Have you ever wondered about your ancestors? Where they came from? When they arrived in Canada? What happened to them? If you have, you are not alone, which is why so many online genealogy companies are popping up.
The problem for many people, however, is that finding this information can be a very costly endeavour, especially if you don’t have a lot of background information to rely on. But that won’t be a problem anymore because the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 can help.
“The Scotiabank Family History Centre (SFHC) is the main library for the Museum, which offers genealogical and reference services to our onsite and remote patrons. From the first planning phases of the Museum, we wanted to offer research services to the public,” says Cara MacDonald, the SFHC reference services manager.
The reference library has been open since 1999 and although it started with very humble beginnings — 50 donated books, 50 memoirs and a handful of ship photographs, according to MacDonald, with the help of Scotiabank, the SFHC has grown to over 2,000 books with a focus on culture, identity, immigration and genealogical sources from across Canada. “Our original donated memoirs have since evolved to the current museum’s story collection that now contains over 2,800 personal immigration stories.”