Many people are looking for information about their ancestors. When those ancestors are immigrants, it can be hard to find! The information may be in archival files whose relevance is not immediately obvious.
This is the case, for instance, with the archival records of the Canadian National Land Settlement Association. They contain official documents created by Canadian National to promote immigration and colonization in Canada, a program that also had significant negative impacts on First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation.
For this Co-Lab challenge, we have specially digitized many pages from the Association’s archives, covering the period from 1925 to 1963. You can also read more in our blog post on this topic.
As Andrew Elliott, an archivist at Library and Archives Canada, notes: “The personal records of immigrants are particularly interesting. They include an application form indicating the nationality, language, religion and age of the person and their family members; identity cards; documents indicating services provided to the family, including the name of the shipping company and the ship on which they came to Canada; receipts; records of their place of settlement in Canada; and miscellaneous correspondence. It should be noted that in the 1920s and 1930s, many immigrants came from Eastern Europe, particularly the Ukraine.”
By participating in this Co-Lab challenge, you can help to make the files of these people searchable in our research tool. Indeed, all of the content that you transcribe, translate, describe or identify will be accessible within 24 hours to those seeking to discover more about their roots.
Now is the time to lend a hand!