LAC Releases Immigration Information

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The Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has put together a virtual immigration display for researcher into Canadian family history.

Under the heading, "Moving Here, Staying Here: The Canadian Immigration Experience," the LAC has put the first part of a project in which they have accomplish their two goals. First, to "facilitate improved access for genealogists and the researchers" to the archives' frequently used immigration records, and second, to provide Canadians with the history of immigration for the years 1800 to 1939.

The database, with excellent background material, which have been released so far, are the Port of New Westminister of Chinese Immigration (1887-1908); Montreal Emigrant Society Passage Book; Immigration Records (1925-1935); Naturalization Records (1915-1932); Upper Canada and Canada West Naturalization Records.

Additional databases will be added to the list at a later date, and will include the Ward Chipman Papers, the Likacheff-Ragosine-Mathers Collection, and additional names from the Passenger Lists of 1865-1923.

Sylvie Tremblay, Project Officer for the Canadian Genealogy Centre in Ottawa—and guest speaker at the Ottawa Stake (LDS) Family History Center's first annual Family History Fair, held Saturday, June 10th, 2006—said that the "immigration records will be expanded to include passenger lists, which will appear in October of this year".

Currently, there is also other immigration documents online which explain Canadian immigration to the researcher, The Documentary Trail and the educational resource site and it's sister website, The Evidence Web.

The researcher can go to the website and search the index, and if more information is needed, then he/she can ask the librarian to order microfilm from the archives or a visit can be made to the archives itself, located at 394 Wellington Street, Ottawa. The telephone number is 1-866-578-7777 for a call from either Canada or the United States.

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