Thursday, 14 May 2015

Ancestry adds Canada, Passenger and Crew Manifests, 1912-1939 and 1953-1962

UPDATE:  This database has now been renamed U.S., Passenger and Crew Lists for U.S.-Bound Vessels Arriving in Canada, 1912-1939 and 1953-1962.

Who knew the US National Archives and Records Administration had passenger lists and crew manifests for vessels and aircraft arriving in various Canadian ports?

While far from exhaustive, just 93,258 records, this collection includes arrivals at Montreal,
Saint John, Halifax, Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto and Quebec Ports.

It includes 23,480 people of "American" nationality, 15,795 Canadians, 14,322 people described as British not including 230 English, 16 Scottish, 5 Welsh and 34 UK. There are 176 Irish, 2,651 Australians, and 1,012 New Zealanders.

Over 77,000 records of these records now available from Ancestry are for the post-WW2 period and include images of the original records written by the traveller.


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Those are American government records that recorded the names of passengers bound for the United States, but who landed at Canadian ports. They are not Canadian government records.

As explained in the following article:

…The U.S. Immigration Service stationed immigrant inspectors at Canadian seaports of entry to collect the manifests and inspect U.S.-bound immigrants.

http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2000/fall/us-canada-immigration-records-1.html

JDR said...

Yes, as stated in the first sentence, they are records from NARA.

JDR said...

Yes, as stated in the first sentence, they are records from NARA.

Lesley Anderson said...

I found the title very confusing as well so we’re changing the title to “U.S., Passenger and Crew Lists for U.S.-Bound Vessels Arriving in Canada”. The change should be Live within the hour.

Thanks for the feedback!

Les