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Finding Passenger Lists to Canada BEFORE 1865

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    Hi everyone I thought it might be helfpul to explain a bit about finding ships passenger lists to Canada before 1865. I ll write up an overview for finding
    Message 1 of 1 , May 30, 2006
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      Hi everyone

      I thought it might be helfpul to explain a bit about
      finding ships passenger lists to Canada before 1865.

      I'll write up an overview for finding passenger lists after
      1865, and send as another newsletter later. Some of the
      URLs below have wrapped to two lines, be careful to copy
      and paste BOTH lines into your web browser to reach the
      sites

      There are no comprehensive lists of immigrants arriving in
      Canada prior to 1865. Until that year, shipping companies
      were not required by the government to keep their passenger
      manifests.

      There are search engines to search multiple websites for
      ships going to Canada at

      http://olivetreegenealogy.com/ships/search_shipscanada.shtml

      They include most ships lists on the Internet going to
      Canada and the online InGeneas databases for immigration to
      Canada 1800s

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      Library & Archives Canada Holdings

      There are some passenger lists archived at the NAC
      (National Archives of Canada) for the time period 1817-
      1831. You might also find an ancestor in correspondence of
      the Secretary of State on immigration for 1817-1857. There
      are lists of immigrants, mainly Irish, and entry books re
      immigration, and assisted emigration to British North
      America. These must be ordered offline . Details are given
      at
      http://olivetreegenealogy.com/articles/immcanpre1865.shtml

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      Immigration Projects Online

      Ships passenger lists for Peter Robinson Settlers
      sailing1825 Ireland to Canada are online at
      http://www.rootsweb.com/~ote/ships/

      There are a few surviving passenger lists which were kept
      by
      shipping agents in the originating country. The Passenger
      Books of J & J Cooke, Shipping Agents gives sailings from
      Londonderry to Quebec and St. John New Brunswick from 1847
      to 1871. These are online at

      http://olivetreegenealogy.com/ships/jjcooke.shtml

      St. Lawrence Steamboat Co. Passenger Records 1819-1836 at
      http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/passengerlists/1819_20inde
      x.htm

      The Hawke Papers, letterbooks of Chief Emigrant Agent
      Anthony B. Hawke are also available at the Archives of
      Ontario. They cover the years 1831 to 1892. See the
      searchable database at
      http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/english/db/hawke.htm

      There is also the "Return of Emigrants Landed at the Port
      of
      Kingston Ontario, Canada 1861-1882" which gives the final
      destination of the individuals, their date of arrival at
      Kingston and more. It is found at
      http://olivetreegenealogy.com/ships/kingston1861oct-
      1862may.shtml

      Petworth Immigrants 1832-1837 at
      http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/passengerlists/petworth.ht
      ml

      Emigrants from England in New York City Almshouse 1818-1830
      - 254 names of English immigrants to Canada & USA including
      the name of the ship they sailed on at
      http://www.allenglishrecords.com/almshouse-a-f.shtml

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      New Brunswick Arrivals

      The Saint John Customs House Passenger Lists 1815, 1832,
      1833-1834 & 1837-1838 are the only known surviving lists
      from this time period. Some can be found online at
      http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/passengerlists/saintjohnin
      dex.htm Most of the Customs House records were lost in
      1877 in the Great Fire of Saint John. Famine lists from
      1845-1850 appear also to have been lost.

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      Mailing Lists

      There is a mailing list called CAN-SHIPSLISTS-PRE1865-L
      for
      queries and discussion involving immigration to Canada
      before 1865. You can subscribe from this page
      http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/intl/CAN/CAN-SHIPSLISTS-
      PRE1865.html

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      Newspaper Arrivals

      TheShipsList website has Quebec ship arrivals extracted
      from
      contemporary newspapers.

      See

      http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/Arrivals/index.htm


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      Miscellaneous Websites with Immigration Information on
      Ships
      to Canada

      Immigrants to Canada
      http://ist.uwaterloo.ca/~marj/genealogy/thevoyage.html

      The Ships List
      http://www.theshipslist.com/

      Ships Passenger Lists Online
      http://www.rootsweb.com/~ote/ships/

      Finding Ships Passenger Lists to Canada
      http://shipslists-online.rootschat.net/canada/

      Ships Passenger Lists to Canada 1400-1930
      http://olivetreegenealogy.com/ships/tocan1400-1800.shtml
      Good luck!
      Lorine
      --New Databases online
      http://olivetreegenealogy.com/freedata.shtml
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