent debtors, forced land sales, educational opportunities, and professional services... These notices were particularly common in papers that were directed to a particular immigrant groups.”
Through Canadiana.org, users can access the content of thousands of local and national historical publications, such as Canadian Farmers Gazette, Manitobia, Montreal Life and many, many more, going back to Confederation and beyond. In addition, we are continually adding new content. So, people should check back often to see if more relevant material is available.
While much of the content at Canadiana.org is freely available to all over the internet, a subscription is required for some of the Early Canadiana Online publications. Due to overwhelming public interest in our resources, Canadiana has introduced a new reduced membership subscription of $100.00 (CAD) with a $50.00 charitable donation tax receipt. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or have questions.