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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Finding Records for a Death at Sea

Terry asked:
How do I find the record of an Uncle who died from measles and was buried at sea while travelling from Austria/Ukraine to Canada with his mother and younger sister. This could be around 1912-1914. He was around 5 years old. Is there somewhere that it would be recorded?

Olive Tree Answer: Hi Terry. Deaths at sea were recorded on the passenger manifest. It may be noted beside your uncle's name on the passenger list, or it may be noted on the last page of the full manifest. Have you checked the incoming Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 for your family? The link takes you to the Ancestry indexed lists. Then you can decide whether to view the actual image on Ancestry or go to Library & Archives Canada website to view the image there.

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