Thursday 15 August 2019

Latest Canadian genealogy releases and updates

To aid Irish family historians whose ancestors emigrated to Canada, the listing below provides a summary of recent genealogical database updates of Canadian records.

The collections were either released by the database supplier for the first time during July/early August or received some kind of update/top-up during this period.

Where provided by the supplier, I've noted the size of the update/new collection.

New collections

My Heritage

Quebec Marriage Returns 1926–1997
New to the My Heritage database, this collection holds just under 8 million records. They contain information similar to that found on a traditional marriage license eg names and dates of birth of the bride and groom, date and place of the marriage, and other information that changed over the span of years the collection covers. These may include occupations, residence before and after the wedding, religion, citizenship, ethnic heritage and mother tongue.

Updated collections


Canada, Obituary Collection, 1898-2018 More than 7 million new obituaries from hundreds of newspapers were added in early July.

Nova Scotia, Canada, Land Petitions, 1765-1800 Following its recent update, this database now holds an 11,354-entries index of details extracted from petitions made for grants of land in Nova Scotia.

Canada, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current Following the May and early-August upload of more than 1 million additional records, this database now holds just under 6 million records.

The Genealogist

War Memorial Records
These fully searchable records are transcribed from images of the tributes put up to honour the war dead from various conflicts including the Boer War, the First World War and World War II. This latest release covers war memorials from many parts of the UK, as well as some monuments in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. More than 568,000 individuals are indexed in the collection.


Billion Graves Cemetery Index – Canada
More than 214,000 additional records joined the Index during July.


Nova Scotia Births, 1864-1877
More than 35,000 additions have been uploaded to this existing collection of searchable transcriptions and images.

Nova Scotia Marriages, 1864-1918
A big update to this index-and-image collection was uploaded in July, adding more than 128,000 indexed records.

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