Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Next Step: 1901 & 1911 Census

Using a search engine (Google, Bing, Metacrawler...) I inputted ancestors names, areas where I knew they settled and to my surprise the outcome was overwhelming.

The resources that appeared on my computer screen was a shock to me because I didn’t know that they existed on the internet. I thought I had to drive a distance to the area where they lived and search through microfiche and microfilm at the local library in order to find census, birth, marriage and death documents.

First try this website: Click on the title "Next Step: 1901 & 1911 Census"

This site will allow you to choose the province, enter the surname and then the other particulars such as first name, date of birth and gender.

Your search will help you find your ancestors on the census records. Clicking on the blue number to see if that person is your ancestor. If you scroll down and the person matches your next step is to go back up to the top of the screen and click on the words split screen - "Image: View the image with: split screen"
Zoom in on the document so that you can read it.

The census will appear on your screen so you can see the family information, most census tells you the place of residence, personal description, Citizenship, Nationality and Religion. Along with profession/trade, wage earner, education, etc.

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