In recognition of Canada's Heritage Day, the Canadian site of The Generations Network (better known as Ancestry.com) is offering three days of free access to the company's World Deluxe collection. The following announcement was written by The Generations Network:
PROVO, Utah, Feb. 15 -- In recognition of Heritage Day, Ancestry.ca, the largest Canadian family history website, is offering three days of free access to its World Deluxe collection through the end of the month. Established in 1973 by the Heritage Canada Foundation, the holiday is observed on the third Monday of February, commemorating Canada's nationally significant historic, architectural, natural and scenic heritage. This year, Ancestry.ca is encouraging Canadians to celebrate the day by reconnecting with their past and discovering their own personal family history.
"Tracing the footsteps of your own ancestors through time provides emotional, real context to history, making it easier to understand, connect and appreciate the past," said Tim Sullivan, CEO, The Generations Network, parent company of Ancestry.ca. "With full access to the entire World Deluxe collection this Heritage Day, more families can now begin to explore their roots through Canada's dynamic and diverse history."
Ancestry.ca is the largest Canadian family history website, offering 352 million names and fully indexed 1851, 1901, 1906 and 1911 Censuses of Canada. Since its launch in January 2006, the site has experienced a steady surge of new users with more than 16,000 Canadian subscribers joining the Ancestry network of sites, which collectively host more than 5 billion records from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany and Australia.
A cross-section of Ancestry.ca's record collections illustrates the multicultural heritage and history of Canadian ethnic groups, including English, French, Scottish, Irish and Black Canadian --
- The 1851 Census of Canada showed a rise in Black Canadians as a result of the United States Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which spurred the migration of many fugitive slaves and free blacks to Canada. Ancestry.ca has the largest collection of African-American family history records available and searchable online.
- The Scotland Census collection, which includes the complete 1851 and 1861 Scotland Census records and records from the 1841 Census, is a pivotal source of information for Canadians who can trace their ancestry to Scotland. Nearly 9 million names from this Victorian period are available and fully searchable online in this collection.
- For Canadians of Irish ancestry, the 1851 Census of Canada is a significant resource, capturing a range of rich data missing from Irish archives. Only partial records exist for the 1821, 1831, 1841 and 1851 censuses in Ireland. Ireland is the second most common place of birth in the 1851 census.
- After the War of 1812, more than 50,000 British Loyalists were sent to Canada from central United States. The 1851 Census of Canada shows evidence that these loyalists largely resided in Niagara, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
- French and English are the most common ethnicities stated in the 1911 and 1901 Censuses of Canada.
- The 1906 Census of Canada lists the United States and England among the top four birth locations.
Ancestry.ca is part of a larger network of Ancestry sites, with members in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Australia. With more than 725,000 subscribers worldwide and more than 1 million online family trees, Ancestry.ca now provides Canadians with access to the largest family history social network. In building family trees, members have added an estimated 150 million names, uploaded 400,000 photos and attached 10 million family history documents directly from Ancestry's 23,000 historical records collections.
Built with family collaboration in mind, the tree-building tools on Ancestry.ca allow family members to work together on their family trees, whether living in the same house or on the other side of the world. Families can add their ancestors' names, photos, life stories and much more to a shared family tree -- all for free.
Ancestry.ca is the leading online site for Canadian family history records, with the first and only online collection of vital records for Ontario and British Columbia and the only completely digitized and indexed 1851 and 1911 Censuses of Canada. Ancestry.ca is operated by The Generations Network, the leading online network connecting families, present and past. The Generations Network' tools, content and community empower individuals to find the people most important to them -- and discover and share their unique family stories. In addition to Ancestry.ca, The Generations Network of properties includes MyFamily.com, Ancestry.com, Ancestry.co.uk, Ancestry.com.au, Ancestry.de, Genealogy.com and RootsWeb.com. The Generations Network also publishes Family Tree Maker(R) (the number-one selling family tree software), Ancestry Magazine, over 50 book titles and numerous databases on CD-ROM. For more information on Ancestry.ca, visit http://www.ancestry.ca
Clarification because several people asked: I am told that the Ancestry.ca 3 days free access actually does include all of the company's worldwide records (over 5 billion names from the US, UK, Canada, etc.). The World Collection on Ancestry.ca is the same World collection on Ancestry.com. The Canada Deluxe membership on Ancestry.ca is a unique membership to that one web site that only includes Canadian records. However, the World Deluxe Collection is the same on all Ancestry sites and is included in this three-day promotion.