Yesterday I gave a talk on Canadian immigration and census genealogy records at the Ladner Pioneer Library. On Thursday, March 29th, 2012, I'll be speaking again on the same topic at the Tsawwassen Library, from 2 - 3:30 pm. Free. 1321A - 56th St., Delta, BC V4L 2A6. Library telephone: 604 943 2271. Thank you to both libraries for sponsoring these talks.
There's little doubt in my mind that Ancestry.ca (or .com, etc. or Library Edition) offers the most flexible and comprehensive indexes for both Canadian genealogical on-line census and immigration resources. However, unless a researcher takes advantage of the free web indexes and resources for these topics, especially at Library and Archives Canada, FamilySearch.org and AutomatedGenealogy.com they may well be missing parts of their family puzzle.
Ladner Pioneer Library and the Tsawwassen Library are both part of the Fraser Valley Regional Library system which offers Ancestry Library Edition so participants may use the free Canadian genealogy websites to complement their free Ancestry LE searches at their local libraries. Thank goodness for public libraries - access to Ancestry LE's a great help for genealogists!
I'm posting my current Canadian Census and Immigration Sources handout here so that participants in my sessions have live link to the sites I discussed. (Google Docs link)
Although this is a 4 page .pdf file, it could be much longer, and, of course, sometimes things on the web change quite quickly, so if you are unable to find information on one or another Canadian genealogy sources, please get in touch with me and I will do my best to help.