Saturday, May 13, 2006

Library and Archives Canada has announced the launch of the Census of 1851 (Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia). By 1851, the pattern of decennial census taking had been established. Searchable by geographic location, the 1851 Census offers a rich source of information about Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in the middle of the 19th century. The digital images within this database are copies of the original microfilm records held by Library and Archives Canada, and are searchable by geographic location only. There are limitations: not all geographic places are covered, and the database is not searchable by family name. Still, the data here can be used to prepare family histories where the family's location is known, and forms an essential base for the history of towns and villages, research immigration trends and a great deal more. Check it out at: