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Re: William Corner and Helen Gordon
Posted by: Thom Corner Date: May 26, 2001 at 16:45:47
In Reply to: Re: William Corner and Helen Gordon by Gord Corner of 381

Gord:

I'm really not sure how you could do this. The same website that I referred to before permits other searches, but I can't say with confidence that you will be able to retrieve this information from the Government of Canada.

Complicating matters further was the relative ease with which British subjects at the time were naturalized as Canadians and the relative ease with which Canadians and Americans passed over the borders.

One way of finding out when the brothers were living in Canada is through the listings in city directories; however, if Hunter was fairly transient (as you might expect from a prospector), or if he was in rural areas, he may not be that easy to locate. I don't know where you are situated or what kind of access you have. In my own experience, I have been able to trace (to some extent) the comings and goings of my own ancestors in Hamilton and Toronto through the city directories and telephone directories (at the Ontario provincial archives). I don't know what facilities exist in British Columbia or the rest of western Canada, but if you are able to access information you at least have the advantage of a smaller population base in which to conduct your search. The point of trying to locate them (Hunter and whichever brother you said came to Canada, and possibly their parents) is to try to narrow down the time frame in which he might have taken citizenship (assuming he bothered to do so). Good luck with your search.

By the way, do you have any idea where your ancestors lived before they were in Scotland? My gg grandfather's brother's descendant (whom I met recently) has remarked that he thinks all the Corners might have once been related, and I've recently corresponded with other Corner descendants around a shared family legend. I won't mention the details unless and until you respond to this question so as not to influence any answer you might provide.

Thom


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