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Immigration Records Column Headings

The immigration records (passenger and border entry lists) were microfilmed in the 1950s and were not produced to archival standards. After filming, the originals were not retained. Unfortunately, due to the poor quality of the microfilm, scanning the images from the microfilm was not able to correct the quality of some of the images. Also, some of the ink used in the original documents had faded before the records were microfilmed. For these reasons, some of the column headings on the immigration records are difficult to read.

For your convenience, the column headings from various immigration forms from 1865 to 1935 have been transcribed. Please note that the immigration forms and the questions asked were very different on each form. The transcriptions were made from the immigration forms, including the spelling of words as they appear in the actual column headings. Please note that all the forms were printed only in English.

Passenger Lists (1865 - 1935)

The forms that were used varied over the years. In some years, different forms were in use at the same time. From 1865 to the early 1870s, some ships used handwritten lists in Swedish, Norwegian or German, rather than the standard government form. Because those were not standard lists, transcriptions of the headings were not done.

Form used in 1865, 1866, 1867, 1868 and 1869
Form used in 1866, 1867, 1868 and 1869
Form used in 1869, 1870 and 1871
Form used in 1870
Form used in 1871 and 1872
Form used in 1871, 1872 and 1873
Form used in 1872 and 1873
Form used between 1874 and 1878
Form used between 1878 and 1881
Form used between 1882 and 1889
Form used between 1890 and 1894
Form used between 1895 and 1899
Form used between 1899 and 1903
Form used between 1904 and 1908
Form used in 1906 and 1907
Form used between 1909 and 1921
Form used between 1925 and 1935

Form 30A (1919-1924)

From July 1921 to December 1924, an individual form (Form 30A) was used instead of the passenger lists. The use of Form 30A was inconsistent. Some immigration offices were using them as early as 1919, while some offices continued to use the sheet manifests as late as 1922.

There were several variations of the fronts and backs of the Form 30A, used in different combinations.

Front of Form 30A - Type A
Front of Form 30A - Type B
Front of Form 30A - Type C
Front of Form 30A - Type D
Back of Form 30A - Type A
Back of Form 30A - Type B
Back of Form 30A - Type C
Back of Form 30A - Type D

Border Entry (1908-1935)

In 1908, the government began keeping records of people entering Canada via the border with the United States. There were several variations of the border entry forms.

Border Entry Form used in 1908
Border Entry Form used between 1909 and 1913
Border Entry Form used between 1914 and 1918
Border Entry Form used between 1925 and 1930
Border Entry Form used between 1931 and 1935

Form 30 (1919-1924)

From January 1919 to December 1924, an individual form (Form 30) was used for border entries.

There were several variations of the fronts and backs of the Form 30 records, used in different combinations.

Front of Form 30 - Type A
Front of Form 30 - Type B
Front of Form 30 - Type C
Front of Form 30 - Type D
Back of Form 30 - Type A
Back of Form 30 - Type B

Immigration