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== Record Description ==
 
  
The Canadian Citizenship Act of January 1, 1947 introduced Canadian citizenship to Canada. Prior to that time Canadians who were born in the United Kingdom were considered British subjects.
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This collection includes naturalization records from the counties of Victoria and Cranbrook, British Columbia. It includes applications, oaths of allegiance, naturalization certificates and other documents. The collection will cover the years 1859-1926 when completely published.  
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== Record Description ==
  
Additional information about Naturalization and Citizenship records in British Columbia is found in the wiki article [British Columbia Naturalization and Citizenship].
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This collection will include records from 1859 to 1926.  
  
Requirements for Naturalization and other facts about Canadian Naturalization and Citizenship are found in the wiki article [Canada Naturalization and Citizenship Citizenship].
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This collection includes naturalization records from the counties of Victoria and Cranbrook, British Columbia. It includes applications, oaths of allegiance, naturalization certificates and other documents.  
  
=== Citation for This Collection ===
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The Canadian Citizenship Act of January 1, 1947 introduced Canadian citizenship to Canada. Prior to that time Canadians who were born in the United Kingdom were considered British subjects.  
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
 
  
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Immigrants to Canada have never been required to apply for citizenship. Some nationalities were more likely to naturalize than others. Until 1947, settlers from Britain were considered citizens of Canada without needing to naturalize. Of those from other countries who applied, some did not complete the requirements for citizenship. Evidence that an immigrant completed citizenship requirements can be found in censuses, court minutes, homestead records, passports, voting registers, and military papers.  
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Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//familysearch.org/records/collection/2001101/waypoints Browse].  
  
== Record Content ==
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:
 
Applications:
 
* Name of immigrant
 
* Date of immigration
 
* Residence
 
* Place of origin
 
* Date of arrival in United States
 
  
Oaths of allegiance:
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
* Name of immigrant
 
* Date of immigration
 
* Residence
 
* Years residing in United States
 
  
Naturalization certificates:
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{{Collection citation | text= "British Columbia, Naturalization Records, 1859-1926" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing County Court. British Columbia Archives, Victoria.}}
* Name of immigrant
 
* Date of immigration
 
* Residence
 
* Place of origin
 
  
After 1915 records may also include birth dates, birthplaces and other information about the immigrant and the immigrant’s family.
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[[British Columbia Naturalization Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== Record Content  ==
When browsing this collection it is helpful to know the following:
 
* The place where the event occurred
 
* The name and surname of the person
 
* The approximate date of the event
 
* The name of the parents or spouse
 
  
To search the collection select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒Select the “County” ⇒Select the “Record Type, Box and File Numbers, and Years” which takes you to the images
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Image:British Columbia Naturalization Records DGS 5471829 3286 Naturalization Certificate.jpg|Naturalization Certificate
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
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Image:British Columbia Naturalization Records DGS 5471829 474 Naturalization.jpg|Oath of Allegiance
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Image:British Columbia Naturalization Records DGS 005471829 00622.jpg|Oath of Allegiance
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Image:British Columbia Naturalization Records DGS 5471831 50 Oath of Residence.jpg|Oath of Residence
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== Related Websites ==
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These application records usually contain the following information:  
[http://www.bcarchives.bc.ca/bcarchives/default.aspx British Columbia Archives]
 
  
[http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp Citizenship and Immigration Canada]
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*Name of immigrant
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*Date of immigration
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*Residence
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*Place of origin
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*Date of arrival in Canada
  
== Related Wiki Articles ==
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These oaths of allegiance records usually contain the following information:
[[British Columbia Naturalization and Citizenship]]
 
  
[[Canada Naturalization and Citizenship]]
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*Name of immigrant
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*Date of immigration
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*Residence
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*Years residing in Canada
  
== Contributions to This Article ==
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These naturalization records usually contain the following information:
{{Contributor_invite}}
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*Name of immigrant
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*Occupation
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*Residence
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*Date of birth
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*Place of birth
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*Date of immigration
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*Name of ship
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<br> After 1915 records may also include birth dates, birthplaces and other information about the immigrant and the immigrant’s family.
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== How to Use the Record  ==
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To begin your search in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
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*Name of immigrant
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*Place of birth
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==== Search the Collection  ====
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To browse this collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒ Select the ''"Browse"'' link in the initial search page<br>⇒ Select the ''"County"'' category<br>⇒ Select the ''"Record Type, Box and File Numbers, and Years"'' category which will takes you to the images.
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Look at each image one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
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==== Using the Information  ====
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*Passenger arrival records can help you determine when an ancestor arrived and the port of departure.
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*They can also help identify family and community members who arrived together and, usually, the country they came from.
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
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If you are unable to find your ancestor’s name, you may find emigration information on neighbors of your ancestor. Neighbors from the British Isles or Europe often settled together in Canada. Canadians who went to the United States sometimes settled in groups.
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There are very few passenger lists for ships coming into Canada before 1865. Lists were not made or were destroyed. The [http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/immigrants-canada/index-e.html Library and Archives Canada website] has posted an index of some lists that have survived. Some of these indexed names have been gathered from declarations of aliens and names of some Irish orphans.
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==== General Information About These Records  ====
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There are indexes available in the Cranbook records. The indexes are located in the file folder, Index Box 1 to Box 9, 1905-1923. Find your ancestor's name and look for the box, file and folio numbers located by their name. This is the information you will use to find your ancestor in the collection. The numbers you are looking for are located at the bottom of each page.
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Christopher J. P. Hanna developed an index to British Columbia Naturalizations from 1859-1882&nbsp; [Title: BCARS, GR 1554, British Columbia Archives, no date of publication]. This is available at the [http://www.bcgs.ca/?page_id=87 British Columbia Genealogical Society Library] or through other libraries.<br>
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A British Columbia Genealogical Society volunteer is indexing the earliest British Columbia naturalizations and this index is available on the [http://www.bcgs.ca/?page_id=1491 British Columbia Genealogical Society's Research Projects web page] and is being updated as indexing continues.<br>
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== Related Websites  ==
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*[http://www.bcarchives.bc.ca/bcarchives/default.aspx British Columbia Archives]
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*[http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp Citizenship and Immigration Canada]
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*[http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/Pages/home.aspx Library and Archives Canada]
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*[http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/english/db/hawke.aspx Toronto Emigrant Office Assisted Immigration Registers Database]
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*[http://www.ancestorsonboard.com/ Ancestorsonboard.com] -$
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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*[[British Columbia Naturalization and Citizenship]]
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*[[Canada Naturalization and Citizenship]]
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*[[Canada Emigration and Immigration]]
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== Contributions to This Article ==
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{{Contributor_invite}}  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
 
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
 
===== Citation Example for a Record Found in a Historical Record Collection =====
 
{{Incomplete Citations}}
 
  
“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 >  image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clementina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Matrimonios, San Ponciano, La Plata.
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection ===
  
When the citation has been replaced with a citation specific to the collection being described, the heading should be changed to “Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection” in Heading style 3.
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"British Columbia, Naturalization Records, 1859-1926," images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 17 May 2012), Victoria &gt; Naturalization records Box 1, file 1, no 1 to Box 10, file 9, no 843, 1859-1896 &gt; Image 3012 of 3310, Lee Wohn record of Oath of Residence dated 30 May 1895; citing Information Management Services, British Columbia Naturalization Records, 1859-1926. British Columbia Archives, British Columbia.
 
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Record Description

This collection will include records from 1859 to 1926.

This collection includes naturalization records from the counties of Victoria and Cranbrook, British Columbia. It includes applications, oaths of allegiance, naturalization certificates and other documents.

The Canadian Citizenship Act of January 1, 1947 introduced Canadian citizenship to Canada. Prior to that time Canadians who were born in the United Kingdom were considered British subjects.

Immigrants to Canada have never been required to apply for citizenship. Some nationalities were more likely to naturalize than others. Until 1947, settlers from Britain were considered citizens of Canada without needing to naturalize. Of those from other countries who applied, some did not complete the requirements for citizenship. Evidence that an immigrant completed citizenship requirements can be found in censuses, court minutes, homestead records, passports, voting registers, and military papers.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

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

"British Columbia, Naturalization Records, 1859-1926" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing County Court. British Columbia Archives, Victoria.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content


These application records usually contain the following information:

  • Name of immigrant
  • Date of immigration
  • Residence
  • Place of origin
  • Date of arrival in Canada

These oaths of allegiance records usually contain the following information:

  • Name of immigrant
  • Date of immigration
  • Residence
  • Years residing in Canada

These naturalization records usually contain the following information:

  • Name of immigrant
  • Occupation
  • Residence
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Date of immigration
  • Name of ship


After 1915 records may also include birth dates, birthplaces and other information about the immigrant and the immigrant’s family.

How to Use the Record

To begin your search in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of immigrant
  • Place of birth

Search the Collection

To browse this collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "County" category
⇒ Select the "Record Type, Box and File Numbers, and Years" category which will takes you to the images.

Look at each image one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Using the Information

  • Passenger arrival records can help you determine when an ancestor arrived and the port of departure.
  • They can also help identify family and community members who arrived together and, usually, the country they came from.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

If you are unable to find your ancestor’s name, you may find emigration information on neighbors of your ancestor. Neighbors from the British Isles or Europe often settled together in Canada. Canadians who went to the United States sometimes settled in groups.

There are very few passenger lists for ships coming into Canada before 1865. Lists were not made or were destroyed. The Library and Archives Canada website has posted an index of some lists that have survived. Some of these indexed names have been gathered from declarations of aliens and names of some Irish orphans.

General Information About These Records

There are indexes available in the Cranbook records. The indexes are located in the file folder, Index Box 1 to Box 9, 1905-1923. Find your ancestor's name and look for the box, file and folio numbers located by their name. This is the information you will use to find your ancestor in the collection. The numbers you are looking for are located at the bottom of each page.

Christopher J. P. Hanna developed an index to British Columbia Naturalizations from 1859-1882  [Title: BCARS, GR 1554, British Columbia Archives, no date of publication]. This is available at the British Columbia Genealogical Society Library or through other libraries.

A British Columbia Genealogical Society volunteer is indexing the earliest British Columbia naturalizations and this index is available on the British Columbia Genealogical Society's Research Projects web page and is being updated as indexing continues.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"British Columbia, Naturalization Records, 1859-1926," images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 17 May 2012), Victoria > Naturalization records Box 1, file 1, no 1 to Box 10, file 9, no 843, 1859-1896 > Image 3012 of 3310, Lee Wohn record of Oath of Residence dated 30 May 1895; citing Information Management Services, British Columbia Naturalization Records, 1859-1926. British Columbia Archives, British Columbia.