Column: Why is there no hoopla for the release of the 1921 Census?

Between today and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin

Thursday: The Western Star (Corner Brook)

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Title: Why is there no hoopla for the release of the 1921 Census?

Snippet: For the past several months I—and many others—have been waiting patiently for the release of the 1921 Canada Census. Statistics Canada transferred the historical microfilm to Library and Archives Canada (LAC) on June 1, 2013. The knowledge of this created an exciting buzz in the genealogy community. The census was one step closer to our fingertips.

Shortly after June 1st, chatter began about when the public would gain access to the digital images. A rumour here and a rumour there turned into news of a delay by the federal government. The genealogy community across the country began swapping information and soon a petition to have the census released sooner rather than later was created. Still, there was no official statement provided from LAC of when the census would be released to the public.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

NOTE: I am in the midst of transcribing and indexing the 1921 Canada Census for Liscomb PD, NS, containing the following communities: Liscomb Mills, West Liscomb, Spanish Ship Bay, Liscomb and Little Liscomb. To date I have completed 8 of 10 pages. You can view this material here.

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3 thoughts on “Column: Why is there no hoopla for the release of the 1921 Census?

  1. Hi Diane
    I read your column weekly in the Western Star, Corner Brook, NL. I was interested in viewing the Canadian 1921 Census but when I go to the ancestry.ca site they want credit card info to the total of $120 bucks, contrary to what you say in your column. Is there any other way to access the 1921 Census free of charge?
    Bill

    • I answered Bill in an email message. I asked him to double check to make sure he was using Ancestry.ca not Ancestry.com. Only Canadians can access the 1921 Census for free. Has anyone else had this problem.

  2. Hi again Diane,

    I have to apologize. I was on the ancestry.ca site but I think I may have clicked on the ”14 day free trial” tab. Everything is ok now. I just went on and everything is there.

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