What with the Mayflower story and the millions of people who set foot on Ellis Island, US arrivals seem to hog most of the attention when it comes to immigration. But not every family’s “how they got here” tale ends in the United States. Over the centuries, countless immigrants from the British Isles, Eastern Europe, Asia and, yes, even the United States, have answered the call to Canada. Some stayed to take jobs in cities or work on farms; others headed for Canada’s southern neighbor (maybe after sticking around awhile). It started with some 6,000 French immigrants who settled New France in the late the 17th century, and continues today as more than 200,000 arrive in Canada each year. Canada’s very character is defined by the successive waves of immigrants who settled its vast prairies and peopled its cities and towns.
For whatever reason your immigrant ancestors followed the call to Canada—and whether they considered Canada home or a means to get to the United States—we’ll
help you learn how they got there.
This download covers:
• History of Canadian immigration starting in the 1600s
• How to find and use Canadian official government passenger lists, which begin in 1865 and are available through 1935
• Several alternate sources for tracing Canadian immigrants who arrived before the government started keeping passenger lists in 1865
• Border-crossing records of immigrants coming to the United States from Canada, called the St. Albans Lists