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Maps are a useful way to get a pictorial view of where your ancestors lived. There are various types of maps you can consult - ranging from the topographic maps that show contour lines, elevations, and place names to the thematic maps that show things like diocesan boundaries and areas.
Historical maps and atlases (COMMERCIAL SOURCES)
Canada - Native peoples 1823
Other Native peoples maps
Canada - Indian treaties
Canada - Exploration 1497 - 1650
Other historical maps
Territorial Evolution of Canada [Francais] - Shows Canada as it developed between 1867 to 1949.
Electoral and census maps
Electoral Atlas of the Dominion of Canada (1895) - National Archives
Click on the provincial name on the right side of the map or on the name on the map to bring up the index map for the province. Areas in various shades of gray are not available.
Census Districts and Maps of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan for 1906.
Instructions are given on how to use the electoral maps. Also provided is information on the land division system in these provinces.
Using maps in genealogy
While this is an American web site, the information is still useful to Canadian researchers. The Ontario Genealogical Society has a publication by Betty Kidd on this subject but on Canadian maps. Maps Can Help You Trace Your Family Tree
How to find a Canadian topographic map
Where you can buy Canadian topographic maps
None known yet. Additions welcomed.
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