Canada Passenger Lists - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922
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|Record Type||Passenger Lists|
|Title in the Language||Listes de passagers canadiens|
|Public Archives, Ontario|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues
- 7 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection includes an index and images of ships' passenger lists (also known as ships' manifests or seaport records of entry). It contains records for the ports of:
- Quebec City, 1900-1921
- Halifax, 1881-1922
- Saint John, 1900-1912
- North Sydney, 1906-1912
- Vancouver, 1905-1912
- Victoria, 1905-1912
- New York, 1906-1912
- Eastern US Ports, 1905-1912
The lists for United States ports include only those names of passengers who intended to proceed to Canada.
The Canadian government did not keep lists of emigrants. Before 1947, Canadian citizenship was not separate from British, and Canadians moved freely throughout the British Empire. Before 1895, when the United States government began keeping border-crossing records, Canadians moved to the United States with few restrictions. During the early 20th century, consular officials of the Russian Empire stationed in Canada and the United States kept files on former empire residents who sought their aid (to help in filling out naturalization and passport applications or to obtain proof of military service in Russia).
There are very few passenger lists for ships coming into Canada before 1865. The Library and Archives Canada website has posted an index of some lists that have survived.
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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
|You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Canada passenger Lists, 1881-1922.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Gender (male or female)
- Date of arrival
- Port of arrival
- Name of ship
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Image[edit | edit source]
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- The name of a relative or year of immigration
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images[edit | edit source]
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select the Port of Arrival
- Select the Arrival date - Year
- Select the Name of Ship to view the images.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- If available, check the image for additional information
- Analyze the entry to see if it provides additional clues to find other records of the person or their family
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
- Look for the Declaration of Intent soon after the immigrant arrived. Then look for the Naturalization Petition five years later, when the residency requirement would have been met. Look for naturalization records in federal courts, then in state, county, or city courts. An individual may have filed the first and final papers in different courts and sometimes in a different state if the person moved. Immigrants who were younger than 18 when they arrived did not need to file a Declaration of Intent as part of the process
- Check other possible ports of entry
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Canada.
Known Issues[edit | edit source]
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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