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Online Canadian immigration info?

A woman and three daughters were born in La Crouais, France. A cemetery record, source unknown, says another daughter was born in Plumaugat, France. But the same daughter's immigration-to-USA record ...
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Translation of Polish writing mailed on back of photograph

I'm looking for Polish translation help. A relative recently found a box of materials about deceased relatives. There is a photograph with two women on one side and polish writing on the other (it ...
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Montmorency Island, Québéc?

I have lots of records that allegedly come from churches in “Montmorency I., Québec, Canada.” I had assumed that the ‘I’ was for Île (Island). But I cannot find such a place in Canada—not even a ...
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Trying to find Kina Rd in Toronto

The 1921 Census of Canada indicates family members lived at 536 Kina Rd, Toronto South District, District #133, Sub-District, Ward 4. I can't find this street. Was it renamed or has it disappeared or ...
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Looking for the Hans Hanson (Hansson, Hansen) family who came to North America via Quebec in 1870

I have tracked the Hanson family (Hanna, Hans, Jens, infant) from Gothenburg to Hull to Liverpool to Quebec (aboard the Allan Line SS Germany) but her husband and other son (Hans and Nils) were not ...
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Why was Harry Mendelsohn's 1915 death while fighting in Canadian Expeditionary Forces falsely reported?

Harry Mendelsohn in this July 13, 1915 newspaper article was not killed fighting in WWI. He was part of the CEF, but he hadn't yet left for France. No correction was printed in that paper or any of ...
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Original spelling of Polish surname is missing

My grandfather immigrated to Canada from Poland in 1909 with his parents. Our original surname's spelling was changed upon arrival in Canada. Since then it has been "Kerunsky" and no one kept record....
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What does it mean to be a part of XYZ Battalion in World War 1?

I found my great-grandfather's obituary and it says that he was a WW1 veteran and that he was a part of the 25th and 46th Battalion. What does this mean?
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What was the process for joining the military in Canada for WW2 and what are the different associated records?

If someone in Canada wanted to join in on World War 2 what was the process, requirements, and associated records for each step? For example, did they have to do informal training first or do an oath ...
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Where to find World War 2 records for Canada?

I was told a family story and I would like to see if there are any records to verify the story. I was told that my grandfather began the military training for WW2 but just as he finished the military ...
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Looking for emigration records from Liverpool England in 1921

I have an arrival record for my wife's grandmother. She and her mother/brother/sister arrived in Halifax, Canada on the "SS Canada" in February 1921. The record said that the ship departed from ...
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Finding households in the 1926 census of Prairie Provinces?

The 1926 Canadian Census of the Prairie Provinces (including Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan) has been released to the public. I can’t find some relatives and their neighbours south of Tompkins. ...
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Why might ancestors be missing from 1926 Canadian census?

My great-grandparents came to Canada from Romania. They travelled by boat (arrived Halifax Jan 1924) and then took the train to Saskatchewan to become farmers. They stayed with a cousin around the ...
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Conflicting names of ancestor's parents from different records?

Winnifred Lydia O'Brien 1896–1979 BIRTH 30 OCT 1896 • Stroud, Gloucestershire, England DEATH 28 NOV 1979 • New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada I believe I have found my great-grandmother in ...
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Finding place of birth for Martha Hyde Bell of Quebec?

What I know: Martha Hyde was born 1822? Died February 1849 in Quebec. Martha Hyde married William Bell in 1847 at Saint Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Quebec. Martha gave birth to my great ...
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What was the process for getting started with farming in the 1920s in Saskatchewan?

If Europeans arrived in Saskatchewan with the intention to stay permanently and become farmers, what would the process have been like in 1924? Would they have to wait or be granted land before ...
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Seeking Canadian immigration record for Pater Vavaruk/Varvarook who came from Romania 1910-1915?

My Grandfather Peter came to Canada from Romania anywhere between 1910-1915 to Quebec by ship. His last name was Vavaruk, Vavruk, or Varvarook. He later ended up with the last name Warll. The ...
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Name changes in Canada in the 1920s?

My great-grandfather died in WW1 and then my great-grandmother remarried and had more children with her second husband. This would have been 1920s rural Saskatchewan. All of the children took one last ...
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Why would the spelling of a town in Romania be changed upon arrival in Canada?

My relatives might have been from a place called Sânmihaui, Romania. They were German-speaking. Upon arrival in Canada, the name of where they were from was changed and such place on the immigration ...
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Finding German birth father who emigrated to Canada?

I was adopted in 1961. I think that my birth father was born in Germany and was around 19-20 years old when he emigrated to Canada and met my birth mother. They didn't marry and she later returned ...
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Public release date for 1926 Canadian Prairie Prov. Census, soon?

I am anxiously waiting for the release of the 1926 Canadian Prairie Province Census. The Canadian Census website on June 2nd states: The 1926 Census of the Prairie Provinces (Manitoba, ...
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Name of the church for this parish register?

This is a slip that identifies the parish register for the marriage of Frédéric Cormier and Emma Tétreault (see the related question Finding Actes notariés (Notarial Acts) when Notary's name is known?)...
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Finding Actes notariés (Notarial Acts) when Notary's name is known?

I have found an entry for a marriage in one of the Répertoires de notaires (Notarial Repertoires) in Ancestry's database Quebec, Canada, Notarial Records, 1626-1935 and I am trying to find the ...
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How to find Romanian (and Canadian-Romanian) ancestry online

Origins of my Romanian grandfather (born Montreal, Canada in 1914). His family had emigrated to Canada, where he was born, but returned to Romania after a few years. Later he joined the British Army ...
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What happened with this family when they arrived Quebec in 1871?

I am searching for this family who emigrated from Trondheim, Norway to Quebec, Canada 4th March 1871. They arrived Quebec with the ship "Franklin" and I can't find anything more about the family, so I ...
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Finding Montreal map from 1921?

Looking for rue Rivet in Montreal around 1921. I am looking to find out where some of my relatives lived in the city. I know it's not too far from where I am currently but cannot find a map. I am ...
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Reading a Canadian 'Oceans Arrival' form completed in 1924

I'm studying the FAN club of John Stanley Wright (mentioned at Finding an elusive ancestor after the 1901 census (who may have deserted his family)) in an attempt to narrow down the date range for his ...
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Trying to find ancestor prior to his marriage, believed born in Quebec

My ancestor, Thomas Kirby is believed to have been born in Quebec in 1838, at some point he and or his family moved to Kirby, Ontario where he married Elizabeth A Tremaine. I can't find any birth ...
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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 Jersey....
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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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Conducting research on Chinese village named P'an Yu, Guangdong Province?

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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