13 October 2007

Canada: New website and research tool

For those researching family in Canada, a new research tool has been announced by the Bibliotheque et Archives Nationales du Quebec (BAnQ) in partnership with Library and Archives Canada (LAC).

A new website, www.thatsmyfamily.info (English) and www.voicimafamille.info (French), provides a free search engine for researchers.

Here's the announcement:

an Innovative Tool Designed for Genealogy Enthusiasts

MONTREAL, Oct. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) is pleased to annonce 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.

Accessible at all times, free of charge:
www.thatsmyfamily.info and www.voicimafamille.info

About BAnQ

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.

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