How to use the Genealogy and Family History pages

You can access the Genealogy and Family History pages of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) via our Discover the Collection website. Just select the “Genealogy and Family History” tab below the second header in the middle column of the page.

If genealogy is new to you, start with the following sections (located in the left menu).

How to Begin

Are you curious about genealogy? Want to know what it is all about and how you can get started? If so, the What to do first section is for you.


A key section in your pursuit of family history, Topics offers information on the resources you need to fill in your family tree. It covers all topics related to genealogy and even provides subtopics to guide you along.


To find genealogical resources specific to provinces and territories, visit Places. This section includes a brief historical overview of each province and territory, research suggestions, and links to related websites.

Before you start, remember these important tips:

  • Keep a research log to record the various sources you consult (e.g., books, websites). This will help you avoid repeating your work.
  • Ensure your online sources are reliable (e.g., use census, immigration, or other official records). Information found on genealogy websites can sometimes be inaccurate.

Questions or comments? We would love to hear from you!