Re: Canadian immigration
This web site might be of some interest to you. It doesn't really describe
the process but you might find your ancestors on it.
Basically, as I understand it, agents of the government went to the States
and other countries to encourage immigrants to settle in the Canadian West.
Raw land was available for about $10.00 a quarter section (160 acres) with
some conditions about clearing, cultivating, etc.
I was just at a seminar where the speaker talked about this a bit and I have
some references to published works that might give you more information. If
you're interested, let me know.
Kamloops, BC, Canada
From: J. Michutka <jmm@...>
To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@onelist.com <SLOVAK-ROOTS@onelist.com>
Date: October 24, 1999 2:16 PM
Subject: Re: [SLOVAK-ROOTS] Canadian immigration
>From: "J. Michutka" <jmm@...>and
>At 08:06 AM 10/24/99 -0700, you wrote:
>>From: "Jenny Brichta" <yump@...>
>>They may have gone to Canada for a land deal that the Canadian govt was
>>offering at the time. To encourage immigration, land was offered for very
>>low cost IF the family could survive there for a certain number of years
>>farm the land.5.
>This would make sense; supposedly it was my grandfather's dream to have his
>own farm. When they later moved to Michigan, they did become a farming
>family, but always tenants, never owners. Never climbed out of poverty.
>On the other hand, all 8 of their children survived to adulthood, growing
>up the the USA; I've been going through the parish records in the village
>they came from, and fully one-half of the children died before the age of
>May I ask what your source of info about the Canadian land deal is, and
>whether there are any records that can be checked?
>Thanks for your note--this may be our answer to a very old family question!
- Hi Julie,
What Kate wrote sounds like what I heard from my great-aunt Fritzi. She
emigrated from Czech. into Canada and had a real struggle there the first
few years. She said they were too poor to buy farm equipment so several
families used a communal plow. I don't think they made any profit off the
land, just managed to survive. So in answer to your question, I got the
information from a live witness who is still live and well at the age of 73.
I could write her via snail mail and ask her for more info if what Kate gave
you isn't enough.
P.S. Sorry for sending the entire list last time-Thanks, Ron, for pointing
>May I ask what your source of info about the >Canadian land deal is, andWest.
>whether there are any records that can be >checked?
>Basically, as I understand it, agents of the >government went to the States
>and other countries to encourage immigrants to >settle in the Canadian
>Raw land was available for about $10.00 a quarter >section (160 acres) with
>some conditions about clearing, cultivating, etc.
>Kamloops, BC, Canada