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From: Sue Swiggum <>
Subject: Re: [TSL] From England to Canada WW1
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2005 22:37:22 -0300
At 11:04 AM 2005-08-30 -0600, Jeanette Pentland wrote:
>I am hoping one of you great people can give me a hand. I am looking for
>the ship my husband's great-grandfather Joseph Herbert Nelson (b. 18 May
>1877 County of Lancaster, England) came to Canada on from England. He was
>a prison guard in the Military and may or may not have travelled with his
>wife Matilda (nee Bridgwood b. 6 Sept 1881 Pattingham, England) and sons
>Harry (b. 6 Dec 1909 Keswick, England) and Richard (abt 1914).
>Thanks in advance for any help you could offer.
I've been thinking how you might narrow your search, but I'm not coming up
with much. I checked
ArchiviaNet http://www.collectionscanada.ca/02/0201_e.html to see if
there is an online database you might access, but I don't see anything and
a search of Government Records for Nelson Joseph (keywords) didn't bear
fruit . . some RCMP records for Nelson, but I think they were prisonors
rather than guards . . don't even know if he followed that profession in
Canada. There is no census available post 1911, so that doesn't help either.
I wondered about school records for Harry . . . you might look here
You will have to do pretty much what most of us have had to resort to . . .
reading microfilm. I would suggest starting with the first known date in
Canada and working backwards. You are in luck though as the Calgary Public
Library have copies of the microfilms you need to read. The Quebec films
are the most likely, but if they travelled during mid-November to end
April, then either Halifax or St. John records would come into play. Look
for ships with a Liverpool departure.
It would not be unusual for Joseph Herbert to precede the family, by
months, or even a year, so he could find a home and get settled before the