Do you wonder who your first Polish ancestor was and when he or she left Poland and arrived in Canada? Are you curious about your family’s Polish heritage?
If so, you will find a specific page about genealogical research for the Poles on our website. It provides historical background, main LAC archival collections and published material and links to other websites and institutions.
If your Polish ancestor came to Canada before 1865, a good starting point would be to consult the three following databases:
- Immigrants at Grosse Ile (1832-1937)
- Immigrants to Canada
- Montreal Emigrant Society Passage Book (1832)
If your ancestor came between 1865 and 1935, you might find his name on passenger lists.
Tracing your Polish ancestor in Canada is the first step. Joining a genealogical society is an ideal way to start your genealogy research.
Questions or comments? We would love to hear from you!