Category Archives: Census

Canada 1921 Census Finally On-Line–Sort Of?

Canada – Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has finally announced the release of the Canada 1921 census. It turns out, however, by their own admission that LAC lacks the capability and resources to host the census images on their own website. Instead, LAC signed a contract with Ancestry that allows exclusive right to host the images. The images will be available for free, but only to Canadian residents and only on the website.

Ancestry is currently indexing the images and a name index is expected to be available within 2 to 3 months. Anyone wanting to search the Canada 1921 census by name will require an Ancestry subscription. Continue reading

Petition to Release the 1921 Canadian Census NOW

Petition to Release the 1921 Canadian Census NOW

1921-censusI have written several times about all the recent problems with the 1921 Canadian census. The time period for keeping it hidden has expired and the Canadian citizens expected those records to be released to the public before now. (You can see my earlier articles by starting at  The records reportedly have already been released Statistics Canada to Library and Archives Canada (LAC) for scanning and releasing to the public. However, there is no announced plan as to when the records will become available to the public, if ever.

To protest this action, Bill Robinson has created an online petition addressed to Continue reading

Breaking News – 1921 Census of Canada

Breaking News – 1921 Census of Canada Elizabeth Lapointe posted the following in her Genealogy Canada blog: “A reliable source from the LAC has just phoned me to ask that I inform my readers, genealogists, and others interested in their Canadian families, that the 1921 Canadian Census has already been digitized, and has been ready for release since last Wednesday, 12 June, but it is being held back by the federal government before it is released. “So if you want the census released NOW, it has been suggested that you write the Heritage Minister, The Honourable James Moore, and ask that the 1921 Canadian Census be released now.” Details, including contact information for Heritage Minister Moore, may be found in Elizabeth’s blog at

The following article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright 2013 by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at


More on 1921 Census Delay

The release of the 1921 Canada census has been delayed.  Taken on 1 June 1921, the census technically should have been released on 1 June 2013 to all Canadians (92 years later according to Canadian law).  Instead, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has announced the census will be released “in the next few weeks”.  No other details have been provided by LAC.

    The 1921 Canada census consists of 197,500 images of approximately 8.8 million people (8,788,483 individuals to be exact).

The Canada 1921 census asks many detailed questions that will be of interest to genealogists. Continue reading

1921 Census countdown!

Canadian laws dictate that the country’s census records must be kept private for 92 years. After that time, the records are transferred to Library and Archives Canada and will be opened for public use. That means that the census taken on June 1st, 1921, should be made transferred on June 1st, 2013. However,the census records will NOT be available to the public on that day.

The law stipulates that the records are to be transferred to Library and Archives Canada on that date and the records are to be made available. However, government personnel will require some time to receive the records, catalog, Continue reading

Updated 1901 Census

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has released an updated version of the 1901 census of Canada. This new version includes revisions to the database that were sent in by users over the last several months as well as revised district and sub-district information.

The 1901 Canada census was the fourth general census of Canada (1871, 1881, 1891 and then 1901). It covered the provinces and territories then in existence: Continue reading