CanadaGEN Study Group

Today’s session is all about ship’s passenger records and how to find them, including a two-step process at one site to get from the index to the image itself. Kudos to our guest expert Kathryn Lake Hogan, UE for making this research doable. Be sure to follow her YouTube channel and blog as she continues to share her knowledge.

See also: CanadaGen Study Group 1

Our shared CanadaGen Google Sheet with links we mention is located here:



10:01:03 From Jan Murphy : Good morning Myrt, Russ & Kathryn!
10:01:18 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Good morning from B.C.!
10:01:55 From Louise Henson to All panelists : Good afternoon from Deep River, Ontario, Canada
10:02:39 From Barbara Gressel : Greetings from Missouri, Barbara Gressel U.E.
10:03:08 From Carol Kuse to All panelists : Good morning from Kansas, Carol Kuse
10:03:59 From Jan Murphy to All panelists : Wikipedia says “Newfoundland joined Canada on March 31, 1949.”
10:04:14 From Cousin Russ to All panelists :

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10:06:46 From Danine Cozzens : Yes to all links, please! That Google doc had so much good info.
10:06:51 From Hilary Gadsby : Thanks Russ
10:07:13 From Cousin Russ :
10:08:54 From Cousin Russ : The Ships List
10:10:23 From Jan Murphy : US Border Crossings are not that much sooner.
10:11:30 From Hilary Gadsby : I am coming at this from the opposite direction to most as trying to find out where they went when they disappeared from the UK. Have a few that went to Canada.
10:12:33 From Jan Murphy : I’m trying to connect the two ends — I know the US and England bits but Canada is in the middle somewhere (1845ish).
10:13:40 From Jan Murphy : Was Pier 21 opened after the Halifax Explosion?
10:13:56 From Cousin Russ : Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
10:13:57 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Kathryn, did you say when those records begin?
10:13:58 From Meg McLaughlin : the arrival port also depends on the time of year that they arrived as St Lawrence froze. My grandfather came in to St John even though he was going to Sasketchewan because he came in March.
10:15:47 From Hilary Gadsby : My ancestors worked in the merchant marine so appeared on the lists as crew members.
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10:18:38 From Cousin Russ : Library and Archives Canada
10:20:40 From Cousin Russ : Immigrants before 1865 –

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10:21:04 From Cousin Russ : Find My Past: Canada, Immigrants to Canada, 1750-1854
10:21:30 From robert e scales : The Nanaimo ( Vancouver Island ) Genealogy group have done indexing:

10:22:41 From Cousin Russ : Canada, Immigrants To Canada Index, 1750-1854
10:24:02 From Jan Murphy : Ugh there’s no archive reference.
10:28:27 From Carol Kuse : I am trying to find out when and how my Joyal came to the US from Canada.

10:28:50 From Cousin Russ : CanGenealogy
10:29:14 From Robbin Smith : ty russ
10:30:35 From Cousin Russ : FamilySearch
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10:32:05 From Cousin Russ :
10:36:43 From Jan Murphy : What happens when you put the arrival date in the Any field?
10:42:51 From Launa Droescher : Great Great Grandparents show up in 1851 Paris, Onterio Census. Would they be in any boarder crossing records. Think they left from New York, USA.

familysearch_largeSquare10:43:44 From Cousin Russ : Canada passenger lists, 1881-1922 Digital images of originals housed at the National Archives of Canada (formerly Public Archives of Canada), Ottawa, Ontario. Index and images of ships’ passenger lists (also known as ships’ manifests or seaport records of entry). Contains records for the ports of Quebec City, 1900-1921; Halifax, 1881-1922; Saint John, 1900-1912; North Sydney, 1906-1912; Vancouver, 1905-1912; Victoria, 1905-1912; New York, 1906-1912; and Eastern US Ports, 1905-1912. The lists for United States ports include only those names of passengers with intentions of proceeding directly to Canada.

10:53:43 From Barbara Gressel : That is how I find names in the Land Petitions on the LAC site. It is time consuming but rewarding.
10:55:15 From Jan Murphy : The lists were made in the ticket offices.
10:55:27 From Jan Murphy : Same for the US lists.
10:57:14 From Jan Murphy : Do the lists say who bought the ticket during this period? Sometimes the tickets are bought by other people than the passengers.
10:58:56 From DearMYRTLE to All panelists : I see your comment indicaiton russ. but we are running short on time today.
10:59:06 From DearMYRTLE to All panelists : thank-you for being diligent. 🙂
10:59:27 From DearMYRTLE to All panelists : are you teaching today Russ?
10:59:46 From Cousin Russ : yes, but we are ok
11:00:09 From DearMYRTLE to All panelists : thank you.
11:02:03 From Cheryl Woodward : What if our ancestors are some of the earliest settlers to Canada (1600s)? Are there any records for those ships from Europe?
11:02:34 From Leah Smith : Wow! Great presentation!
11:03:27 From Hilary Gadsby : Just found another record for someone who emigrated a WW1 CEF personnel file

11:05:34 From Cousin Russ : Follow Kathryn’s YouTube Channel
11:05:42 From Meg McLaughlin : Scottish clearances was a push factor
11:05:56 From Barbara Gressel : A lot of the Scotsmen left Scotland due to the end of the Clan system. They left for a better life and opportunities.
11:07:07 From Kevin Hackett : In Paul Milner’s seminar at the NGS conference, he said there was a clearing of the Parishes of people they were supporting to Canada
11:08:34 From Danine Cozzens : Thanks for the great background info — my Canadians are there briefly from 1820-1849 but now I have some idea where to look.
11:08:42 From Jan Murphy : Thanks Russ, Myrt and Kathryn!
11:08:47 From Louise Henson to All panelists : Thank yoy very imformative
11:09:13 From Irene Sheridan : That was great. Thank you.
11:10:00 From Sheila Massi : Thank you

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