Launches the United States - Canadian Border Crossings Collection From 1895 to 1956

Superman Creator, Joseph Shuster, Among More Than 4 Million Names Added to

Largest Online Collection of U.S. Immigration Records

Mar 28, 2007, 01:00 ET from

    PROVO, Utah, March 28 /PRNewswire/ --, the world's largest
 online resource for family history, today announced the addition of the
 first and only online collection of more than 4 million names of
 individuals who crossed the U.S.-Canadian border between 1895 and 1956.
 These historical records are the latest addition to's
 Immigration Records Collection, which also includes more than 100 million
 names from the largest online collection of U.S. passenger lists, spanning
 1820 to 1960.
     An often-overlooked, but major U.S. immigration channel, the
 U.S.-Canadian border typically offered easier entrance to the United States
 than sea ports such as Ellis Island. This new collection includes
 immigrants who first sailed to or settled in Canada before continuing to
 the United States as well as U.S. and Canadian citizens crossing the
     "Everyone has their unique family story -- not all our immigrant
 ancestors came to America on board a ship," said Megan Smolenyak, Chief
 Family Historian for "This collection represents a
 significant opportunity for people whose ancestors had Canadian roots or
 entered the country via Canada to trace their footsteps back in time." transcribed the names in the collection from more than 1
 million documents, some containing passport-type photos of immigrants. The
 records were culled from more than 100 land-ports of entry, from Washington
 to Maine. Among the busiest ports of entry on both sides of the border were
 Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Detroit, Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto.
     The border crossings also contain a surprising number of nationalities
 with Russians, Italians and Chinese among the most common nationalities of
 people crossing the U.S.-Canadian border.
     Among notable border crossers is Superman creator, Joseph Shuster. Born
 in Toronto, Shuster moved to the United States as a child, eventually
 becoming a U.S. citizen. His 1941 return to Canada, crossing at Buffalo,
 NY, is documented in the collection.
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