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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Canadian:Immigration Records  by Patricia McGregor, PLCGS. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

Bibliography & Suggested Reading

  • Barman, Jean. The West Beyond the West, A History of British Columbia. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1991.
  • Baxter, Angus. In Search of Your Canadian Roots. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1999. 
  • Bothwell, Robert, Ian Drummond, John English.Canada 1900-1945. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1987.
  • Cooper, Afua. “The Search for Mary Bibb, Black Woman Teacher in Nineteenth-Century Canada West”, Ontario History, vol. 83 (1991).
  • Filby, William P. and Mary K. Meyer. compilers,Passenger and Immigration Lists Index: a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Washington, DC: Gale Research, 1981 and several supplements since. This index can also be purchased as a CD-ROM collection through the  website:
  • Green, Ernest. “Upper Canada’s Black Defenders”,Ontario History, vol. 27 (1931).
  • Harrison, Michael and Dorothy Martin, transcribers. The Records Of The Society For The Relief Of The Sick and Destitute 1817-1847. Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, 2002.
  • Johnson, Daniel, Peter M. Toner and Kenneth Kanner.Passengers to New Brunswick: The Custom House Records. New Brunswick Genealogical Society, 1987.
  • Knowles, Valerie.Strangers at Our Gates', Canadian Immigration and Immigration Policy 1540-1990.Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1992.
  • Lamond, Robert.A Narrative of the Rise & Progress of Emigration from the Counties of Lanark & 'Renfrew to the New Settlements in Upper Canada on Government Grant. Glasgow, 1821. Ottawa: Canadian Heritage Publications, 1978.
  • Lawrence, Grace. A Proud Past, a Promising Future: Ontario Black History Society. OGS Seminar Annual 1987.
  • Merriman, Brenda Dougall.Genealogy in Ontario: Searching the Records, 3rd edition. Toronto: Ontario Genealogical Society, 1996.
  • Mitchell, Brian.Irish Passenger Lists 1847-1871. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc. 2001.
  • Montizambert, Dr. F. Quarantine Service inHandbook of Canada 1897. British Association for the Advancement of Science, Toronto Meeting. Toronto: Publication Committee of the Local Executive, 1897.
  • Obee, Dave. Destination Canada:A guide to 20th century immigration records. 2nd edition, privately published, 2004.
  • O’Gallagher, Marianna. Grosse Île, Gateway to Canada 1832-1937. Ste Foy, Quebec: Livres Carraig Books 1984, 4th printing, 2001.
  • Punch, Terrence M., ed. Genealogist’s Handbook for Atlantic Canada Research. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, Second Edition, 1997.

  • Punch, Terrence M. Genealogical Research in Nova Scotia. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 1998. 
  • Riendeau, Roger and staff. Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Culture, An Enduring Heritage, Black 'Contributions to Early Ontario. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1984.
  • Roper, Sydney C. D., compiler. The Statistical Yearbook of Canada for 1890. Ottawa: Department of Agriculture, 1891.
  • Smith, Marian L. By Way of Canada: U.S. Records of Immigration Across the U.S.-Canadian Border, 1895-195'4 (St. Albans Lists). The U.S. National Archives & Records Administration, Fall 2000, Vol. 32, No. 3. Accessed online.
  • Stouffer, Allan P. “The Black Image in Nineteenth-Century Ontario”,Ontario History, vol. 76 (1984).
  • Stratford-Devai, Fawne. Province of Ontario Immigration Records, An Overview. Global Heritage Press, 2005.
  • Winks, Robin.The Blacks in Canada: A History. McGill-Queen’s university Press, Montreal, 2000.

Information in this Wiki page is excerpted from the online course Canadian: Immigration Records offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. To learn more about this course or other courses available from the Institute, see our website. We can be contacted at

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