Yes, I know this blog is mainly about southern research, but with the increased use of transcontinental trains and eventually cars came a myriad of migration possibilities for our ancestors. Many of us in the US and beyond have some connection with Canada, and knowing how to do research there is critical. Where do we often start in our American research? Why, the census, of course! The same is true in Canada. That said, I am pleased to report that the long-awaited release of the 1921 Canada census will be on June 1, 2013. I can hardly wait!
As with the United States, the census was taken in Canada every 10 years, but unlike the US, the Canada census fell during the years ending with “1”: 1851, 1861, and so on, up to 1911. In some of the provinces, particularly in the west, there were extra censuses taken during those in-between years such as 1906 and 1916. These have been released; however, Canada’s privacy laws are stricter than ours and require a lapse of 92 years between the time of the census and its release. So much migration was occuring in the early 20th century with the advent of the “motor car” and the industrial age with its increasingly urban lifestyles; it can be a challenge to track ancestors with all of this moving around! Sometimes my research leads me to Canada’s records, but finding anything after 1916 to “connect the dots” is tough. So, after a long and somewhat impatient wait, I know what I will be doing on the computer next June!