Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Access "Find My Past" at LAC

Quietly LAC has made the major UK database service Find My Past available free through one of the public computers in the Canadian Genealogy Centre.

The major database of interest for Canada is UK outbound passenger lists from 1890. Although these often don't contain as much information as the corresponding Canadian inbound lists they give you a second chance to find a passenger when the Canadian list is missing or illegible. They can also act as a finding aid for the Canadian lists, this assisted by the passenger number being the same on both lists.

For those with British, especially English, ancestry access to Find My Past is also useful for the census data. Some find it a better index that that provided by Ancestry. It also has some other unique databases including for London burials and the national Burial Index. Check them all out at findmypast.com.

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