Showing posts with label 1871 Canada Census. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1871 Canada Census. Show all posts

Monday, September 5, 2011

New/Improved Canadian Websites and Blogs - Week 1

A weekly listing of some of the Canadian websites and blogs that I have come across the week ending Sept 4th, 2011.

The Oram Family Tree — This Oram family is thought to have originated in Wiltshire, UK. Some members have appeared to have gone to Canada.

The New Auty Genealogy Site — AUTY, AWTY, AUTIE, AUTTIE, AUTEY, AUTTY, AUTTEE surnames covering England, New Zealand, Australia, USA, and Canada.

Roots Cape Breton Genealogy & Family History Centre — Roots Cape Breton is a computer-assisted research service for those in search of their Cape Breton roots. $

Directory of Oxford County 1857-1858 — Online searchable directory of residents and businesses of Oxford County, Ontario 1857-1858. I wrote a blog posting on this site -

Ontario (Upper Canada) County Directories http://www.ontariogenealogy.comontariocountydirectories.html

The FERGUSON Connection - A Family History — The FERGUSON, FIELDS, and related families are included from all over the Unites States, and some from Canada.

Quebec Genealogy Pointers - ManyRoads — Mark Rabideau writes about French Canada, and the Rabideau – Henss histories & Genealogy.

Canada Lands Survey System — Canada Lands in Google Earth including Indian Reserves, National Parks, and the territories.

Canadian Military Research and Genealogy — A bilingual (French/English) website which can help research your military ancestors.

RIVETTE Family Genealogy Follow the Acadian family through New Brunswick, and other Acadian settlements in Canada.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Canadian Census of Industrial Establishments - 1871

After 25 years of studying and working with the 1871 Canada Census, Elizabeth and Gerald Bloomfield of Guelph, Ontario have released the Canadian Census of Industrial Establishments.

They have digitized the industrial census from the 1871 Census of Canada - the only detailed industrial census returns to survive so completely from the nineteenth century. More than 45, 000 industrial establishments are put into databases on the website <>.

The website provides information for the four provinces - New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Ontario - covered in the 1871 Canadian Census.

I have checked the website and thre are the divisions which cover the businesses themselves, the people who were involved with the business, power (whether it be water, etc.), and the places where the businesses were located.

I discovered that a number of business in Shelburne and Kentville, Nova Scotia where my ancestors are from are mentioned, and I doubt that I would have ever taken the time to look them up on my own - now they are indexed by the Bloomfields!

There are barrel makers and shipbuilding companies that one would expect to find in a seaside town like Shelburne and businesses like agriculture in Kentville, a farming town in 1871. What this census does is that it presents a picture of the town that can help you place your relatives within the industrial mieu of the time.

And it can also provide material for the study of the technology, business and work organization of industrial activity, and the history of families, businesses and communities in 19th century Canada.

Well worth the visit, since it is the first time it has been done on such a large scale, and it does give a snapshot of industrial development in Canada in 1871.