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In the early and mid-nineteenth century many immigrants to the United States came via Canada because Canadian ports of entry did not have the same regulations that U.S. ports did. Coming to the U.S. through Canada was easier.

In the 1890s, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service tried to stop this. They realized many immigrants to the U.S. were coming through Canada undocumented so they stationed U.S. workers at Canadian ports of entry. Immigrants had to fill out a "Certificate of Admission" that was required to board a railroad headed for the U.S.

The U.S. government also asked Canadian steamships and railroads to keep manifests (or passenger lists) of those traveling to the U.S. Before 1 October 1906, only those born outside Canada were recorded on these passenger lists. Afterwards, Canadian-born immigrants to the U.S. were also included.

This collection is complete only through the year 1917. After 1917 anyone coming to the U.S. west of the Montana/North Dakota line was filed in Seattle, Washington. These records will be added at a later date. (

Collection now extended to 1956. Also includes Detroit Border Crossings and Passenger and Crew Lists, 1905-1963.

Arrival Date Name Est birth year Birth Location Port of Arrival
1898 Sep 24 Edward Sterry abt 1864   Point Levis, Quebec, Canada
1898 Sep 24 Elizabeth Sterry abt 1876 England Point Levis, Quebec, Canada
1912 Nov 24 Francis M Sterry abt 1881 England Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
1914 Jun 6 Robert Sterry abt 1867 Glasgow, Scotland Buffalo, New York, USA
+1916 Sep 29/Oct Edward C Sterry abt 1892 New Market, England Buffalo, New York, USA
1921 Jul Lawrence Sterry abt 1890 USA

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

1923 Jan/Jun 1 Constance Sterry abt 1897 London, England Ranier, Minnesota, USA
1923 Nov Harry Sterry abt 1874 England Detroit, Michigan, USA
1923 Nov/26 Oct Annie Sterry abt 1876 England Detroit, Michigan, USA
1923 Nov/26 Oct/23 Oct Harry Sterry abt 1908 Harrow, England Detroit, Michigan, USA
1923 Nov/Oct 23 Nora Sterry abt 1916 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Detroit, Michigan, USA
1923 Dec 10 William John Sterry abt 1923 Harrow, Middlesex Niagara Falls, New York, USA
1924 Feb 18 Annie Sterry abt 1900   Niagara Falls, New York, USA
1924 Feb 18 Winnifred Clarice Sterry abt 1921 Totonto, Canada Niagara Falls, New York, USA
1924 Feb 18 Marjorie Sterry abt 1923 Toronto, Canada Niagara Falls, New York, USA
1924 Feb 2 Percy Sterry abt 1883 England Detroit, Michigan, USA
1925 Dec 23 Alm James Sterry abt 1897   Blaine, Washington, USA
1927 Jul 17 Gwenyth R Sterry abt 1905 England Quebec, Quebec, Canada
1928 Feb 12 Stanley Harold abt 1910 Ottawa, Canada Detroit, Michigan, USA
1930 Oct 15 Ivy Sterry abt 1900 Middleton, England Detroit, Michigan, USA
1933 Jun 12 William Andrew Sterry abt 1893 London, England Detroit, Michigan, USA
1934 Aug 10 Catharine Sterry 1866 Illinois, USA Quebec, Quebec, Canada
1943 Oct 31 Winfield Elmer Sterry abt 1919 Lyndhurst, Ontario Buffalo, New York, USA
1944 Sep 4 Mary Sterry 14 Jul 1905 Scotland Detroit, Michigan, USA
1946 Jul 14 Sherley Sterry   Windsor, Ontario, Canada Detroit, Michigan, USA
1946 Oct 3 William Michael Sterry 7 Dec 1926 Sumas, Washington Sumas, Washington
1947 Apr 10 Henry C Sterry abt 1912 England Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
1948 Oct 7 Mrs Gwenyth Reinangle Simmers (nee Sterry) 1905 Surbiton Sry Niagara Falls, New York, USA
1952 Dec 21 Mrs G Sterry ___   Montreal, Quebec, Canada

+ = Longhope, Gloucestershire, UK line