Other places to look for information

Access to Information request

Submit an Access to Information request to Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada asking for any and all documents they have about each one of your ancestors who came to Canada.  The cost is $5.00 for each request but you may receive a great deal of information.
The Access to Information form can be found at https://atip-aiprp.apps.gc.ca/atip/welcome.do
The FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) link on that page should answer your questions about the form and who can apply for information.

Library and Archives Canada

The genealogy and reference section of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) provides free service to researchers.  Complete their "Ask Us a Genealogy Question" form using this link:  http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/assistance-request-form/Pages/assistance-request-form.aspx?requesttype=1

LAC also has a searchable database of naturalization certificates up to 1951.  The information you receive when you ask for a certificate may be very helpful in your genealogy research.  Instructions on how to search for a certificate and order copies are shown at  http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/immigration/citizenship-naturalization-records/naturalized-records-1915-1951/Pages/introduction.aspx

In addition, LAC holds an extensive collection of Canadian city directories.  These contain alphabetical lists of the persons or businesses at an address in that city, the occupation of the head of the household, whether they own or rent their home and possibly other information.  You can ask the reference staff for a free lookup in these at https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/assistance-request-form/Pages/assistance-request-form.aspx?requesttype=3  Be sure to include identifying details such as names, dates, city or town name and addresses if you know them.  Keep in mind, however, that LAC has limited resources and cannot do comprehensive searches for you.

Finally, if you would like to contact a professional researcher at LAC, we can recommend Hagit Hadaya who has an excellent knowledge of their collections.  Hagit can be reached at hadayah@outlook.com


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11.09 | 22:38

My father came to Canada in 1947.

01.09 | 15:11

I'm researching the history of the Hungarian Eglsaer family, who come from Mosonszentjános. Maria Eglsaer is on the list, I would be grateful for any information about when and with whom she came. Thank you if you reply.

06.08 | 15:14

Hi Gabrielle! Submit an Access to Information request to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada asking for your family's immigration records.

25.07 | 17:56

my family and I arrived to Canada as Hungarian immigrants but not on this list....
Im always looking for information aboiut our history

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