United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description

This collection is an indexed database of individuals crossing into the United States from Canada.

This database contains an index of aliens and citizens crossing into the United States from Canada through various ports of entry along the U.S.-Canadian border between 1895 and 1956. 

This collection contains records from 1895 to 1956. 

These records contain a listing of individuals crossing the border from Canada into the United States.

These records are generally reliable depending on the information provided by the individual. Transcription and other errors can be found on occasion. Because a variety of forms were used to gather an individual’s information, not all of the records contain the same types of information.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org. Source citations include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"United States, Border Crossings From Canada to United States, 1895-1956." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing "Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954." Ancestry.com. www.ancestry.com : 2010.

Record Content

A variety of Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) forms were used to record information about individuals entering the United States. Types of forms used included: Primary Inspection Memorandum; Manifest; Record of Registry; and Land Border Departure Record. Due to the variety of forms, the amount of information available for an individual in this database will vary according to the form used and the questions asked on it.

The database generally includes the following:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Date of birth
  • Birth country
  • Gender
  • Race or ethnicity
  • Ship name
  • Departure contact
  • Arrival contact

How to Use the Record

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This is an indexed database. To search the database, go to the collection cover page

In the search box, type the name of the individual for whom you are looking, and click Search. The system displays a list of possible matches.

You can also acess more search options and adjust the parameters of your search.

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