The list bears the names of Canadian-born Chinese who registered with the government as required by the Chinese Immigration Act of 1923. Designed to curtail Chinese immigration to Canada, the act joined a procession of laws levying head taxes on Chinese immigrants. The regulations were finally lifted in 1947.
The wiki contains transcribed information on 461 people recorded on the list, covering the years from Won Alexander Cumyows birth in 1861 to Lee Kang Gees birth in 1900 (both were born in British Columbia, where most of Canada’s Chinese residents lived).
Researchers with more details on any of the 461 individuals can help build their profilessee the Participate page to get started.
You can search 98,361 names from Canada’s General Registers of Chinese Immigration at the online Canadian Genealogy Center.
See the May 2009 Family Tree Magazine (now mailing to subscribers; on sale March 10) for more help researching immigrants to Canada from all over the world.