1 Reply Latest reply on Apr 29, 2021 3:47 PM by Charles Miller

    Were records kept of immigrants to US from Canada Atlantic provinces in 1870's?

    Su Perullo Newbie

      I have family that left Prince Edward Island and moved to Massachusetts by the 1870's - the earliest record I've found are city directories from the 1870's showing where they lived near Boston.  Were records kept of immigrants from Canada traveling down the coast (I assume by sea, but might be by land?).  I have some naturalization records but don't know exactly when they arrived, nor where they entered the US.

        • Re: Were records kept of immigrants to US from Canada Atlantic provinces in 1870's?
          Charles Miller Adventurer

          Dear Su Perullo


          Thank you for contacting History Hub.


          Because your family resided in Massachusetts, we suggest that you contact the staff at the National Archives at Boston via email atboston.archives@nara.gov to have them perform a search through the naturalization records they maintain from the Federal courts in that area. Please be sure to provide all known name variants in your request to allow for a successful search.


          You may also want to consult this microfilm publication, which is at the National Archives at Boston:

          M1299. Index to New England Naturalization Records, 1791-1906 (117 rolls). NAID 4498967. This serves a similar function for naturalizations occurring in various courts in the six New England States of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

          National Archives Catalog: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/4498967

          Here is a roll list: https://www.archives.gov/files/research/microfilm/m1299.pdf

          Unfortunately, it does not appear that there is a digital copy available on the NARA Catalog. 

          The National Archives at Boston also has four other microfilm series involving passenger arrivals, but the earliest of these dates to 1895, which is later than your request of 1870s.

          For more information concerning our immigration holdings please

          visit https://www.archives.gov/research/immigration/overview


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          We hope this is helpful.  Best of luck in your research.


          Charles Miller