Yesterday, the president of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Shirley Sturdevant offered the opinion of the society on the release of the 1921 census. This was done by releasing a statement on their blog, entitled Library and Archives Canada and Ancestry Partnership Results in Release of 1921 Canadian Population Census.
- Was there no Canadian organization that could handle this?
- Is this deal exclusive to Ancestry?
- Has LAC given away its rights to use the digitized images later on their own web page, indexed or not?
- Might other organizations have access to the images and produce their own indexes as has been done successfully in the past, perhaps then making the information free to all?
- For how long will there be free access to the raw images or indexed information on the Ancestry.ca site?
- Is there a limit to the number of years Ancestry will have the sole rights before the census might appear elsewhere or is this material solely in their hands?
- What of access to the other census schedules?
- Why have the microfilms or images not been available at Library and Archives Canada until now?