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1921 Canadian census

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MargaretM Report 7 Aug 2013 21:42


NEWS ARTICLE: 1921 Census of Canada to be released online on Thursday August 8th

A source who is close to the action informs me that Library and Archives Canada "will release the 1921 Canadian Census tomorrow at around 2 pm, eastern time. It will be available, with the geographic index, free of charge


Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 7 Aug 2013 22:03

Thank you Margee.


Kathleen Report 8 Aug 2013 09:46

Thank you Margee,

That's great - and a nudge to keep it front page news


MaureeninNY Report 8 Aug 2013 13:45

How will we find it,I wonder??

Will there be an immediate link posted here:

(At least for once I'll know the actual time! ;-) Thanks,Margee!!)



AnotherCanuck Report 8 Aug 2013 16:23

Thanks Margee & nudging up :-)



PriscillaEmilywasMoonbeam Report 8 Aug 2013 19:51

The 1921 Canada Census is now available FREE for browsing on

It states that the entire index will be available for searching later this year.


mgnv Report 8 Aug 2013 20:11

Since it's a geographic index, the following might be handy:

The Toronto City Directory 1921


The Directory for Montréal and its suburbs
Annuaires Lovell de Montréal et sa banlieue (1842-1999)
The inner suburbs (Outremont & Westmount) are listed in with Montreal.

Although the directory itself is in English, it's a French site - but it's easy to navigate - the useful buttons are:
Début Start
[For clarification, suppose I'm looking at Wm Pulsford Slessor (my g grandad's cousin) in Lovell 1921-1922 Section Si page 10 de 23. Hitting the Début button will take me to the start of this section (Section Si page 1 de 23), not the start of the directory.]
Afficharge plein écran [gets of full screen view]
précédente Preceeding page
suivante Following page


mgnv Report 8 Aug 2013 21:41

Census of Canada 1921 Now Available to Researchers
Canadians can now browse the 1921 Census of the Canadian population, free of charge on

Researchers can explore the 197,529 pages of information through an index of districts and sub-districts. will also take the extra step of indexing 8.8 million names, addresses and other information for a searchable database, and developing advanced search tools to go along with it. Canadians will be required to pay for the extra convenience of doing advanced searches from their home. They will do this at their own cost, and will be offered a choice of free or paid access.

Free access will be possible in person at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and through hundreds of subscribing libraries across Canada.
Free access to raw census records will be available online.
Paid access will only be necessary if someone wants the extra convenience of doing advanced searches from home.
Individuals can make the most of their visit in Library and Archives Canada’s reading room in Ottawa by preparing in advance and consulting Preparing for a Visit or viewing the Orientation Services for Clients at 395 Wellington video or reading the blog post, The Top Five Things You Need to Know Before You Visit.

Canadians can access censuses taken before 1921 on Library and Archives Canada’s Census webpage.


Jean Report 9 Aug 2013 12:24

Thanks for this,

Does anyone know how I can find which ward St.Clarens Avenue Toronto is in ?

thank you


PriscillaEmilywasMoonbeam Report 9 Aug 2013 15:22


You'll find St. Clarens Avenue Toronto in the Parkdale District of the Province of Ontario, Sub-Districts 058, 059, 060 and 061.


Jean Report 9 Aug 2013 15:26

Thank you very much Moonbeam,



Amanda, Report 9 Aug 2013 21:49

Does anyone know which District Biggar in Saskatoon comes under?

Kind regards


PriscillaEmilywasMoonbeam Report 9 Aug 2013 22:04


Select the Province of Saskatchewan, District Saskatoon. Then if you scroll down the page you will come to Sub-District 33 which is the Town of Biggar .


Amanda, Report 9 Aug 2013 22:10


Thank you so very very much, am off to see my Dad listed with his parents for the first time, and hopefully Great Granddad who as there as well.

Kind regards Amanda xx


GlasgowLass Report 9 Aug 2013 22:45

Many thanks
Using your wonderful directory link, I found the entry that I was looking for in Montreal 1921, which means I have an address.
Jos Stewart, 3210 Greenshields Ave

However, using the link to the 1921 census of Quebec, Montreal is not on the drop down list.

Got any ideas?


PriscillaEmilywasMoonbeam Report 10 Aug 2013 06:06


Here are some of the Montreal Districts:

Georges-Etienne Cartier
Jacques Cartier - Lachine
St. Antoine, Montreal
St. Denis, Montreal
St. Jacques
St. Lawrence - St. George
Ste. Anne, Montreal
Ste. Marie
Westmount-St. Henri

If you click on the district names you will see the sub-districts and wards. I'm not sure if I have them all.

It would be helpful if there was a map available showing the location of the districts like there is for the 1911. Maybe there is one on Canada Archives but I haven't yet been able to find it.


GlasgowLass Report 10 Aug 2013 11:25

Thanks Moonbeam,
I will keep looking.
Unfortunately, this family only moved to Canada in 1915
The address on the 1921 directory is correct as it matches with various travel documents for wider family members


Mistycat Report 10 Aug 2013 17:08

Thank you for info on this thread...

I cannot get my head round it at all...

In 1911 my lot were living in Ceder Cottage area of Vancouver, District 12, Sub District 55 South as I might, I cannot find anything to tally with this info (its prob right under my nose !!)

Please could someone point me in the right direction....

Misty x


mgnv Report 10 Aug 2013 17:15

Here's the 1895 ed:

Lovell (editted) says:
Greenshields Ave
from 335 Beaumont Ave, N to Blvd Cromazie, Ahuntzic-Bordeaux ward.
3208 Stewart Wm ********************
3210 Stewart Jos *******************
Hopper Ave (312) intersects
Ogilvie Ave (304) intersects
Abraham Ave intersects
3518 Greenshields Ave School
Ave Anvers intersects
Blair Ave intersects
Dickson Ave intersects
Howard Ave intersects
[Blvd Cromazie is parallel to, and immediately adjacent to, Autoroute Metropolitain - the Montreal section of the freeway between Ottawa and Trois-Rivieres/Quebec City.]
[Greenshields seems to be renamed now as Ave de l'Epee, but the Greenshields name is preserved as a stubby little cross street bordering Athena Park on Jean-Talon Street West.
It seems all the neighbouring streets parallel to the old Greenshields were renamed so they now look like continuations of the older-named Outremont streets that got interupted by the railroad tracks.]

Street directions are a bit problematic for Montreal.
The Ile de Montreal is banana shaped, with one end pointing N and the other end pointing W.
In the centre, like around Outremont, streets don't really run S-N, but more like SE-NW.


My guess was Laurier-Outrement - shows Greenshields as jus NW of Outremont.
I skimmed thru the Laurier bits - I think the NE boundary of Outremont runs down the middle of Hutchison - they seem to coverthe bit NE of Outremont up to, but excluding, St Denis. They cover up to the 3200s
Maybe the Outremont bits of Laurier-Outrement reach NW a couple of blocks.

You'ld realize this yourelf, eventually, but the Ancestry image # is at centre bottom - you can click on the number, type in a new one, then hit enter.
Sometimes, I just couldn't make out a street name, although the person was clear.
So here, the alphabetical part of Lovell was helpful.
I confirmed this by now looking up in the street bit of Lovell, and seeing a few neighbours, and am now forewarned of likely cross streets, as well as being able to locate the block of whetever street on a modern map (the area seems to be renumbered now).


mgnv Report 11 Aug 2013 03:12

Incidentally, if you're a member of CAA (or AAA for those benighted souls in NY) - they give out free road and city maps - on the West coast, we can only get a map of, say, Atlantic Provinces & Quebec, or Montreal. or New England (CT, MA, RI, ME, NH, VT). I know if I go to the CAA offices in these places, I can get better local maps, say St John's for just one map for NL with town plans on back - presumably in QC, I could have gotten a map showing the outer suburbs of Montreal - mine stops in the middle of Ile Jesus, so has most of Laval, but nothing from the northern St Lawrence Shore. Most maps available most offices cover 1-2 provinces/states, like BC/AB, ON, TX, CA, OR/WA,