Canadiana.org recognized among Best International Genealogy Websites
August 5, 2016
Canadiana's collections support research into genealogy and local history with thematically-grouped primary source materials such as voter’s lists, directories and gazettes, biographies, civil service lists, diaries and personal papers, parish and county histories, militia lists, publications from schools, professional and trade societies, and more.
Two Canadian websites, including Canadiana.org foundation member Library and Archives Canada, were recognized as international resources by the U.S. publication. Emphasizing Canadiana's role as a digitizer of both published and archival content, Family Tree writes:
Free to discover here are 40 million pages from some of Canada’s most popular archival collections, ranging from the 1600s to the mid-1900s. You also can subscribe to access several hundred thousand early Canadian titles, or click to search the Discovery Portal60 million documents from libraries, museums and archives.
Since 2013, mass digitization has added 30+ million pages of primary-source historical content to Canadiana's research resources, including early monographs, periodicals, and archival records with a strong genealogy component.
Canadiana.org is a non-profit and charitable organisation founded in 1978 to preserve Canada's print heritage and make it accessible for future generations, with a special emphasis on material that is rare, scattered or at-risk. In 1999, Canadiana pioneered the first large-scale online resource of Canadian print heritage, containing a mix of digitized microfiche and original colour scans acquired from 237 lending institutions. The oldest online title, Les singularitez de la France antarctique autrement nomme?e Ame?rique & de plusieurs terres & isles de?couvertes de nostre temps, is a 1558 travel narrative describing early French voyages to North America.