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Feb 15, 2018, 11:37 ET Family Day need a source?

How consumer DNA tests are helping Canadians connect with long lost relatives Speak to genealogists about starting your family history TORONTO, Feb. 15, 2018 /CNW/ - Family Day has always been an...


Apr 06, 2017, 08:30 ET Canada's forgotten heroes - one million Canadians don't know they are related to a Vimy soldier

As Canada marks 100th anniversary of the seminal battle, research reveals lack of knowledge about Vimy Only half of Canadians know that the Battle of Vimy Ridge was fought in France – one in ten...


Jun 28, 2016, 11:15 ET Breathtaking historic photographs digitized to bring Canada's past to life

New collections contain more than 82,000 images and 668,000 historical records that paint a picture of life in post-Confederation Canada Historic photo albums and Homestead grant records span period...


Jan 26, 2016, 09:05 ET A quarter of Canadians unaware of where ancestors emigrated from

Research reveals that nearly a quarter of Canadians don't know their own family's immigration story Majority (90 per cent) of Canadians feel that immigration is important to Canadian culture Yet...


Dec 09, 2015, 08:45 ET The great big Canadian family: One in 2,200 chance that a complete stranger is your cousin

New analysis from AncestryDNA suggests you may need a banquet hall for this year's holiday family gathering as findings reveal that the average Canadian may have over 15,000 living cousins. The...


Nov 05, 2015, 08:15 ET In memory: Ancestry launches historic WWII collection

Digitized records detail the brave service of more than 29,000 Canadian soldiers killed in action in WWII Detailed new collection includes attestation forms, medical history forms and correspondence...


Oct 07, 2015, 09:00 ET It's All in the Family: Thomas Mulcair Related to Justin Trudeau and Gilles Duceppe

After revealing Mulcair and Trudeau's family connection in 2013, Ancestry discovers another federal family link – this time to the leader of the Bloc Québécois As revealed in 2013, Mulcair and...


Oct 06, 2015, 08:00 ET Start Planning the Parade Route - Ancestry Reveals Mike Babcock's Family Tie to Toronto's Last Stanley Cup Winning Team

Babcock is a distant cousin of ice hockey legend, and 1967 Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Dave Keon Babcock's family tree gives fans another sign that he is the one who can lead the blue and white to the ...


Jun 26, 2015, 09:27 ET True tennis royalty! Eugenie Bouchard's real-life regal connections revealed

Canadian tennis star named for Princess Eugenie is distant cousins with the royal family Bouchard's mother, a royal fanatic, named the Wimbledon star for Britain's Princess Eugenie Through her...


Jun 09, 2015, 07:20 ET Ancestry Launches Family History DNA Testing Service in Canada

DNA test pinpoints genetic ethnicity and helps people discover family origins going back thousands of years AncestryDNA studies a person's entire genome at more than 700,000 different locations...


Jul 31, 2014, 10:57 ET 40% of Canadians don't know what role Canada played in WWI

New survey from family history website Ancestry.ca TORONTO, July 31, 2014 /CNW/ - As the world prepares for the Centenary of the First World War, a new survey reveals that 40 per cent of Canadians do ...


Nov 06, 2013, 09:48 ET Ancestry.ca to offer free online access to historic military records to help Canadians discover their military ancestors for the first time

Many Canadians unaware of ancestors who fought in First or Second World War TORONTO, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - In honour of Remembrance Day, Ancestry.ca, Canada's leading family history website, is giving ...


Oct 29, 2013, 13:00 ET Journey back to the Roaring Twenties with the launch of the 1921 Census of Canada

Available online for first time ever, records paint picture of a post-War Canada on brink of massive growth, enormous social and political change TORONTO, Oct. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Ancestry.ca, Canada's...


May 14, 2013, 12:07 ET Chris Hadfield and Benedict Cumberbatch are interstellar cousins, reveals Ancestry.ca

TORONTO, May 14, 2013 /CNW/ - It turns out that superstar astronaut Chris Hadfield isn't the only one in his family with an interest in exploring the final frontier. Researchers at Ancestry.ca,...


Apr 11, 2013, 09:00 ET Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair are cousins, reveals Ancestry.ca

TORONTO, April 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Perhaps portending a future Centre-Left Coalition on Parliament Hill, family history experts at Ancestry.ca, Canada's leading family history resource, have discovered...


Mar 14, 2013, 08:00 ET Irish-Canadians not fans of St. Patrick's Day, according to survey

Majority agree that Canadians do not have fair understanding of Irish culture TORONTO, March 14, 2013 /CNW/ - As Canadians toast the Emerald Isle on St Patrick's Day, it might be worth considering...


Oct 11, 2012, 08:00 ET Maybe talent runs in the family - superstars Bieber, Gosling and Lavigne are cousins: Ancestry.ca

Ancestry.ca researchers also confirm Bieber and Celine Dion share ancestry TORONTO, Oct. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Apparently the key to superstardom in Canada is good family genes. Researchers at Ancestry.ca ...


Oct 03, 2012, 15:59 ET Voters would choose Barack Obama and Pierre Trudeau to lead Canada today

Ancestry.ca holds mock election to launch its new collection of historical records: Canada Voters Lists, 1935-1980 TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - Given the option, the overwhelming majority of people...


May 18, 2012, 10:17 ET Young Canadians' attitudes towards monarchy shifting, says ancestry.ca

Canadians aged 18 to 34 more supportive of celebrating Victoria Day than they were before the Royal Wedding Women overwhelmingly favour Prince William as successor to the throne 200 million...


Apr 09, 2012, 12:51 ET Ancestry.ca marks 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic with chilling collection of historical records

TORONTO, April 9, 2012 /CNW/ - April 14 and 15, 2012 mark the 100th anniversary of one of history's most famous peacetime maritime disasters - the sinking of RMS Titanic during her maiden voyage....


Nov 09, 2010, 09:12 ET ANCESTRY.CA LAUNCHES LARGEST EXISTING COLLECTION OF FIRST WORLD WAR DEATH AND
BURIAL RECORDS - FIRST TIME ONLINE

Records offer rare insight into the circumstances of death and final resting grounds for Canadian soldiers who perished in First World War Famous names in the collections include John McCrae, George...


Jul 22, 2010, 11:42 ET Need a source? Canadian Census Debate

New survey shows Canadians' overwhelming support for access to personal information TORONTO, July 22 /CNW/ - In the midst of ongoing debate over the state of Canada's national census, a new online...


Jun 30, 2010, 10:56 ET Need a source? Ancestry.ca responds to Statistics Canada's sparse new Census

TORONTO, June 30 /CNW/ - Yesterday, Statistics Canada acknowledged that it has changed the Canadian Census, removing historically critical sections of the census form like ethnicity, education,...


Dec 02, 2009, 11:00 ET Stephen Colbert is Canadian - And so can you!

Ancestry.ca discovers the roots of Colbert's passion for hockey TORONTO, Dec. 2 /CNW/ - He's accused Canada of cheating at the upcoming Winter Olympics. He's referred to Canadians as "Godless" and...


Nov 10, 2009, 18:00 ET Search records of 200,000 Canadians who fought for American Forces free this
Remembrance Day

Records span 144 years and include those from the American Civil War and the two World Wars TORONTO, Nov. 10 /CNW/ - Over the course of two centuries, hundreds of thousands of Canadians...