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Looking for Canadian Pacific Railway worker James Edward Allan/Allen, believed to have died in Canada/USA about 1925?

The last member of my family on my mother's side died in February 2014, and while alive refused to give me any information about our family or my maternal Grandfather. While my father's side is well ...
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Researching background on life in Finland before immigrating to Canada?

My mother arrived from Finland at the port of Quebec on June 2, 1923 at 23 years old. She resided for 19 years before passing away in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. I would like to research her life in ...
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How can I process this image to extract more of the information

I'm researching my grand-uncles James Daniel Wright and Frank Leslie Wright (brothers of my grand-father) who went over to Canada as British Home Children with their younger sister in 1912. ...
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Finding an elusive ancestor after the 1901 census (who may have deserted his family)

What strategies should I adopt to find an elusive ancestor in the early twentieth century? He may have deserted his family, so I can't rely on records of a wife of children to corroborate ...
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Meaning of “vous condition” on baptism records from Maine and Canada in Drouin Collection?

In the Parish records (Drouin Collection) in Maine and Canada I have found several baptism records that state "vous condition". I do not speak french and I am not sure of the first word as the ...
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Where is Lebonnaire in Canada?

I have a record that indicates a great aunt was born "at" (not "in") Lebonnaire, Canada. The record does not indicate which Province. I know her father was Canadian, her mother was from New ...
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Finding ship grandfather took from Liverpool, England to Quebec, CA arriving January 1900?

I am hoping to find the ship that my grandfather took from Liverpool, England to Quebec, CA that arrived January 1900. Isidore Segall's Naturalization papers give the above information. I have ...
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Other 'non-loyalist' Immigration to Canada following American Revolution from the US

I am trying to track down a few individuals that I believe may have immigrated to Canada following the American Revolution but before the War of 1812. Assuming a primary motivation for moving to ...
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What is “Canada E” in the 1860 US Federal Census?

I am looking at the 1860 US Census Record of John Surarrer. The transcription of it states that he was born in "Canada E". Here is the image. Does this just mean Canada, or does the E give some kind ...
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Finding residence information for Toronto in the 1840s?

I am trying to fill out the timeline of tailor George Hindley, his wife Ann/Hannah Drake, and their family between 1841 and 1847. A rough timeline of the family can be seen by putting some of the ...
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What does the term “domestic” mean on the 1901 Manitoba census?

What does the term domestic mean in the 1901 Manitoba census? A girl, age 7, who had been adopted by the family at age 3 is referred to as domestic rather than daughter.
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Birth Record for Son of Scottish Surgeon Attached to Canadian Regiment During US Occupation

James Davidson, Surgeon, born in Scotland, attached to Royal Canadian Emigrant regiment 1775-1779, and then attached to the 84th regiment from 1781-1785. Official posting (documented) is to Quebec ...
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World War I Military service for Canada by Belgian living in USA?

My grandfather was born in Belgium, emigrated to the U.S. in 1906 through Ellis Island, then moved to Pennsylvania. He later moved to Detroit, Michigan and started a family. In 1917 he went to Canada ...
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What is a “partner” in the Canadian 1901 census?

I found this record on the canadian census of 1901 http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1901/Pages/results.aspx?k=cnsSurname%3a%22Kutschke%22+AND+cnsGivenName%3a%22Heinrich%22 It lists "William ...
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Finding who lived at an address in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1957

I am helping a relative with some research. A now deceased ancestor emigrated from the UK to Canada in 1957. We have the UK departure record and the US arrival record. The arrival shows them as going ...
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DNA detection of indigenous grandparents

I have French Canadian Metis grandmothers, but no direct maternal or paternal link - will dna testing recognise the haplogroup?
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How to find someone from Canada who has not been heard of since about 1939?

I have been searching for my grandfather John Howard Coulter who was born at Bellaire, Belmont County, Ohio, on 22 Feb 1896. He married Clara Mae Newton and had two daughters Mildred (1918 Ohio) and ...
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How do I find a Canadian address that appears to go missing between Censuses?

I'm looking for a record for 426 Clinton Street, Toronto in the 1921 Census. In the 1911 Census this was Toronto West, Ward 5, Sub-District 65. The 400 block is north of Bloor Street, but only south ...
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Street index for Canada 1921 census

Is there a street index for the larger cities in the 1921 Canadian census? (When I first asked this question, the 1921 census (on Ancestry) was images only, with no name index. Although a name index ...
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Which passengers from the Komagata Maru were allowed to enter Canada?

There were 20 people allowed into Canada from the steamship Komagata Maru (see Wikipedia's article Komagata Maru incident). Is there a way to identify who were the 20 people allowed entry?
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How might I conduct research on a Chinese village? Specifically, P'an Yu, Guangdong Province, China

According to audio recordings of my grandfather, he was from a village called Pung Wu, that he said was as large as the city of Vancouver and filled with many shops. I think that he means P'an Yu ...
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Quebec City Passenger Lists … 1865-1900: Devising a scheme to view the first page of a passenger list

I am writing about a Library and Archives Canada collection, "Quebec City Passenger Lists Index 1865-1900." This is a collection of indexed names and digital images said developed from RG 76, the ...
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How to find Indentured Servants in Buffalo, NY or Canada?

I've tried the City Hall on my last trip to Buffalo with no luck. All I know is my great grandmother was given to a family as a young girl. She came to the USA sometime around 1880 to 1884, and I ...
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Who built the SS Persia in Quebec in 1853?

Like many other Australians with European heritage, I have several ancestors who spent more than 100 days on a ship travelling to Australia in the nineteenth century. There was ample time for births, ...
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Would there be 1830-1850 US naturalization records for children born Canada to parents born in US when relocating back to US?

Michael Preston (1792-1849) was born in New Hampshire; his first wife, Mary Merrill, was born there in 1795. This couple removed to Canada not long after their marriage, ca18 June 1816. Most or all of ...
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How to better identify Lemuel K. Preston's 1830s-era birth place, “Broome, L. C.?”

In his 1852 Providence, Rhode Island, marriage record,1 Lemuel Keyser "L. K." Preston (ca1828-ca1881) was reported born "Broome, L.C.," the son of Michael and Mary Preston. I interpret the ...
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Sources for Border Crossings between Toronto and Chicago in early 1890's?

What records might exist for border crossings and travel in early 1890's between Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA, probably via Michigan? The family members involved ...
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What resources exist for information about ancestors affected by the Expulsion of the Acadians?

I believe I had ancestors in Acadia who were expelled by the British in the mid-18th century. Are there any surviving records from this event? Where can they be found?