Héritage Project activates subscriptions to key genealogy dataset

November 3, 2016
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The Héritage Project has added a new dataset with related search and subscription features, enabling access to historical data rigorously transcribed from Canada's most sought-after microfilm series. This release makes approximately 1.5 million of pages of primary-source archival records discoverable to keyword searching, ensuring that researchers can quickly reach the most relevant pages for their queries.

Tag example

The subscription version returns superior search results because of the depth of tagged and annotated pages.


The dataset covers 86 archival fonds made searchable through the transcription and tagging of pages and/or finding aids. Genealogists will find this release a particularly rich resource, as the collections prioritized for transcription contain large amounts of biographical and land settlement information from colonial and early federal records:

Future efforts will concentrate on producing full-text OCR data from the typewritten portions of the collection, which is expected to yield an additional 10 million searchable pages. For an evolving list of archival fonds digitized or transcribed by the Héritage Project, please consult the catalogue (PDF).

Licensing and Subscriptions

Individual subscriptions to this electronic resource are available in annual and monthly installments, and can be activated by registering a Canadiana account.

Subscription features include:

  • Display all matching pages in a search result
  • View tags and annotations, where applicable (for a list of transcribed or annotated records, click here)
  • Navigate directly between tagged pages
  • Ad-free site

Canadiana.org is a non-profit and charitable organization, and uses licensing revenue to support ongoing digitization and preservation efforts.

About the Héritage Project

Héritage is a 10-year initiative undertaken to digitize Canadian archival fonds previously available only in micro-formats, and to endow this corpus with robust metadata for search and discovery. All digital images and associated metadata are housed in Canadiana’s Trustworthy Digital Repository for long-term preservation.

Héritage received generous funding from the Canadian Research Knowledge Network. The project benefits from the collaboration of Library and Archives Canada and is guided by an academic advisory group.

Héritage supports free public access to all digitized images, and free searching and retrieval using title and descriptive metadata (see the access conditions for all Canadiana collections).