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The Databases

The databases of the General Synod Archives are online and available for searching including the archival descriptions, official statements, press releases, journal articles, books, microforms, periodicals and photographs. A comprehensive search capability, developed by Andornot Consulting, has been added to this site to help access the descriptions of the General Synod and Anglican Church records of national significance.


The online archival file descriptions primarily date from before 2001 and do not include records that contain high levels of personal information. Not all archival record holdings have been included in the databases, as we have a substantial backlog of undescribed materials. You may wish to contact the archives directly to consult with an archivist regarding additional records or photographs.

Access Restrictions

The General Synod Archives has three access designations including open, restricted and closed. Most records in the database are open, however some missionary and volunteer records have been publically listed and restricted so they can be flagged for review and personal information can be isolated before access is provided. The designation "closed" is applied to donor, personnel, clergy, pension, litigation and residential school files and these descriptions do not appear in the online database.

Anglican Residential School Photographs

The General Synod Archivist consulted with the Anglican Council of Indigenous People to discuss the value of putting the photographs of the residential school students online. Meetings with the various survivors at the Truth and Reconciliation events across Canada confirmed the interest in having the photos available for Indigenous, Inuit and Metis peoples. We have chosen to use the captions for the photos and files as they were handwritten on the backs of images or were listed by the creators of the records. Some language may be offensive, however it represents the attitudes of the time which we felt were important to acknowledge. This does not reflect the current views of the Anglican Church.

It is our hope to augment the descriptions with the original names of the mission locations and student names in their first language. We have chosen to use the words indigenous, Inuit and Metis and First Peoples because that is the way in which the indigenous people refer to themselves generally within the Church.


Below each photo or record entry is an option to provide feedback about individual records. Feedback includes sending an email requesting or adding further identification about images or to suggest corrections to names or dates.


Reproduction, publishing, exhibition and broadcasting rights require written permission of the copyright holder. Please use the Permission Request Form or contact the archives.


A help screen is included to assist in constructing your search.

Contact the Archives

Any questions about the databases can be directed to the General Synod Archives at