Records of entry : ship notifications of arrival, 1865-1922

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Canada. Dept. of Immigration
Records of entry : ship notifications of arrival, 1865-1922
Documents d'entrée : avis d'arrivée des navires, 1865-1922
RG 76 C 3
Business and commerce
Document source
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
Until 1917, two federal departments - Agriculture, followed by the Interior - were responsible for immigration. In 1917, the Department of Immigration and Colonization was established. Since then, Immigration has existed as a separate department, except for the period from 1936 to 1949, when it was the responsibility of Mines and Resources. Today, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is the department of the government of Canada with responsibility for issues dealing with immigration and citizenship. The department was established in 1994 following a reorganization within the federal government.
This collection consists of ship notifications of arrival covering the period 1865 to 1922. The ship notifications of arrival are formal lists of immigrant ships arriving at Canadian and American ports of entry, prepared or collected and used by Immigration officials for reference within the Department. They constituted the only finding aids available to Immigration officers to locate manifests needed to verify individuals' entry to Canada. The notifications are lists of the names of all ships arriving at specified ports (normally those ships for which Immigration received copies of manifests) in rough chronological order. Arrivals for some ports are interfiled by month of arrival. The lists give a date and port of arrival for each ship. They sometimes also include the date and port of departure, the ship's owners, and notes on special parties aboard (e.g. child immigrants, sponsored groups, or ethnic groups). Most of the ship notifications exist in at least two versions: a rough early (handwritten or typed) draft, and a later typewritten edited version from which some notations (e.g. on immigrant parties aboard) have been omitted.
There appears to be no finding aids to the collection at the start of the microfilm reels.