Citizenship and Naturalization Records

From 1763 until the Canadian Citizenship Act came into force on January 1, 1947, people born in Canada were all British subjects. Since immigrants born in Great Britain and the Commonwealth were already British subjects, they had no need to become naturalized or to obtain British citizenship in Canada.

A number of earlier laws governed naturalization before 1947. Under these acts, aliens could petition for naturalization. If successful, they would swear allegiance to the British sovereign and would be granted the rights of someone born within the British Empire. These acts include:

  • The Local Act also known as Law of Naturalization and Allegiance implemented on May 22, 1868.
  • The Naturalization and Aliens Act of 1881 by which the Secretary of State was empowered to issue naturalization certificates to government employees. All other requests for naturalization were handled by provincial courts.
  • The Naturalization Act of 1914 which gave full responsibility for the issuance of naturalization certificates to the federal Department of Citizenship and Immigration, implemented in 1916.

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How to Open a LDS Account

Family History Centers (FHCs) are units of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). There are more than 4,800 FHCs in 134 countries. The centers supply resources for research and study of genealogy and family history. In the Toronto area there are two FHCs. You do not have to be a member of the church to use the Family History Center’s facilities. It operates much like a public library and is open to the public. However, you must call the local FHC beforehand to let the volunteer staffers know that you wish to use their facilities. Their hours are set by times convenient for their volunteers—so you must determine the dates and times the FHC is open. Continue reading


Step One: Locate their birthplace.—What if your ancestors came from a small town or village and you don’t know the exact name of that town? This information is vital to your research. You can’t write to Ukraine for civil or church records unless you know exactly where your ancestor(s) lived. If you don’t have a relative who can direct you but your ancestor died in Canada, then they would have left a “paper trail.” This you can search for their town of origin. There are a number of documents, which may reveal the name of the village/town, such as their: Naturalization papers,  Marriage Records, Death Records,  Church Records, Cemetery Records and Funeral Home Records

Step Two: Locate the village/Town in a Gazetteer—Once you know the exact name of their town, then you can consult a Gazetteer. This will tell the Continue reading

Tiny Device Allows You To Track Your Car Using Your Smartphone

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With Over 5 Million Units Sold Worldwide, This is The Most Affordable Solution to Find Your Lost Items!

Have you ever lost your car on a parking lot? It happens. You park and go shopping. When you get back, you don’t have a clue where your car is. Then you start roaming around clicking on the panic button on your car keys so the alarm goes off. It can be frustrating, especially on a hot, sunny day.

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Can you find your ancestors in Poland?

We thank Ernie Chorny for submitting the following article.

After World War II the Polish and Soviet governments put in place a policy to relocate Poles from Western Ukraine to Poland and simultaneously relocate Ukrainians from Polish territory to Ukraine.

Since theoretically there would not be any Poles in Ukraine it was decided to also move the Roman Catholic church records to Poland. While the church records listed marriage, birth and death information for Roman Catholics, they also included information on Greek Catholics where intermarriage had occurred between people of these two faiths. Thus in the case of a Greek Catholic Ukrainian man marrying a Roman Catholic woman, the marriage would be recorded in the Roman Catholic books. Conversely if a Roman Catholic man married a Greek Catholic woman, the record would be in the Greek Catholic books. No doubt there were exceptions to these rules. Continue reading

The Top Five Online Scams and How to Avoid Them

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We’ve all come across content that seems to good to be true in our Web surfing travels. How can you be sure what you’re looking at is the real deal? If you’re concerned about your safety on the Web (and who isn’t), then you’ll want to learn how to spot the fakes, the phonies, and the downright silly before you get Continue reading

22 Ways to Adjust Privacy Settings In Facebook

Keep Facebook Safe By Changing Your Privacy Settings

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Uncovered for you are 22 privacy settings you can change to keep your private information safe when networking on Facebook. When you join a site like Facebook you take the chance of letting your private information run wild. By adjusting your privacy settings you’ll find that the Internet can be a safe, and very fun, place. Continue reading

How to Block Searches Of Your Facebook Profile

Limit Facebook searches of your personal information

Facebook is the most popular social networking site on the Web today, with literally hundreds of millions of users. People from all over the world use Facebook to reconnect with friends and find new ones. However, many people are (understandably) concerned about their private information, such as addresses,phone numbers, family photos, and workplace info, being made available to anyone who clicks on their Facebook user profile. Continue reading

Can You Stalk-proof Your Facebook Profile?

Ok, maybe not stalk-proof, but at least stalker-resistant

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We’ve all done it. We’ve all tried to look up someone we’re not friends with on Facebook to see what kind of information we can learn about them. There are, however, people out there that do this a lot and have intentions that go beyond curiosity and enter the dark area of obsession. Continue reading

Facing Trump-Putin axis, Ukraine turns to a white knight — Chrystia Freeland

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Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s new foreign affairs minister is descendant of Ukrainians and fierce critic of Vladimir Putin’s wars

Seen from Ukraine, the news from North America at the beginning of the year was promising.

Chrystia Freeland was sworn in as Canada’s new minister of foreign affairs on Jan. 10.

She is the proud descendant of Ukrainians and a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s wars in Ukraine and his annexation of Crimea in 2014. She has written of his “revanchist policy” and called his characterization of Ukrainians as dupes of NATO, even neo-Nazis, “his most dramatic resort to the Soviet tactic of the Big Lie.” Continue reading