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Form 30, 1919-1924 (Border Entries)

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About the Records

From January 1, 1919 to December 31, 1924, the Department of Immigration and Colonization required that individual forms (Form 30, RG 76 C5b) be completed and submitted to the immigration officers at border ports, instead of the large sheet border-entry lists previously in use. A form was submittedfor each immigrant or family, including some returning Canadians.

The use of Form 30 was discontinued as of January 1, 1925. From that date, the use of large sheet lists was reinstated, although some Form 30 records dated after 1924 appear in this series, in particular for January, February and March of 1925.

Each Form 30 usually included the following details:

Form 30: Anna Bernier, 1923.Library and Archives Canada,RG 76 C5b, reel T-15256.


Form 30: Anna Bernier, 1923.
Library and Archives Canada,
RG 76 C5b, reel  T-15256.

  • port and date of entry;
  • name;
  • age;
  • occupation;
  • birthplace;
  • race;
  • citizenship;
  • religion;
  • last permanent address; and
  • destination.

Note that in some cases, the names of accompanying dependents were included with the head of household, not on separate forms.

How the Records Are Arranged on the Microfilm Reels

The Form 30 records were microfilmed in quasi-alphabetical order. For each letter of the alphabet, surnames are arranged in groupings based on the initial letters of each name. For example, surnames starting with Ada, Adc and Add are grouped together starting with given names beginning withA. Such a grouping could include the following arrangement of forms:

Anne Adair, Benjamin Adcock, Christopher Addison, David Adair, etc.

Other examples:

Johann Wurmlinger, Kaarlo Wutala, Katarzyna Wusik, Ulrich Wurzer
Giovanni Lemmetti, Joseph Lemoigne, Margaret Lemon, Yvonne Lemoine
Adam Downey, Alexander Dow, Ann Dowd, Arthur Downes

Some of the more common surnames, such as Smith, Adams, MacLeod and Bennett, are grouped separately.

Important Note

When consulting the Form 30 records, be aware that in most cases each form was microfilmed with the backside first, followed by the front of the form.

List of Microfilm Reel Numbers

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