Those who used the May 2009 Family Tree Magazine
article on immigrants to Canada will be pleased to learn that Ancestry.ca
, sister site to Ancestry.com
, has added border-crossing records from the United States to Canada between 1908 and 1935. (Thanks to Dick Eastman for the tip
The database may hold the key for "missing" immigrant ancestors. Between 1901 and 1914, more than 750,000 people entered Canada over the US border
. Many were European immigrants who originally settled in the American West.
Americans also routinely crossed the border to visit friends and family.
But this database isn’t available with the $155.40 US-focused Ancestry.com subscription, reports Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings
. You need an Ancestry.ca or a World Deluxe subscription to access it.
Note Canadian citizens returning home weren’t recorded, nor were those who had a Canadian parent. And Lisa A. Alzo, who wrote our May 2009 article, says those who crossed where ports either didn’t exist or were closed wouldn’t be listed.