British Columbia Naturalization Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Access the records: British Columbia Naturalization Records, 1859-1926 .

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.

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.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Information Management Services. British Columbia Naturalization Records, 1859-1926. British Columbia Archives, British Columbia.

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.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:


  • Name of immigrant
  • Date of immigration
  • Residence
  • Place of origin
  • Date of arrival in United States

Oaths of allegiance:

  • Name of immigrant
  • Date of immigration
  • Residence
  • Years residing in United States

Naturalization certificates:

  • 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.

How to Use the Record

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

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.

Related Websites

British Columbia Archives

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Related Wiki Articles

British Columbia Naturalization and Citizenship

Canada Naturalization and Citizenship

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.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"British Columbia, Naturalization Records, 1859-1926," images, FamilySearch ( 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.

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