This is a free database of Canada Immigrants from Russia, Poland, and Finland for the years 1898-1922 provided by Library and Archives Canada. Free searches can be made by surname, given name, or year of birth. This site has helpful information for how to search and how to interpret results.

“From the mid-19th century to the early 20th century, the Imperial Russian Government, which included eastern Poland and Finland as well as most of the former USSR, maintained consulates throughout North America. These consulates were closed following the outbreak of the Russian Revolution. Their records were then stored in many places, and many became lost, damaged or destroyed. Eventually the records were placed in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) of the government of the United States, in Washington, D.C. The records were organized into American and Canadian collections.

“The American collection of the Imperial Russian Consulates records is much larger than the Canadian collection. Containing material dating from the years 1862 to 1922, it covers primarily the years 1900 to 1917. In the United States, the Imperial Russian Consulates were located in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Honolulu, Philadelphia, Portland (Oregon) and Seattle.

“The Canadian collection consists of documents created by consuls in the Imperial Russian Consular offices located in Montréal, Vancouver and Halifax. The last of these consuls were A.S. Likacheff, K. Ragosine, and H.I. Mathers (LI-RA-MA). In 1980, the Public Archives of Canada (now Library and Archives Canada) borrowed the Canadian collection from the D.C. in 1990. The NARA. The documents were classified and microfilmed and returned to Washington, D.C. in 1990. The NARA later sent the original documents to the Soviet Union. The LI-RA-MA collection (MG 30 E406) contains personal documents that immigrants brought with them to Canada. Immigrants surrendered these records to the consular officials in return for the required identity cards that would let them to work and live in Canada. The collection consists of 127 volumes and is available on microfilm reels M-7591 to M-7672, M-8270 and M-8271 (84 reels, 16 mm).”

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