Panama Canal Zone

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United States > Former Territories > Panama Canal Zone

Panama was not a typical American territory. From 1903 to 1979 the Panama Canal Zone was  was an unincoporated territory leased from Panama under the Hay-Bunau-Varilla treaty. From 1979-1999 it was jointly administered by the United States and Panama.[1] At least two United States federal censuses were taken in this territory.[2]

To see a deeper reference on research in Panama, see the Panama article.

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  1. "Panama Canal Zone," Wikipedia ( accessed 18 August 2008).
  2. "Panama Canal Zone Records," FamilySearch Wiki ( : accessed 18 August 2008).