There will be a meeting of the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia tonight at the Akins A/V Room, Nova Scotia Archives, 6016 University Avenue, Halifax, NS at 7:30 when Irene Schofield, GANS Programme Convener, will talk about the Canadian Census and The 1940 National Registration.
She will show us samples of the information that can be found for your ancestors.
Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!
Ancestry.ca has taken the records from Nova Scotia Archives and under agreement with the archives, have put them online.
The Non-Census Records in the Collection Nova Scotia Poll Tax Rolls, 1791–1793. The index includes the name and location for each person. Records in this collection are from the following counties -
The tax records are from the Gideon White Family Papers. Gideon White was a loyalist from Massachusetts who moved to Shelburne, Nova Scotia, after the American Revolution. He served as tax collector for a time, and tax records for the years 1786–1787 are included in the collection.
The tax records provide names and addresses of Shelburne taxpayers, occupations, and county and poor taxes owed.
More 1921 census records have been added to Dwayne Meisner’s Nova
Some of them are -
Bill Bruhm has transcribed the 1921 census for several areas in
The areas are Northfield, which also includes West Northfield,
Cookville, Lower and Upper Northwest, Pine Hurst. He has also transcribed
the Chester Asylum, County Asylum, and the Indian Reserves.
In Halifax County, the following areas have been transcribed –
Lawrencetown, County Jail, City Prison, Sable Island Portuguese
Cove in Halifax County, Ketch Harbour, Chebucto Head, Duncan Cove, Bedford
Basin, Rockingham, Mount Saint Vincent, Hammond's Plains, as well as a few
names from Fairview.
Tom Downing has transcribed the census for Seal Harbour in
County. The census also includes Drum Head, Coddles Harbour
Alan Dinn has transcribed the 1921 census for Clementsport in
Wendy Morash has transcribed the 1921 census for Peggy's Cove in
County. The census also includes Hackett's Cove, Glen Margaret and Indian
There are other areas that have been transcribed, and he adds to the site daily, so check it often.
Brown, Senior Consultant with Ancestry.ca, has written to me to make
sure that everyone understands that -
“Under the terms of the partnership with
Library and Archives Canada, Canadians will be able to access the 1921 Census
of Canada images free of charge through the Ancestry.ca website. If you
currently do not have an account or registered login with Ancestry.ca, you will
be prompted to register (for free) to access the images. Registration requires
the entry of a name and email address only. As the images are free for
Canadians only, those attempting to access the 1921 Census via the other sites
(ie: Ancestry.com, Ancestry.co.uk, etc…), will be prompted to sign up for a
14-day free trial”.
Meanwhile, how is
everyone finding the census? Is it easy to work with? Any problems?
I have heard from
some people that the census itself is rather “marked up” and some writing is difficult
to read, and that the names are difficult to decipher.
Other people have said
that they have had no problems, everything has gone as planned, and that they found
the people they were looking for, without delay.
Remember, the "every name index" will be available
in 2 -3 months on Ancestry.ca
Library and Archives Canada has updated the 1851 (1852) census.
1851 Census marked the second collection of statistics for the Province of
Canada (consisting of Canada West and Canada East). Information was also
collected for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
addition to searching by geographical information such as province, district,
and sub-district, users can now also search by nominal information such as
name, given name(s) and age of an individual.
Canada East and Canada West, the census was supposed to have been taken in 1851,
but was actually take in January 1852.
So, in the Canada East and Canada West, it will be the age of the person's next birthday in 1852, not in 1851 (Column 6).
Also, in Canada East and Canada West, there was an urban and a rural census, and they asked different questions.
Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, the census was taken between June and December
you are having difficulty finding the person you are looking for in the 1851-1852
census, not all schedules survived.
In this notice received yesterday, here are
the 1842 Canadian Census for Canada West and Canada West -
and Archives Canada is pleased to announce that Canadians can now access the
Census of Canada West, 1842 as well as the Census of Canada East, 1842 online.
In 1841, Upper Canada was renamed Canada West, whereas Lower Canada became
Canada East. These two jurisdictions are now known as the provinces of Ontario
census is partly nominal and contains the names of heads of family, their
occupation and the number of residents for each family.
and Archives Canada is pleased to announce that Canadians can now access the
Census of Lower Canada, 1825 online. The Census of Lower Canada, 1825 is partly
nominal and therefore only contains the names of heads of family, their
occupation, and the number of residents for each family.
can search this new database by the names of heads of family, as well as by
geographical information such as district and sub-district names".
are available in JPG, and PDF, and there are 74,322 records.
The surname, given name(s), occupation, number of residents (classed by
age – not name or relationship to head of the household), district name, sub-district name, volume
number, page number, microfilm, and reference are listed in the census.
suggest a correction, click on the Suggest a Correction link to access an
This bit of positive news came from the LAC today -
Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce the release of a new version of the Census of Canada, 1911 database. This fifth general census covered the nine provinces and two territories that were then part of Confederation: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
Previously, users could search only by geographical information, such as province, district and sub-district. Now, they can also search by nominal information, such as the name, given name(s) and age of an individual.
I decided to look for my maternal grandfather Lester Blades in East Pubnico, Nova Scotia and he was there when I looked at the jpg of the census report. It was very easy to do. I just put his name in the search box, as well as the province of Nova Scotia. You should give this a try. You can either view it as a jpg or pdf – and it is FREE!
M. Diane Rogers of the blog CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt! has had an idea.
Why not a series of blog prompts on the 15th of each month?
She will be “blogging either about someone who lived in a certain Canadian province or territory, or about new or interesting resources for genealogy in a particular area of Canada, or about a special Canadian topic, like the long awaited release of the 1921 Canadian census in June.
I hope to be supporting indexing of this at a Canadian site like AutomatedGenealogy.com right after Library and Archives Canada receives it”.
While she awaits for the census to be released, she has put on the blogging calendar the dates of March 11th, and the territory of the Yukon, and the second one will be the week of April 8th and the province of Alberta.
Gary Schroder, QFHS President, will give a talk on Sa turday, March 31st 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Quebec Family History Society Llibrary, 173 Cartier Avenue in Pointe-Claire.
The purpose of this seminar will be to A) examine the basic structures of family history research in England, Civil Registration of BMD's 1837-2005, Censuses 1841-1911, Wills 1858-2011, etc., and B) examine how to find your ancestors for the period prior to 1837 and how to make the best use of the English databases to found to be found on Ancestry and other commercial websites.
Reservations are necessary: call 514.695.1502, or you can visit the society online at http://www.qfhs.ca/. The fee $30.00.
A press release was received from Christine Woodcock the other day, and it says -
"Christine Woodcock will be giving a talk at the Kitchener Public Library (Country Hills Branch) on Monday, March 19th at 6:30 pm.
Her talk will center around the Statutory Records, Old Parish Registers, The Scottish Naming Pattern, Irregular Marriages, Making Use of the Census Records, and other useful resources including online resources, local resources, and more.
Admission is free (being Scottish, this is always my favourite price!) but you are asked to call the library ahead of time to register (519-743-3558). This will also help us to ensure we have enough hand-outs for everyone.
The 1891 Census was taken in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and the Northwest Territories (which, at the time, covered modern-day Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northern Manitoba, Northern Ontario, Northern Quebec, Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut).
The census was taken on April 5th, 1891, and very little change was made to the collection of the data from previous censuses. Information was gathered for 4,833,329 individuals in 1891.
Unfortunately, only Schedule I remains (a nominal list of the people in the country) - all of the other schedules (there were 8) were destroyed - and only Schedule I was microfilmed.
It's hard to believe, but the Canada Genealogy Centre (GCG) is already five years old!
It was on March 29, 2003——a cold windy Saturday——that I bundled up and went out to Nepean (now Ottawa) to see the launch of a new genealogy site at the Library and Archives Canada (LAC).
The first site was 93 pages long, and by June 5, 2004, the number of pages had increased to over 300 pages.
Today, there are 20 databases online, the two newest being the Chinese Immigration List and the 1881 Census.
In fact, it is so popular that it is the second-leading website among the federal government sites - a close second to the weather website!
The top four databases, in terms of hits, are Immigration (1925-1935), Western Land Grants, the Soldiers of the First World War, and the 1871 Census.
They also have online "That's My Family", developed in partnership with the Bibliotheque et Archives nationales du Quebec and Ancester Search.
According to John Reid's blog, the hardcopy of the 1916 Census for the Western Provinces has just arrived at the LAC, and is now in the CGC Microfilm Consultation Room. The index of the census is being done by Ancestry.com.
These days, 60 percent of visits to the LAC are to the CGC.
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The booklet, “The War of 1812: Canada and the United States”, gives a synopsis of the causes of the War, and details the battles that took place (who, where, and when), and which included British forces, Blacks, and Aboriginal warriors who fought on both sides of the conflict.
Booklet #2 – Migration: Canada and the United States
These headings offer good examples of those who came to Canada, or of Canadians who left for the U.S, and why. The booklet gives a synopsis of what records to look for, the books written on the subject, where to find online resources, and a bonus list of some famous Canadians who migrated to the U.S.