April 24, 2009

Border Crossings From U.S. to Canada, 1908-1935 online

Border Crossings From U.S. to Canada, 1908-1935 are now online at Ancestry.com

This database contains records of immigrants crossing into Canada from the United States between 1908 and 1935. These records consist of border entry lists and Form 30 (individual entry forms). Information recorded in these records may include: name of immigratn, port of arrival, date of arrival, age, gender, country of citizenship, birthplace, marital status, and last permanent address.

On average, the border entry lists recorded 10-20 people per page. Form 30 was an individual form and therefore was able to record more significant genealogical information about each individual. Although the use of Form 30 officially ended in 1924, there are some records of this form that date to later years.

The amount of information recorded in these records varies according to form type and year. Form 30 consists of two images – a front and a back side. The majority of the information is recorded on the front side, but there is also important information recorded on the back. Use the previous and next buttons in the image viewer to navigate between these images. The back side may sometimes appear before, instead of after, the front.

I played around there yesterday and found quite a few documents, including some Form 30! This is a terrific addition to their existing Border Crossings: Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1956 and Detroit Border Crossings and Passenger and Crew Lists, 1905-1957

While I was searching the new Border Crossing records, I had a chance to try out the new Search Engine which Ancestry is bringing online soon, plus their Hot Keys. More on my experiences with that, tomorrow!

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