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Initiative provides online access to a comprehensive collection of Canadian censuses
Posted 13 November 2008
By Paul Nauta, Public Affairs Manager, [a commercial data provider] and FamilySearch [a nonprofit data provider] announce an agreement to digitize and index existing Canadian censuses. FamilySearch International is a nonprofit organization that maintains one of the world's largest repositories of genealogical resources. The joint initiative will allow the organizations to improve online access to a comprehensive collection of Canadian censuses.

As part of the agreement, FamilySearch will digitize and index Canadian census records that has acquired. These digitized and indexed records will then be made available to members on the company’s Web site, and the indexes will be available for free to the public at The images will be free to qualified FamilySearch members and all FamilySearch family history centers.

FamilySearch will deliver images and indexes to for censuses from 1861, 1871, 1881, and 1916, to launch online in 2009. In return, will provide indexes to FamilySearch for the 1891 and 1901 censuses.

Karen Peterson, marketing manager for, comments, “Teaming with FamilySearch will enable to significantly reduce the time and costs involved in delivering these important historical records online for our members. Also, it will free up resources for to invest in other historical records our members want made available online.”

Paul Nauta, public affairs manager for FamilySearch, stated, “FamilySearch is committed to providing free or economical access to more historical records quicker. The Canadian census project with is in alignment with that directive for Canadian records and will be well received by anyone with Canadian ancestry.”

Paul Nauta
Public Affairs Manager

About FamilySearch:
FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization that maintains the world's largest repository of genealogical resources. Patrons may access resources online at or through the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries. FamilySearch is a trademark of Intellectual Reserve, Inc. and is registered in the United States of America and other countries.

Volunteer a little of your time:
The free data on the FamilySearch website is transcribed by an impressive force of volunteer indexers worldwide (see Volunteers donate a little time each week or month transcribing select information from digital images of original source documents using FamilySearch's online indexing utility.

Anyone interested in joining the global, community-based indexing initiative, or wanting to see what projects are currently being indexed, can do so at

Experience is welcome but not necessary.

Rick Roberts,

Canadian Genealogy & History Resources from Global Genealogy:

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