Canadian 1921 CensusThis BIG, BIG genealogy news that’s making it’s way through the grapevine today, is that have just (only a few hours ago) uploaded the images for the Canadian 1921 Census.

So if you’re like me have one ancestor who went to Canada, while the rest stayed in England, or emigrated to Australia, this could well be useful to you.

There are several things you’ll need to note. Even though you can browse these images for free, you will need to have an account. The second thing to note, is that at this stage you can view the images only as there is no index. One is coming but is going to be a few months away, but in the meantime, you can browse these census records by province, district, and sub-district.

This census contains detail of almost 8.8 million Canadians, and it was the most comprehensive one too, asking residents a total of 35 questions
– number of dwelling in order of visitation
– number of family, household, or institution in order of visitation
– name of each person whose place of abode was in the household
– place of habitation
– tenure and class of home (owned or rented, rent paid, class of house, house occupied by family)
– sex
– relationship of person enumerated to the head of household
– marital status (single, married, widowed, divorced, or legally separated)
– age at last birthday
– country or place of birth (if Canada, specify province or territory)
– country or place of birth for person’s father and mother
– year of immigration to Canada, if an immigrant
– year of naturalization, if formerly an alien
– racial or tribal origin
– nationality (country to which person owes allegiance)
– can speak English
– can speak French
– religion
– can read and write
– months at school since September 1, 1920
– chief occupation or trade
– employment other than chief occupation or trade, if any
Canadian 1921 Census - 1– employer, employee, worker, or working on own account
– principal product, where employed (e.g., ‘in drug store’, ‘on farm’, etc.), or nature of work
– total earnings in past 12 months
– currently out of work
– number of weeks unemployed in past 12 months
– number of weeks unemployed in past 12 months because of illness

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