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  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
Canadian Passports Canadian Census Records City Directories Canadian Land Records Canadian Oaths of Allegiance Canadian Newspapers Canadian Naturalization Records Canadian Sessional Papers Ships Passenger Lists to Canada
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.

Canadian Naturalization & Citizenship Records

marker for naturalization records in Canada  Upper Canada (Ontario) and Canada West (Ontario) Naturalization Records 1828-1850 Library and Archives Canada holds several naturalization registers for Upper Canada and Canada West (now Ontario), for the years 1828 to 1850 only, organized by year within each county. This Naturalization Database contains 3,344 names.

marker for naturalization records in Canada  Lists of immigrants who received Canadian naturalization certificates 1915 - 1932 The Canadian Naturalization database contains references to about 200,000 people who applied for and received status as naturalized Canadians from 1915 to 1932. References located in the databases can be used to request copies of the actual naturalization records, which are held by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

marker for naturalization records in Canada  Partial index of naturalizations in the Government newspaper The Canada Gazette. Issues between 1918 and 1938 provide 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.

marker for naturalization records in Canada  Citizenship Registration Records for the Montreal Circuit Court (1851-1945) Library and Archives Canada holds 8432 records created by the Circuit Court office in Montreal. Most records were created between 1868 and 1916. A typical file includes the petition, the oath of residence, the oath of allegiance, and the certificate issued by a Justice of the Peace. The following information may be found:

  • name
  • age
  • residence
  • former residence
  • place of birth
  • length of residence in Canada
  • occupation
  • and date of naturalization
marker for naturalization records in Canada Search for Naturalization Records in the 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

Canadian Naturalization Records

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Helpful Naturalization Records

marker for naturalization records in Canada Naturalization Records held by Ontario Archives (List of names plus details)
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]

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.

Naturalization Certificates

* 1939 Canada Naturalization Certificate for Leslie Gyurkovits of Nelson British Columbia, front
* 1939 Canada Naturalization Certificate for Leslie Gyurkovits of Nelson British Columbia, reverse
* 1913 Canadian Naturalization Certificate Bernard Saul from Russia
* 1913 Canadian Oath of Allegiance Bernard Saul from Russia
 
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