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Celebrating Black History Month
As we observe Black History Month here at Ancestry.ca, we invite you to learn more about the role of Black Canadians in the development of our diverse nation. For years, it was generally believed that Black Canadians had little combat involvement and mainly worked in labour battalions to fix roads, move ammunition stores and other wartime duties. However, historical records tell a different story. According to the Circumstances of Death and War Graves collection on Ancestry.ca, we discovered that over 2,000 Black and West Indian men fought and died for Canada in the First World War and many were instrumental in the battles at Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele.

Take a moment this month to acknowledge the accomplishments of Black Canadians who have been integral to our national identity and an inspiration for generations. Just imagine what you might discover by digging through some of our collections on Ancestry.ca.
Start here:
Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918
Find Black Canadians by searching the Attestation papers

The Complete Canadian Census Collection
Find Black Canadians within the 'Personal Description' section

Black History Month
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1916 Canadian Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan,
and Alberta - UPDATED

Relive the Wild West with this collection and discover your roots in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. In the late 1800's to early 1900's, the Canadian Pacific Railway opened up access to new horizons for many Canadians. Immigrants and other Canadians hopped aboard to settle into new lives in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. As the Prairie Provinces continued to expand, a special census was developed to keep track of the growing population. The census was taken five years after every national census from 1906 to 1956. This database contains not only the name of every person enumerated in the 1916 Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, it also offers fascinating facts such as occupation, religion and year of immigration to Canada.

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1916 Canada Census

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Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956 - UPDATED

Learn about U.S. citizens and aliens who made their way across the Canadian-U.S. border between 1895 and 1956. This updated collection features the names, ethnicity, birth date, birthplace and other personal information of any individuals who crossed into Canada via various American ports. Prior to 1895, many immigrants traveling to North America entered through Canada to avoid U.S. immigration screening and costly sailing rates. In 1895, the U.S. required all steamships and railroads to register their passengers. From 1895 to 1956, various Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) forms were used to document U.S. immigrants to Canada. The update to this collection includes certificates issued to aliens pre-examined at Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1922-1929, prior to admission at the Canada-U.S. border.

Border Crossings
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20 Million Historical Records from New Zealand

Sail through over 20 million images of historical New Zealand records to unearth your family's Kiwi ancestry. This collection was curated by the late genealogist and author, Anne Bromell. During her extensive travel through New Zealand, Anne documented historical records dating from the mid-1800's through to the later part of the 20th century using her microfilm camera. View the images captured during her 20 years of travel to gain incredible insight into your family's history.

Search these New Zealand collections:
Canterbury, New Zealand, Provincial Rolls, 1868-1874
New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981
New Zealand, Jury Lists, 1842-1862
New Zealand, Maori Land Claims, 1858-1980
New Zealand, Maori Voter and Electoral Rolls, 1908 & 1919
New Zealand, Naturalisations, 1843-1981
New Zealand, City & Area Directories, 1866-1955

20 Million Historical Records from New Zealand
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Atlantic Ports Passenger Lists, 1820-1873 and
1893-1959 - UPDATED

Trace ancestral arrivals to Canada via various Atlantic ports with this important database. This updated collection, now containing additional passenger and crew lists, includes actual images of passenger lists from 1820 to 1959. The lists include given name, surname, age, gender, ethnicity, last residence, arrival date, port of arrival, port of departure and ship name. The lists even include the names of individuals accompanying passengers and the names of anyone the passenger may be joining upon arrival. Discover how your family or friends may have arrived in Canada and get a vivid snapshot of their lives at this integral moment in time.

Atlantic Ports Passenger Lists
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U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 - UPDATED

Delve into this recently-updated collection of U.S. passport applications to discover more about your American roots. 400,000 new passport records have been added to this extensive database. The resulting collection contains a wealth of ancestral information which may include proof of U.S. citizenship, father's and/or husband's name, naturalization date and place, occupation, physical characteristics and even photos. The collection includes applications for diplomatic or special circumstances passports, emergency passports and those issued to U.S. controlled territories such as Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

U.S. Passport Applications
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