In this post I look at the follow up to the Chinese Immigration Act and share a startling period in Canadian immigration: the use of X-rays to determine the chronological age of Chinese teenagers and young adults. Put simply, X-rays were used to measure bone formation, called ossification, and by comparing the measurements of bone… Continue reading Order-in-Council PC 2115: When immigration met the X-ray machine
I found a surprising cache of documents this week: historic prisoner records for Kingston Penitentiary. In this post, I'll share two finding techniques for prisoner records at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and at sister site Héritage Canadiana (Héritage). As noted in previous posts, the two sites share information, but I'm still working out their… Continue reading The prisoners of Kingston Pen, 1843-1890
In this blog, I explore the finding aids for Chinese Immigration Act Case files at Library and Archives Canada
If you asked, What's a census schedule? you've come to the right place. In this post I'll review all the Canadian censuses for schedules, provide info on which ones are available, and give you an example of how to find schedules in the 1871 and 1901 censuses.
In this post, I show you how to use the card catalog to find the case files for Japanese Canadian genealogy.
I tell you about the Office of the Custodian of Enemy Property - what it was, who was in it, where the docs are, and how to navigate thousands of records.
Have you ever been baffled by being unable to find a family on the 1921 Canada census that you found on the 1916 census? Here's 5 steps you can follow using freely available sources.