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Trace Your Roots at the Scotiabank Family History Centre

Every visitor who enters the Scotiabank Family History Centre is greeted by a knowledgeable and experienced staff member ready to help them with their research.

But responses staff often hear run the gamut from “oh, I was just curious, but I don’t think I have enough information” to “they arrived through Quebec City so you wouldn’t have anything for me here."

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A Taste of Something New: Adapting to Food in a New Country

Settling in a new country may pose many challenges for immigrants

There are language barriers, cultural differences and, often, difficulties getting accustomed to the climate, to name only a few. Though there are countless other adjustments we may discuss relating to immigration, one important and certainly relatable challenge is adapting to new and unfamiliar foods.

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Borders, Groups, Statistics: Researching Immigrant Arrival at Pier 21

How do I find a passenger list? Is there a ledger? What if my ancestor came from a country that no longer exists? While the Scotiabank Family History Centre at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 does not physically hold documentation pertaining to immigrant arrival, it has access to a large number of passenger lists, ship manifests, immigration records on microfilm, and information on all ports of entry into Canada. There remain some misconceptions about the nature of these materials.

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