Arts & Culture April 7, 2017

Learn about your family history for FREE at Pier 21

Between the years of 1928 to 1971, over one million immigrants arrived at Halifax’s Pier 21. Some new arrivals chose to stay in the area, while many others voyaged across North America – settling in places they’d probably never heard of before arriving on this side of the Atlantic.

Do you know when your family arrived in Canada or what path they took to arrive in Canada? The Scotiabank Family History Centre is here to help!

Located on the ground level of Pier 21, The Scotiabank Family History Centre is a FREE reference service to help you trace your own family immigration story. Unable to make it to the museum? You can get started with search right away with an online research request!

Not limited to just those who arrived in North America at Pier 21, the Scotiabank Family History Centre houses information on “migration, nautical history, waves of immigration to Canada, ethnic groups and genealogy.” Immigration records are available on microfilm from 1925 to 1935, with the Family History Centre staff having access to arrival records dating back to 1865. The onsite research experts are able to search U.S seaports, including Boston and New York, to give you a comprehensive look at North American immigration arrivals.

Copies of any records can be purchased for $15.00 each. Clip-framed, customized ship images can be purchased for $20.00.

Are you interested in learning more about your family’s journey to Canada? Visit the Scotiabank Family History Centre at Pier 21. Accessing the searchable database, as well as getting general and genealogical inquiries is free of charge.

Learn more on the Pier 21 website.