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How to find information about your ancestors who lived in Canada. Includes census, naturalization, immigration, and vital records.

How to find information about your ancestors who lived in Canada. Includes census, naturalization, immigration, and vital records.
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  • 1. Canada Unspooled: Genealogical Research of Canadian Records
  • 2. Immigration Records Citizenship and Naturalization Censuses Vital Records
  • 3.
    • Additional URLs are at: www.mymishpocha.net/conference
  • 4. Immigration Records: Ship Departure Records from England and Europe
  • 5. FindMyPast.com – Search Results
  • 6. Sample of Liverpool Departure Records
  • 7. Sample of Hamburg Departure Records
  • 8. Sample of Holland America Departure Records
  • 9. Immigration Records Ship Arrival Records Into Canada
  • 10. Passenger Records are available for these ports:
    • Quebec City and Montreal (Quebec), 1865-1935
    • Halifax (Nova Scotia), 1881-1935
    • Saint John (New Brunswick), 1900-1935
    • North Sydney (Nova Scotia), 1906-1935
    • Vancouver (British Columbia), 1905-1935
    • Victoria (British Columbia), 1905-1935;
    • via New York, 1906-1931; and other Eastern United States ports, 1905-1928
  • 11. Passenger lists Online 1865-1922
    • City of Québec, Quebec (inc. Montréal) , May 1, 1865 - July 13, 1921
    • Halifax, Nova Scotia , from January 1881 - October 2, 1922
    • Saint John, New Brunswick , January 4, 1900 - September 30, 1922
    • North Sydney, Nova Scotia , November 22, 1906 - August 31, 1922
    • Vancouver, British Columbia , January 4, 1905 - September 28, 1922
    • Victoria, British Columbia , April 18, 1905 - September 30, 1922
  • 12. Search page for Arrivals Database
  • 13. Results of Search
  • 14. Ship Information
  • 15. Sample Page from Arrival Manifest
  • 16. Search Page for 1925-1935 Immigrations
    • www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/immigration-1925/index-e.html
  • 17. Results of Search
  • 18. Individual Information from Search
  • 19. Russian Consular (Li-Ra-Ma) Records
    • www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/li-ra-ma/index-e.html
    • 1898 to 1922
    • 11,400 files were created
  • 20. Results of Li-Ra-Ma search
  • 21. Li-Ra-Ma Results
  • 22. Sample File from Li-Ra-Ma Collection
  • 23. List of Genealogy-Related Databases on CollectionsCanada website
    • http://search-recherche.collectionscanada.ca/ ancestors/search.jsp?Language=eng
  • 24. Canadian Border Entry Records Records of immigrants to Canada across the US / Canada Border
  • 25. 1908–1918 Border Entry Records were recorded by border city and date of crossing
  • 26. Jan. 1919 – Dec. 1924 used “Form 30”
  • 27. 1925 – 1935 were recorded by month and day, then alphabetically by port city
  • 28. Inter-Library Loans Getting Canadian microfilms and other resources sent to your local library
  • 29. Naturalizations Becoming a Canadian Citizen
  • 30. Pre-1917 Naturalization Index Card
  • 31. There were different categories of Naturalizations after 1914:
    • Series A: Certificates granted to Aliens.
    • Series B: Certificates granted to Aliens where names of minor children are included.
    • Series C: Certificates granted to Minors.
    • Series D: Certificates granted to persons whose nationality as British Subjects is in doubt.
    • Series E: Certificates granted to persons naturalized under prior Acts.
  • 32. Post-1917 Naturalization File
  • 33. Post-1917 Naturalization File
  • 34. Post-1917 Naturalization File
  • 35. To Order a Naturalization File:
    • Send request to:
    • Citizenship and Immigration Canada Public Rights Administration 360 Laurier Ave West, 10th Floor Ottawa, ON K1A 1L1
    • URL for the form, and instructions, are on the handout.
  • 36. Some Naturalizations Indexes are online:
    • 1915 - 1932
    • http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-505-e.html (Special Thanks to the JGS Montreal!)
  • 37. Initial Naturalizations Results
  • 38. Search Results – 1915-1932 Naturalizations – “Full Name” results
  • 39. Search Results – 1915-1932 Naturalizations – “Page Index” results
  • 40. Census Records
    • 1851, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1906 and 1911 are available online.
    • The others are not indexed and are available on microfilm only.
  • 41. Automatedgenealogy.com
  • 42. Search Results – List of Provinces
  • 43. Don’t know which province? http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/archivianet/1911/006003-300-e.html
  • 44. 1911 Census Search Page
  • 45. 1911 Census – Second step to searching
  • 46. Results of search
  • 47. Split View Page
  • 48. The 1911 census asked useful questions.
  • 49. 1881 Census now online and searchable
    • http://www. collectionscanada . gc .ca/databases/census-1881/index-e.html
  • 50. Vital Records Finding and Getting Birth, Marriage, and Death Records from throughout Canada
  • 51. Divorces
    • Divorces were controlled by the Canada federal government, not by the individual provinces.
    • http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-906.008-e.html
    • From 1840 to 1968, divorces in Canada were granted by private acts of the Parliament of Canada.
    • 1867 to 1968 required a notice of intent to be published in two newspapers in the home district or county for 6 months.
    • Between 1867 and 1963, a transcript was published in the Statutes of Canada for the current year.
  • 52. Divorces in Canada
    • Searchable database is at: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/divorce/001070-100.01-e.php
    • Alphabetical index of Parlimentary Divorces is at: http://www.afhs.ab.ca/data/divorces/index.html
  • 53. Results of Divorce Search
  • 54. Ontario Vital Records
    • Currently Available:
    • Birth Records – from 1869 to 1911
    • Marriage Records – from 1801 to 1926
    • Death Records - from 1869 to 1936
  • 55. Familysearch.org Home Page
  • 56. Search by Place
  • 57. Type in “Ontario”
  • 58. Choose the first result
  • 59. Click on link for “Vital Records”
  • 60. Choose which films you want to review
  • 61. Sample Birth Record - 1908
  • 62. Sample Marriage Record – 1912
  • 63. Ontario Death Records – 1920 and 1942
  • 64. For more recent records, contact:
    • Office of the Registrar General 189 Red River Road P.O. Box 4800 Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada P7B 6L8
    • - Metropolitan Toronto residents: 416-325-8305. - Ontario residents outside Metropolitan Toronto: 1-800-461-2156 (toll-free). - Outside Ontario: 416-325-8305.
  • 65. Canadian Obituary Collection at Ancestry.ca
  • 66. WWI Canadian Soldiers at Ancestry.ca
  • 67. British Columbia Vital Records
    • Currently Available:
    • Births - from 1872-1903
    • Marriages - from 1872-1932
    • Deaths - from 1872-1987
  • 68. British Columbia Vital Records Search
  • 69. Search for records
  • 70. Results of Search – All Records
  • 71. British Columbia Records at FHC
    • Births 1872 – 1903
    • Marriages 1872-1932, with bride indexes 1872-1942, groom indexes 1872-1939
    • Deaths 1872-1987, with index 1872-1976
  • 72. Manitoba Vital Records
    • Not Available:
    • Births less than 100 years ago
    • Marriages less than 80 years ago
    • Deaths less than 70 years ago
  • 73. Search for Manitoba Records
  • 74. Manitoba Birth Search Results
  • 75. Manitoba Marriage Search Results
  • 76. Manitoba Death Search Results
  • 77. Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada
    • http://www.jhcwc.org/geninst.htm
    • Surname List from records in their archives, including Yiddish newspapers
    • Complete index to Jewish burials in Manitoba cemeteries
    • They need volunteers to index the marriage records of Manitoba synagogues
  • 78. Ancestry.ca Canadian Newspapers online http://www.ancestry.ca/search/rectype/periodicals/news/dblist.aspx?tp=3243
  • 79. Quebec Vital Records
    • Records before 1900: Library and Archives Quebec
    • http://www. banq .qc.ca/portal/ dt / accueil . jsp ? bnq _langue=en
    • Records after 1900: "Directeur de l'état civil“
    • http://www.etatcivil.gouv.qc.ca/en/default.html
  • 80. JGS-Montreal Resources http://www.jgs-montreal.org/
  • 81. JGS-Montreal http://www.jgs-montreal.org/quebec-research.html
  • 82. Quebec Archives
  • 83. Nova Scotia Vital Records
    • Available but not online:
    • NSARM :
    • Births 1864 - 1876
    • Marriages before 1933
    • Deaths before 1958
    • Vital Statistics Nova Scotia :
    • Births: October 1, 1908 to the present
    • Marriages: 1933 to the present
    • Deaths: 1958 to the present
  • 84. Alberta Vital Records
    • Available but not online:
    • Births: approximately 1850 to present
    • Marriages: approximately 1890 to present
    • Deaths: approximately 1890 to present
  • 85. Saskatchewan Vital Records
    • Available and Online:
    • Births more than 100 years ago
    • Deaths more than 70 years ago
    • Available but not yet online:
    • Marriages registered more than 75 years ago
    • Saskawatchan Genealogical Society: www.saskgenealogy.com/
  • 86. Saskatchewan Birth Records Search
  • 87. Genealogical Research in Canada Questions?