July 3, 2015

Over a Million Newly Indexed Canadian Passenger Lists Now Available

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Mixed group of immigrants, Quebec, ca 1911. Photo by William James Topley, Library and Archives Canada, PA-010270. Some rights reserved.

Over a million indexed records and images for Canadian passenger lists (1881-1922) are among newly-announced records now searchable at FamilySearch.org.

The database includes records for Canadian ports–Quebec City, Halifax, St. John, North Sydney, Vancouver and Victoria–as well as U.S. ports for passengers who reported Canada as their final destination.

Before this time period, travel between the U.S. and Canada was common. But it was not always officially recorded because there were no border crossing stations on land. During the time period covered by these records, nations on both sides of the border became concerned about the impact of this invisible migration. Official border crossing record-keeping began in 1895. (See a database at Ancestry.com).

Here’s a tip: If you have immigrant ancestors who landed in the United States during this era but you haven’t found their passenger records, consider the possibility that they arrived via Canada. They would have avoided the increasingly strict monitors at the port gates of entry to the U.S. “golden door.”

Here’s a full list of recent updates to FamilySearch.org:

Collection

Indexed Records

Digital Images

Comments

Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981539,2100Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Argentina, Capital Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1737-1977682,0020Added indexed records to an existing collection.
BillionGraves Index407,422407,422Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-19221,673,05161,099Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
Denmark, Church Records, 1484-194102,399,826New browsable image collection.
Germany, Prussia, Brandenburg, Landkreis Ostprignitz-Ruppin, Miscellaneous Records, 1559-194509,569New browsable image collection.
Italy, Campobasso, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-191802,171,641New browsable image collection.
Italy, Napoli, Fontana, Parrocchia di Santa Maria della Mercede – La Sacra, Catholic Church Records, 1659-1929054Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Illinois, Northern District (Eastern Division), Naturalization Index, 1926-19790214,094Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994980,427951Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

 

 

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Lisa Louise Cooke is the Producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, an online genealogy audio show at www.GenealogyGems.com. She is the author of the books Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies and The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, and the Google Earth for Genealogy DVD series, an international conference speaker, and writer for Family Tree Magazine.