Ports of Arrival
The National Archives of Canada with help from the Pier
has compiled a searchable databae of 745,000 names of immigrants
|Janet Templeton aged 15 came to Canada with her family arriving
at the port of Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 3, 1926 on the ship Cameronia.
The Templeton family made their way to the farm assigned to them near Hampton.
Clive Almond Goodman aged 28 arrived in the port of
Saint John, New Brunswick on March 8, 1929 from St. Vincent Island, West
Indies on the ship Lady Nelson. Clive and Janet met in Saint John and were
married at All Saints Anglican Church in East Saint John on January 10, 1933.
Their names appear in the database of Passengers of the National Archives
Photo courtesy of K. Cormier
On our first trip to the brook, we lugged two pulpwood sticks. On our second trip we carried boards. On the final trip we were weighted down with two poles, hatchet, saw, hammer, nails, rope, a red polka dot handkerchief and a tin picnic hamper filled with sandwiches, ginger cookies and a bottle of home made Root Beer.
Once the raft was built, Cliff searched the bank for a suitable pole to use as a mast for our red and white polka dot flag and I attached the pull rope.
A heavy rain last night had caused a good run of water. Everything was now in place for our adventure to sail down the brook. Ordinarily we were not allowed to go out of sight of the house but this time Mum relented and told us we could go as far as Arthur's line fence.
As we drifted and poled along we pretended we were on a ship that was crossing the Atlantic Ocean headed for the Port of Saint John.
I wonder if the children aboard the vessels coming to Canadian Ports with their families were as excited as we were.
The National Archives of Canada, with help from the Pier 21 Society, has compiled a searchable database of 745,000 names of immigrants who came to Canada between 1925 and 1935. You can search the database by visiting the National Archives' web site at http://www.archives.ca/02/020118_e.html.
The database references provide the immigrant's surname, given name, age at time of arrival, nationality, date and port of landing, the name of the ship and the shipping line, and the volume, page and microfilm reel numbers on which the entry appears in the actual passenger lists. The Help screens that accompany the database explain what other details are found in the passenger lists and how to access the records.
The ports of arrival in Canada are Saint John, Halifax, North Sydney, Quebec, Montreal, Vancouver and Victoria. Some ships arrived at American ports and the immigrants traveled from there to their Canadian destination by train thus New York, Boston and Providence are included.
Some other passenger list sites:
At http://istg.rootsweb.com/1800/ann&mary18330000.html you will find details on the ship Ann & Mary that departed in 1833 from Cork, Ireland to Saint John, New Brunswick.
http://istg.rootsweb.com/1800/amynta18330403.html tells of the ship Amynta that departed on 3 April 1833 from Plymouth, England to Saint John, New Brunswick.
http://istg.rootsweb.com/1800/charlottecorday18200307.html holds a Manifest of passengers on board the Schooner Charlotte Corday that departed from Saint John, New Brunswick and arrived in New York on 7 March 1820.
For more sites visit Ship Lists - To Canada - Genealogy Links at http://www.100megsfree.com/gen/canships.html.
Our ancestors sailed the unknown waters in search of a new home and
we now follow in their footsteps - searching for information on their journey.
Ruby is a genealogy buff. Readers are invited to send their New Brunswick genealogical queries to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. When E-Mailing please put Yesteryear Families in the Subject line. Please include in the query, your name and postal address as someone reading the newspaper, may have information to share with you but not have access to E-mail. Queries should be no more than 45 words in length.
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