Saturday, June 02, 2007

Canadian Passenger Lists from 1865 to 1935

Library and Archives Canada and Ancestry.Ca Unveil Strategic Partnership at Ontario Genealogical Society Annual Seminar: "OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 31, 2007) - Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and, the largest Canadian family history website, will announce tomorrow, at the Ontario Genealogical Society's (OGS) annual seminar, a strategic partnership to make more resources accessible to Canadians interested in online family research.

Initially, and LAC will focus on indexing the Quebec City passenger lists from 1870 - 1900, which comprise more than 750,000 names. The digital images of these and other passenger lists are already available on the LAC website. The index for Quebec City will be available free of charge on as well as on LAC and will continue to work together to ensure that eventually the entire Canadian passenger list collection from 1865 to 1935, which includes ports in Halifax, St. John, Vancouver, Victoria and North Sydney, is digitized and indexed.

'Family history researchers are important to Library and Archives Canada and the institution is looking to partner with non-profit groups, public institutions and the private sector to offer a better service' said Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. 'The announcement represents a new direction for LAC as we embark into public private partnerships. Both organizations are committed to providing Canadians with the tools and resources necessary to find out more about their family histories. This collaboration will allow LAC to provide and improve the resources and services available through LAC's Canadian Genealogy Centre."


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