About the Canadian Border crossings
- View SourceI don't know that many Slovaks took this route, but Ancestry.com has finally, at long last, added the fascinating records of Canadian Border Crossings, a.k.a. the St. Alban's List. It was a popular and cheap route to the U.S. from English ports, and used a great deal by Russian Jews many of whom fled first to Britain in the 1880's and '90's. My great-grandfather's family came this way. I had found records for some of them a few years ago at the National Archives in Seattle, and now that it is on line I found my mis-filed great-great-grandfather et al. There are actually two sets of records associated with the border crossings: a sort of passenger manifest, and an inspection card. There is fascinating information on those cards, not all of which is duplicated on the manifests. I thought I found the cards on line in a browseable format but can't find my way back to the link. So if anyone finds them please give me a shout. Meanwhile I'm happy to do some spot searches if anyone thinks they have a missing Slovak who came in via the eastern Canadian border/Great Lakes.
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