Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Grosse Île online exhibition and database

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) announces the launch of In Quarantine: Life and Death on Grosse Île, 1832-1937, a project funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage through its Canadian Culture Online Program. The quarantine station at Grosse Île was located in the St. Lawrence River downstream from the City of Québec.

Featuring a variety of documents preserved and digitized by LAC, such as lists of births and deaths at sea, hospital registers, journals, letters, photographs and maps, this virtual exhibition tells the story not only of the quarantine station, but also of the individuals who experienced life on the island.

The database includes information on 33,026 immigrants whose names appear in surviving records of the Grosse-Île Quarantine Station between 1832 and 1937 from sources such as baptisms, burials, memorial lists and hospital records at Grosse Île, and births and deaths at sea. Some information is linked to images of original documents.

Find the site at: www.collectionscanada.ca/grosse-ile.

Based on an announcement from Library and Archives Canada.

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