Citizenship Registration Records, 1851-1945 - Montreal Circuit Court

 

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The Records

Library and Archives Canada holds naturalization records created by the Circuit Court office in Montreal. Most records were created between 1868 and 1916.

A typical file will include:

  • the petition
  • the oath of residence
  • the oath of allegiance
  • and the certificate issued by a Justice of the Peace

and provide the following information for each petitioner:

  • name
  • age
  • residence
  • former residence
  • place of birth
  • length of residence in Canada
  • occupation
  • and date of naturalization.

The Database

This database provides access to 8432 references to the Citizenship Registration Records for the Montreal Circuit Court held at Library and Archives Canada. Each file was consulted in order to verify the name, age, place of birth and year of naturalization for each individual.

The content of the database entries reflects the original language used in the documents. This information was not translated. Most of the files consist of four printed form pages in English.

Important note: Given that some of the original documents are very difficult to read, some information in the database may be incorrect and/or incomplete.

Search Screen

The search screen allows you to search by:

  • Surname
  • Given Name(s)

Note that some entries include only an initial for the given names. Try searching by surname only.

When you have entered your search terms, click on 'Submit'. The number of hits found will be shown at the top of the results screen.

How to Interpret the Results

Your search results will be posted as a results summary list from which you will be able to obtain an item description.

Search Results Page

The search results page displays the following fields:

  • Item Number
  • Surname
  • Given Name
  • Year of Naturalization

Click on the underlined Item Number of a record to access the Item page, which contains additional information specific to that record.

Item Page

The item page has digitized images of the actual pages available in JPG format and contains the following fields:

  • Surname
  • Given Name(s)
  • Age
  • Country of Birth
  • Year of Naturalization
  • File Number
  • Volume
  • Reference
  • Item Number

To suggest a correction, click on the Suggest a Correction link to access an electronic form.

To return to the Search Results page, click on the Back button of your browser in the upper left corner of your screen.

How to Obtain Copies

You can print the images or save the images on your own computer. To print a copy of a scanned image, right click on the image, select copy, then paste to your word processing software, using the Edit: Paste Special Feature: Device Independent Bitmap.

Other Resources

Some provincial and territorial archives also hold citizenship and naturalization records. Records from 1854 are still in the custody of Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Consult Citizenship to obtain more information on additional resources to find naturalization and citizenship records.