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Saturday, July 18, 2009

How to find an immigration record by looking in other databases

Ruth's Question:
Looking for Immigration Information : ship, year etc.

MOTHER:Sarah Murphy ALLISON widowed 1890, Belfast , came to Vancouver, B.C. & married
James CURRAN Widower, on Sept. 27, 1891, Vancouver, B.C. ( I have the marriage certificate.)

CHILDREN: ( came after 1891 )
Robert ALLISON b 1871 Ballynure Co. Antrim
John " b 1876 Belfast, Co. Antrim
Elizabeth " b 1876 Belfast Co. Antrim ( twins)
Joseph " b 1879 Glasgow

I have the 1901 Census Belfast & can document all the children there. I have the BC Archives copy of them in Vancouver, B.C. in 1903. They were not monied & I wonder if they immigrated under some assisted scheme? ANY help GREATLY appreciated as I have been looking for YEARS!

Olive Tree Answer: Hello Ruth. It looks like you have done some good work finding data for your Allison family. Sometimes in order to find one record we have to look at others! In this case, to help you find that immigration record of a ships passenger list, you may want to seach the 1911 Canadian census. It will give an immigration year, and although it may be slightly off, you can use it to narrow your timeframe. The 1911 Census for Canada can be found at AutomatedGenealogy (a free transcription which links to the free LAC images). You can also search the index to the 1911 Canadian Census at The indexed entries are linked to the actual images of the census page.

Having said that, I had a quick peek and found Robert, John and Elizabeth living in Vancouver BC in 1911. Their dates of birth are not what you have provided, but it is them. You can have a look for yourself and decide which is correct. They all state their year of immigration was 1902. So you can search the online
Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 on Ancestry using that year plus/minus 1 or 2 years. They should turn up!

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