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Don't know if this is him but this death record shows where he was born. Doesn't tell where he immigrated from but if it was Quebec it might limit where you need to search. This record is from familysearch.org. You need to register but it is free.
Thank you, that does appear to be him! I will locate a Family History Center and see if I can get a copy of the document. Thank you for finding it!!
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Dear Ms. Williams,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
Unfortunately, locating a border crossing record will not be possible since the United States did not record Canadian border crossings in the mid-1800s. Additionally, the Government of Canada did not keep records of people leaving the country and there are no lists for departures from Canadian ports per Immigration Records and Border Entries at Library and Archives of Canada. Before 1895, when the United States government began keeping border-crossing records, Canadians moved to the U.S. with few restrictions.
Auxiliary records may potentially be helpful with determining when Alexis Raberge entered the U.S. It might be helpful to look at local newspapers in Minnesota since early American papers recorded lots of details of day-to-day life and could reflect the arrival of new residents. The Minnesota Historical Society has a collection of city directories that might help confirm when he first appears as a resident.
However, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located Population Schedules for the 1860 Census and the 1900 Census in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that contains possible information about Alexis Raberge (name is misspelled as Alexes Rabarge in 1900 census). The records are not yet digitized and available in the Catalog. For access to and/or copies of the records, please contact the National Archives at Washington - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also searched Ancestry and located the 1860 Alexis Raberge, his wife Margaret & children Robert, Arcade, Frank & Mary; and 1900 census listing noted previously for Alexes Rabarge, his wife Marguerite (& son Charley) with immigration dates as 1848 and 1850 respectively; and the grave site of Alexis Raberge in Minnesota (names of family members are listed). If this census record is your ancestor Alexis Raberge, then he was noted also as being a naturalized U.S. citizen. Please verify the names of your ancestors with any information that you currently have about them. There may be a fee for using Ancestry.
We suggest that you review Canada Emigration and Immigration Genealogy (see section Emigration from Canada) for background information.
For a possible birth record for Alexis Raberge, we suggest you contact the Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON K1A 0N4, Canada. The web site is https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/index.html.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
[Some provided by Elizabeth Burnes, Subject Matter Expert]
Thank you Lisha - the resources and suggestions are tremendous! I have started researching the Canadian sites and contacted the Canada Library and Archives. Fingers crossed that I can find the information!! Desiree