World first: 1891 Canadian national census launches online -

    4.5 million names fully searchable in both English and French + original
    document images

    TORONTO, July 22 /CNW/ - Canadian family history website
today launched online for the first time the 1891 Census of Canada, which
contains 4.5 million searchable names and 90,000 images of original census
pages. Included is information from all then-existing Canadian provinces and
    Fully indexed and searchable in both English and French, the Census
includes such famous names as Sir Sanford Fleming, William Hall, Thomas
Ahearn, William Southam and Max Aitken. (original images available)
    The Census was taken on the 6th of April 1891 in both English and French
by 4,300 enumerators.
    Family and social history enthusiasts can search the collection by name,
province and district, age, gender, marital status, relation to head of
family, country or province of birth, French-Canadian status, mother's and
father's birth place, religion and occupation.
    Also included is more general demographic information from this period
such as the population's ability to read and write, those with disabilities,
the nature and construction of the home, and even the number of rooms
contained in common dwellings.
    In addition to recording basic population and demographic statistics, the
Census recorded primary migrant communities, which originated from England,
Ireland, Scotland, the U.S. and Germany.
    A valuable source of historical information for those with an interest in
family and social history, the original copy of the 1891 Census of Canada is
held at the Library and Archives Canada.
    (*) Senior Vice President Josh Hanna comments: "The 1891 Census
of Canada is a vital resource for casual and avid family history enthusiasts
alike as it provides a detailed snapshot into a specific time in Canada's
    "This Census successfully measured the majority of Canada's population at
this time and so is a rich source of important information about individuals,
their families, and the society in which they lived."
    Not only can family history enthusiasts use the 1891 Census of Canada to
trace their lineage back to ancestors who lived during this time, but they can
also see if they are related to revered Canadians also included, such as:

    -   Sir Sanford Fleming - prolific engineer and inventor, known for the
        introduction of Universal Standard Time and Canada's postage stamp.
        In 1891 he was 61 years old living in Ottawa, Ontario with his wife
        and four children.
    -   William Hall - the first seaman, and also the first man of colour to
        be the recipient of the prestigious Victoria Cross. At the time of
        the 1891 Census he was 61 years old and living in Avonport, Nova
    -   Thomas Ahearn - inventor and electrician who invented the electric
        cooking range and was the first person to cook a meal on an electric
        stove. In 1891 he was living in Ottawa, Ontario with his two
    -   Max Aitken - famous business tycoon, politician and writer. In 1891
        he was 11 years old, living with his parents and his seven siblings
        in New Castle, New Brunswick.

    While many statistics from the end of the 19th Century are not
surprising, such as the fact the most common surname in 1891 was Smith and the
most popular first names Mary and William, some unexpected facts are also
revealed. For example, the population of Prince Edward Island actually
decreased by about 22 per cent from the 1891 Census to the 2006 Census.
    The 1891 Census of Canada is available to subscribers and
through a 14-day Free Trial.


    The Generations Network Inc. acquired the online rights to the 1891
Census of Canada from the Library and Archives of Canada (LAC) in Ottawa,
Ontario. The collection consists of 139 rolls of microfilm of 4.5 million
names and 90,000 images of historical records. The 1891 Census of Canada was
taken on the 6th of April 1891. The Census records were originally created for
statistical analysis for authorities of that time, but now hold important
significance for family history researchers.

    ABOUT ANCESTRY.CA was launched in January 2006 and has 400 million Canadian
names in such collections as the 1851, 1901, 1906 and 1911 Censuses of Canada,
Ontario and British Columbia Vital Records from as early as 1813, The Drouin
Collection, 1621-1957 and U.S. / Canada Border Crossings from 1895 to 1956.
    (*) is part of the global network of Ancestry websites (wholly
owned by The Generations Network Inc), which contains seven billion names in
its historical record collections. To date more than 6.6 million family trees
have been created and 630 million names and 9.8 million photographs uploaded.
In 2007, 15 million unique visitors logged on to an Ancestry website.
    The Ancestry global network of family history websites -
in Canada, in the UK, in Australia, in the US, in Germany, in
Italy, in France and in Sweden.

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