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Digital Resources

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Immigrants at Grosse-Île
This database includes information on 33,026 immigrants whose names appear in surviving records of the Grosse-Île Quarantine Station between 1832 and 1937. Parks Canada provided the data.

Immigrants from China
The Government of Canada created documents specifically for new arrivals from China. This research tool provides access to 98,361 references to Chinese immigrants who arrived in Canada between 1885 and 1949.

Immigration Instructions: A Chart of Circulars, Directives and Operations Memoranda, 1909-1978 (Thematic Guide)
This is a guide to the ten series of Immigration policy and procedural instructions issued between 1909 and 1978. The circulars and directives were issued to instruct both Immigration Officers and prospective immigrants of Canadian immigration requirements.

Immigration of Farm Labourers to Canada, 1918-1945 (Thematic Guide)
Canadian and British government or government-sanctioned schemes for the admission and assisted passage to Canada of farm labourers (as opposed to farmer-settlers) proliferated in the period between the First World War and the Depression. This guide consists of specific and general archival references relating to this subject, mostly in the Records of the Immigration Branch (RG 76).

Immigration Records (1925-1935)
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) holds immigration records from 1865 to 1935. The names of immigrants arriving from overseas are recorded in passenger lists. Those arriving from or via the United States are recorded in border entry lists. A series of old nominal indexes exist for the 1925 to 1935 records. In cooperation with LAC, the Pier 21 Society in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has input the information from the passenger list indexes into this database.

Immigration Records - Most Frequently Used (Thematic Guide)
This guide is a brief review of most frequently used government immigration records.

ARCHIVED - In Quarantine: Life and Death on Grosse Île, 1832-1937
Through a variety of documents preserved and digitized by Library and Archives Canada (LAC), such as lists of births and deaths at sea, hospital registers, journals, letters, photographs and maps, In Quarantine: Life and Death on Grosse Île, 1832-1937 tells the story not only of the quarantine station, but also of the individuals who experienced life on the island.

Index to Federal Royal Commissions
This index provides bibliographic access to materials associated with more than 200 federal Royal Commissions that have taken place since Confederation. There are approximately 7000 items in the index that includes commission reports, briefs, submissions, evidence, working papers and other documents.

Indian Affairs Annual Reports, 1864-1990
A collection of Indian Affairs Annual Reports and other reports of the Indian Affairs portfolio for the years 1864 to 1990.

Indian Reserves -- Western Canada
This database provides item-level descriptions of approximately 1,500 maps and plans that relate to Aboriginal reserves and settlements in western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut Territory).

International Joint Commission (Thematic Guide)
This guide consists of specific archival references and a selected bibliography relating to the Canadian and American International Joint Commission on Water Resources, 1914-1941. Issues such as boundary waters, hydro-electric power and Niagara Falls were subject to negotiations by the International Joint Commission.

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ARCHIVED - Laurier House
In 2002, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Parks Canada and the National Archives of Canada to create a virtual tour showcasing the splendour of this nationally significant Victorian residence and its archival holdings. The creation of this virtual tour reaffirms the longstanding tradition of co-operation between the two institutions and brings the legacy of King to Canadians in an unparalleled and powerful way, unimaginable during his lifetime.

Lest We Forget
An exciting way to make history come alive in the classroom. The site gives students the opportunity to document the life stories of the men and women who served in the First World War.

Life of a Rock Star
Created by Library and Archives Canada and its collaborators, Natural Resources Canada, McGill University Archives, the National Library of Wales and the Toronto Public Library, this site draws on the documents, photographs and artifacts created or collected by the Geological Survey of Canada.

Likacheff-Ragosine-Mathers (LI-RA-MA) Collection
The Likacheff-Ragosine-Mathers collection (LI-RA-MA) contains documents created between 1898 and 1922 by the consular offices of the Russian Empire in Canada. The series on passports and identity papers is comprised of about 11,400 files on Jewish, Ukrainian and Finnish immigrants who came to Canada from the Russian Empire. The series includes passport applications and questionnaires containing general information.

Louis Riel, the Red River Rebellion and the North West Campaign (Thematic Guide)
This guide consists of specific archival references and other sources of information relate to Louis Riel, the Red River Rebellion of 1870 and the North West Campaign of 1885.

Lower Canada Land Petitions
This research tool provides access to more than 95,000 references to individuals who lived in present-day Quebec between 1764 and 1841.

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Made in Canada. Patents of Invention and the Story of Canadian Innovation
Made in Canada provides two avenues for learning about the history of innovation and knowledge sharing in Canada. The exhibition portion of the website features Canadian patents from 1869 to 1894. The database offers a searchable collection of fully scanned patents from the first 25 years of the Patent Office, 1869 to 1894.

ARCHIVED - Maps, Plans and Charts
This search tool provides access to approximately 40,000 item-level descriptions from the "old map card catalogue." About 4,000 items from the catalogue, now in the public domain, have been digitized and may be consulted online.

Métis Scrip Records
A research tool that allows users to search for the affidavits and applications related to the administration of the scrip issued by the Government of Canada. The scrip was issued to Métis residents of Manitoba and the former North-West Territories (present-day Saskatchewan, Alberta, Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories).

Montreal Emigrant Society Passage Book
This research tool provides access to 1,945 references to people who received aid from the Montreal Emigrant Society between May 12 and November 5, 1832.

Moving Here, Staying Here. The Canadian Immigrant Experience
This ambitious project was developed with two key goals in mind. The first was to facilitate improved access for genealogists and other researchers to some of LAC's frequently used immigration documents, such as passenger lists and land grants. The second goal was to provide Canadians with a unique history of Canadian immigration for the years 1800-1939.

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