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CANADIAN NATURALIZATION RECORDS
  Step 1  What Canadian Naturalization Records are available?
Step 2  Search Online Canadian Naturalization Records
Step 3  What Canadian Naturalization Records have been filmed and where do I find them?
Step 4  Search substitute records for Canadian immigration or naturalization year
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New on Ancestry! Irish Canadian Emigration Records, 1823-1849 This database contains various records and reports of Canadian emigration agents James Allison and A.J. Buchanan. These lists are searchable by name. The two collections in this database are:Records of James Allison, Emigrant Agent at Montreal, 1823--1849 & Emigration Agent Returns of Emigrant Orphans, 1847

The Canadian Citizenship Act began on 1 January 1947. From 1763 to that date, people born in the provinces and colonies of British North America were all British subjects. Taking the oath of allegiance meant becoming a British subject. Thus immigrants from Great Britain and the Commonwealth (England, Ireland, Wales or Scotland) did not have to be naturalized.


Naturalization Before 1854

A few naturalization registers exist for Upper Canada (Ontario) for the years 1828-1850 only. A nominal card index is available at the National Archives of Canada. Search Upper Canada and Canada West Naturalization Registers 1828-1850

[You can also order the microfilm from LDS to your local FHC. Available as 2 films: Returns by county Vol. 1-6 1828-1841 - FHL US/CAN Film 1631550 and Returns by county Vol. 7-8 1842-1850 - FHL US/CAN Film 1631551]

Also see the searchable database Citizenship Registration Records for the Montreal Circuit Court (1851-1945)

Naturalization 1854-1917

Citizenship and Immigration Canada holds records of naturalization and citizenship from 1854. The originals of records dated between 1854 and 1917 have been destroyed. However a nominal card index survives. It provides information compiled at the time of naturalization, such as present and former place of residence, former nationality, occupation, date of certification, name and location of the responsible court. The index rarely contains any other genealogical information.

Naturalization After 1917

Naturalization records created after 1917 are more detailed, indicating the surname, given name, date and place of birth, entry into Canada, and in some cases, the names of spouses and children.

A typical record may consist of an Application for a Decision, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Report, a Petition for Naturalization, an Affidavit Proving Petition, an Oath of Allegiance, and other documents and correspondence

The Canadian Naturalization databases contain references to about 200,000 people who applied for and received status as naturalized Canadians from 1915 to 1932. During that period, the Government of Canada published the lists of names of those naturalized subjects in the annual reports of the Secretary of State (Sessional Papers) and in the Canada Gazette.

These two databases, produced by the Jewish Genealogical Societies of Montreal and Ottawa, make it possible to search those annual lists by name. Search The Canadian Naturalization databases

A new Version of the Canadian Naturalization 1915-1932 Database is available as of July 22, 2009 - Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the release of a new version of the Canadian Naturalization 1915-1932 online database. It now includes the names of 206,731 individuals who applied for and received status as naturalized Canadians from 1915 to 1932.

The National Registration File of 1940

This resulted from the compulsory registration of all persons, 16 years of age or older, in the period from 1940 to 1946. This is another way to find an ancestor in that time period. This is a Census Substitute, not a naturalization record. However the forms did ask if the person was naturalized, and if so, what year and what place they naturlalized in. The forms also ask the year of immigration to Canada if not born in Canada.

You may view a complete list of the questions asked for Men and for Women on the National Registration forms, as well as a full-size graphic of the blank forms. There was a separate form for Men and another for Women.

The National Registration File of 1940 Form for Men View the complete list of questions The forms for men and women were double sided and had many questions of interest to genealogists. Copies of the submitted forms can be ordered (link to an online form provided at National Registration File 1940

The National Registration of 1918

During WW1 National Registration was held throughout Canada. All individuals over the age of 16 were required to register on 22 June 1918. Questions asked included name, address, age, date and country of birth, citizenship, year of immigration, marital status, state of health and occupation. Every individual was then issued with a Registration Card which they were required to carry with them at all times. See List of Questions asked on forms. Unfortunately the forms filled out and collected were not kept.

Finding Naturalization Records

Under the 1914 Act, naturalization certificates were issued based on the category of naturalization. Each certificate bore a letter (A, B, D, C or E) referred to as "the Series," and a number. Certificates issued in French also include the letter F after the number.
  • Series A: Naturalization Certificates granted to Aliens.
  • Series B: Naturalization Certificates granted to Aliens where names of minor children are included.
  • Series C: Naturalization Certificates granted to Minors.
  • Series D: Naturalization Certificates granted to persons whose nationality as British Subjects is in doubt.
  • Series E: Naturalization Certificates granted to persons naturalized under prior Acts.
  • Series F and G: Repatriations
Requests for copies of naturalization/citizenship records should be mailed to:
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Thierry Cadieux
A/Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator
Narono Building
360 Laurier Avenue West, 10th Floor
Ottawa , Ontario K1A 1L1
Telephone: 1-800-667-6703
1-800-667-6703
Facsimile: 613-957-6517
ATIP-AIPRP@cic.gc.ca

You must be a Canadian citizen or an individual present in Canada. Each application for copies must be submitted on an Access to Information Request Form (Download here or obtain from most Canadian public libraries and federal government offices). The cost is $5.00, payable to the Receiver General for Canada.

Enclose a signed consent from the person concerned or proof that he/she has been deceased twenty years. Proof of death can be a copy of a death record, a newspaper obituary or a photograph of the gravestone showing name and death date. Include the following information: full name, date and place of birth, and if possible, the number of the Canadian citizenship or naturalization certificate.

Naturalization Records Help

marker for naturalization records in Canada There is a partial index of naturalizations available in selected issues of the Government newspaper The Canada Gazette. Issues between 1918 and 1938 provide, at various intervals, lists of aliens who have been naturalized by the Secretary of State. The newspaper is available at the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa and at some Canadian University Libraries.

Check the online Lists of immigrants who received Canadian naturalization certificates,published in the Canada Gazette between 1915 and 1932. For updates and an announcement when other databases go online, join the free Olive Tree Newsletter or the Olive Tree Genealogy News Blog feed.

marker for naturalization records in Canada Search online NAC Government of Canada files Use search term Naturalization

marker for naturalization records in Canada Ontario Naturalization & Citizenship Records

Other Naturalization Resources

Alternate resources that provide immigration or naturalization years are

marker for naturalization records in Canada Census Records
marker for naturalization records in Canada City Directories
marker for naturalization records in Canada Land Records in Canada
marker for naturalization records in Canada Newspapers (Obits, Announcements)
marker for naturalization records in Canada Oaths of Allegiance
marker for naturalization records in Canada Canada Sessional Papers
marker for naturalization records in Canada Ships Passenger Lists to Canada

Helpful Naturalization Links

marker for naturalization records in Canada Acquisition of Canadian Citizenship at Birth or by Derivation through a Parent or Spouse [TheShipsList.com]
marker for naturalization records in Canada The Naturalization Act 1870 [TheShipsList.com]
 
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