Treasure Chest Thursday: Permit to Leave Canada


This is probably my favorite document I have from Dennis O’Connell because it really gives detailed information about him. From this document, I was able to learn that Dennis was 5′ 10″ tall, weighed 165 lbs., he had grey eyes, brown hair and he was a papermaker.

As for genealogical information, it tells me that he was a married man and has 3 children living. According to this document he was born in Granville, NY and is an American citizen by birth, but he has lived in Thorold for 3 months.

The picture of him was taken on the day he filled this out which is 15 Jan 1918. This document also has Dennis’ signature on it.

The backside of the document was stamped numerous times by the Canadian Immigration Inspector, these stamps gave Dennis the permission to leave Canada to visit Buffalo, NY from the time he signed the document in Jan 1918 until Jan 1919.



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  1. Sanjay, it is very interesting that they did ned the permit.

    Bill, as always, thanks for your dedication in reading. This is the only one I have seen and I am grateful to have the original copy!

    1. Kathleen, it was actually in a scrap book that my Grandfather had, the document was his father’s. The scrap book was passed to my Dad at the passing of his parents. It had suffered water damage and I took it home to put everything in a new scrap book. I have not done that yet, but I am getting everything scanned so that I will always have it, even when the papers fade away. My thought was to have shutterfly or some other company put it together in a hard bound book for me.

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