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

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Collection Time Period

This collection contains records from 1895 to 1956.

Record Description


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

Record History

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.

Why This Record Was Created

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

Record Reliability

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.

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

This is an indexed database. To search the database, go to the collection search page at FamilySearch.org.

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 click Advanced search to see more search options and to adjust the parameters of your search.

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Related Wiki Articles

US Immigration Canadian Border Crossings

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched in found in the Wiki Article: How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

Border Crossings From Canada to United States, 1895-1956. index and images.FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed March 4, 2011). entry for Dan Franklin Peterson arrived, 28 November 1917; citing Immigration Records, reference NARA publication number A3402 roll 6; District of St. Alban's, Vermont, United States National Archives.

Sources of This Collection

“Border Crossings From Canada to United States, 1895-1956.”  index, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org.) from "Border Crossings From Canada to United States, 1895-1956 ;” Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.