16 February 2007

Canada: records for immigrants from Tsarist Russia

The Library and Archives Canada has announced the completion of the Likacheff-Ragosine-Mathers (LI-RA-MA) collection database.

The consular offices of the Tsarist Russian Empire in Canada generated these files from from 1898-1922. They include about 11,400 files of Jewish, Ukrainian and Finnish immigrants to Canada from the Russian Empire.

Files include passport applications, identity papers and questionnaires containing general information. Since the database was first released in October 2006, an additional 35,000 digitized images have been added - the total is now 55,000.

To see the collection, click here. Click the left-hand "Search" link to access the database.

LI-RI-MA is only one of several databases in the organization's "Moving Here, Staying Here" project. For the complete list, click here.

Readers who wish more information may email the project panager at webservices@lac-bac.gc.ca.

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