The following announcement was written by Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du
MONTREAL, Oct. 12 - Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) is pleased to announce a new Web site dedicated to genealogical research. Launched by BAnQ in partnership with Library and Archives Canada (LAC), www.thatsmyfamily.info, also available in French at www.voicimafamille.info, provides the public with a user-friendly and innovative federated search engine free of charge.
Uncovering one's roots and family history is increasingly popular with people of all ages. Though genealogy enthusiasts abound and dedicated Web sites are numerous, genealogical research remains an interest that requires some knowledge of search techniques. Until now, a number of different sites had to be consulted in order to pursue one's research successfully. This long and tedious process was enough to discourage a great many. Designed to respond to the growing public interest in genealogy, www.thatsmyfamily.info features a set of search tools that even beginners can master rapidly. Maintained by BAnQ, the new search engine allows genealogists to conduct searches against several databases at once.
Most of the interface-compatible databases brought together at www.thatsmyfamily.info are hosted by federal, provincial or territorial Canadian libraries or archives centres. The project's leading partners are BAnQ, LAC and the Council of Provincial and Territorial Archivists of Canada.
BAnQ's mission is to acquire, preserve and disseminate the publications, archival documents and films constituting Québec and Québec-related documentary heritage. It also offers all Quebecers free access?on site, on the Internet and through interlibrary loan?to vast universal collections and to the services of a major public library. BAnQ encompasses nine archives centres in Montréal, Québec City, Gatineau, Rimouski, Rouyn-Noranda, Saguenay, Sept-Iles, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières, as well as a preservation centre (Centre de conservation) and the Grande Bibliothèque.