25 March 2012

US to Canada border entry records, 1908-1918 and 1925-1935 at LAC

LAC announces free to all access at the LAC website to digitized reels of Canada border entry records, 1908-1918 and 1925-1935. You can now access 121,302 images of immigration records. They are not name indexed.
Start at http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/microform-digitization/006003-130-0012-e.html?PHPSESSID=6h8gs14fsfbfcjqdtdqldt9k46 to understand the records and identify the reel or reels of interest. Then go to http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/microform-digitization/006003-110.02-e.php?&q2=30 for a clickable list of microfilm numbers.

These records were made available, name indexed, in April 2009 by Ancestry.ca. If LAC were interested in being helpful to researchers, rather than just announcing the availability of reel images on their site, they would surely have made the availability of a name indexed version known in their announcement.


Archivus said...

I agree. It is indeed odd that LAC does not opublicize the fact that it has a contractual agreement with Ancestry. By not drawing attention to the nominal indexes on Ancestry to the Border Entry records and other records (First World War "circumstances of death" and "burial registers", for example), LAC does a disfavour to researchers and is clearly not taking full advantage of its relationship with Ancestry. I have to ask, why not?

Yolanda Presant said...

They want people to use them!lol