2 Replies Latest reply on May 6, 2021 3:01 PM by James Huntoon

    Mary Kenney 1865 Immigration from Canada

    Shirley Jeanne Newbie

      Hello -


      I have been unable to find any information on my gggrandmother, Mary Kenney, born 1850 in Ormstown, Le Haut-Saint-Laurent, Quebec. 


      According to the 1920 census, it indicates she immigrated in 1865 and became naturalized in 1870. However, I do not know her point of entry and have been unable to locate anything on her immigrating.  She would have been 15 in 1865 so she may have immigrated with her parents John and Mary Kenney who were born in either Ireland or England.  Conflicting census reports show both.


      Any help you can provide would be appreciated.


      Thank you


        • Re: Mary Kenney 1865 Immigration from Canada
          Susannah Brooks Pioneer

          Border crossings from Canada to the US were not recorded until 1895, so you will not find immigration records for a 1865 border crossing.

          • Re: Mary Kenney 1865 Immigration from Canada
            James Huntoon Adventurer

            Dear Shirley Jeanne:


            Thank you for posting on History Hub!


            If you know where she lived in the 1870s when she was naturalized, you can contact local courts that performed naturalizations and see if they hold records.  According to the 1920 census she lived in Massachusetts and here is a web page for naturalization records for the state of Massachusetts.  These records start in 1885, but you may still want to conduct a search.


            Furthermore, you can also contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, who holds naturalization records since September 27, 1906.  Here is a link to their Genealogy webpage and even though they hold records after her 1870 naturalization, you may still want to conduct a search. 


            If you think her parents naturalized, you can also search for their naturalizations.

            Unfortunately, border crossing records from Canada did not start until 1895 and here is a National Archives webpage on the U.S.-Canadian Border.