Thursday, 18 June 2015

FamilySearch adds Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1924

It's at least a hot contender for the most misleading title in genealogy. FamilySearch is no help in its description "This collection contains an index to Canadian border entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924 and corresponds with NARA collections M1461, M1463, M1464, M1465." It's a browse file with 4,140,062 images - pretty impressive for a town with a population of 6,000.
Click on the browse and you start to get a hint that the collection is more extensive.

(M1461) Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924
(M1463) Soundex Index to Entries into the St. Albans, Vermont, District through Canadian Pacific and Atlantic Ports, 1924-1952
(M1464) Manifests of Passengers Arriving in the St. Albans, VT, District through Canadian Pacific and Atlantic Ports, 1895-1954
(M1465) Manifest of Passengers Arriving in the St. Albans, Vermont, District through Canadian Pacific Ports, 1929-1949

The FamilySearch help file US Immigration Canadian Border Crossings reveals the scope, "from Washington to Maine." Also look for lists of passengers arriving in Canadian ports destined for the US.

Like Gilroy, Ancestry was already there. There's an index so FamilySearch suggests using Ancestry.


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