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 Ancestry.ca exclusive right to host the images. The images will be available for free, but only to Canadian residents and only on the Ancestry.ca 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
I 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 http://goo.gl/3kpRg.) 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 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 http://www.eogn.com.
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).
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