If ever there were two countries in one, it would be Canada. France owned the eastern part and Britain owned the western and middle territories, both covering huge geographical areas. Boundaries and civil jurisdictions were gradually established, but fluidly changed over the decades. This meant that genealogical records developed slowly and haphazardly. While Canada is a breathtakingly beautiful country, Canadian research is very challenging.

The area known as French Canada included Quebec, Ontario, and other smaller provinces. The French were mostly Catholic. The Catholic church kept meticulous records of births, baptisms, marriages and deaths. Other denominations kept their own records, to varying degrees of consistency. Some of these records have online indexes and even images of the parish register pages.

The first national census of Canada was taken in 1851. Every ten years after, through 1921, the Canadian census is available for online searching. Other types of records are available in the different provinces. A professional genealogist knows what records are available in the different locations and time frames. Let a Canadian research expert at Heritage Consulting help you with your ‘brick wall’ in the north country, eh?