Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Ancestry.ca Releases 1891 Canadian Census

I remember it well (because I was there at the 2007 Ontario Genealogical Society Conference in Ottawa) when Tom Sullivan from My Generations.com and the people from the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) said that they had just formed a partnership to share information.

I waited to see what they would put on Ancestry.ca, and late last year, the Drouin Collection appeared, and then some of the U.S./Canada Border Crossings came on board, and now the (searchable) 1891 Canadian Census has been published online.

Taken on April 6th, 1891, the 1891 census contains 4.5 million searchable names and 90,000 images of the original census pages.

Some of the information (online) of each person in the household is -
  • name of each person in family or household on April 6, 1891
  • relation to head of family or head of household
  • sex
  • age
  • martial status (single, married, widowed, or divorced)
  • country or province of birth
The areas covered in Canada in 1891 are British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and the Territories.

The census itself was handed over to the LAC in 1985. If you want to find out more about it, you can go to the Canadian Genealogy Centre or pay a visit to the Centre itself and view microfim numbers T-6290 to T-6427 to see it for yourself.

The 1891 Census of Canada is available to Ancestry.ca subscribers, or through a 14-day free trial.