Sunday, May 14, 2006

Canadian Census of 1851

I was pleased to learn today that the Canadian Census of 1851 has been placed online by Library and Archives Canada. The returns are not searchable by name, but are arranged by province, district, and sub-district (ward, town, village, or parish). Browse for sub-districts here, or do a geographic search here. (Use the Atlas of Canada to locate unfamiliar places.) Each census image is delivered as a PDF file, and those I viewed today were very legible. The lack of a nominal index requires some extra work on the genealogist's part, but this makes positive results all the more rewarding.

[hat tip: EOGN]