Freemasons, or simply "Masons," have been present in Canada since at least 1634 and today can be found throughout the nation in civic and community roles. A detailed timeline of Freemasonry in Canada can be found via the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon's website.
Although the most famous Freemasons have been presidents, CEOs, and other public figures, the vast majority of Freemasons were and are small-town members working in their own communities to advance Masonic principles and traditions. Due to their esoteric nature, they have also been the recipients of much inquiry and curiosity over the years. More information on Freemasons can be found via Wikipedia.
This project does not seek to determine whether Masons are "good" or "bad," and instead is merely interested in Masons for historical and genealogical purposes.
What & What Not to Add
This project aims to connect all of the confirmed Canadian Freemasons on Geni. The Masons added to the project should have their membership confirmed by themselves or their Lodges (primary documentation), or by reputable scholars (secondary documentation). If you are using Internet resources to find lists of Masons, be sure to use only reputable, sourced ones.
Please note: For the purposes of this project, being an "Canadian Freemason" means being a member of an Canadian Masonic Lodge. That means that some "Canadian" Masons may originally be from other nations.
Please do add:
- Profiles for people confirmed to be members of Canadian Lodges (see above)
- Lodge names/numbers in the "About Me" field on their profile whenever possible
- Sources in the "About Me" field on their profile
Please do not add:
- "Suspected" or rumored Masons
- Names from conspiracy theory websites
- Canadians who were Masons only through Lodges outside Canada
- Members of affiliated organizations (like the Order of the Eastern Star) only
Research Tips & Suggestions
Ben M. Angel has shared with us some excellent on-line resources you can use to research Masonic ancestors. Please see his discussion thread for more detailed information on working with local lodges.
The best place to start is A Page About Freemasonry, the world's oldest Masonic website. It posts no genealogical information, but does have lots of good general information about Masons and how to contact state and local lodges.
This project was started in March 2011 by Ashley Odell. Please feel free to contact her with questions -- or, even better, use the Discussions link at the top right.