More very useful information - this about geography and 1906 census.
From: Gordon A. Watts [mailto:gordon_watts@...
Sent: Sunday, February 02, 2003 11:05 PM
To: Canada Census Campaign
Subject: Improvemenst to 1906 access.
In response to some suggestions I made for improving access to the 1906
Census records I received the following message. I copy it here for
Gordon A. Watts gordon_watts@...
Co-chair, Canada Census Committee
Port Coquitlam, BC
en français http://globalgenealogy.com/Census/Index_f.htm
Permission to forward without notice is granted.
----- Original Message -----
From: Piché, Jean-Stéphen
To: 'Gordon A. Watts'
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2003 12:55 PM
Subject: RE: Improvement to 1906 access.
We are currently working toward improving the Census of the Northwest
Provinces, 1906 website. Included in our upcoming enhancements are the
addition of the Index maps from the Electoral Atlas for the provinces of
the Northwest Territories (Sask. and Manitoba) and Alberta. These Index
maps will be manipulated to include important meridians and district
number. A legend including district numbers and district names will
also appear on the maps. Another project currently being undertaken is
the addition of a Postal Address field in our 1906 database. This field
will allow researcher access by a geographic locator (i.e. in most cases
the name of a town). These additions will be available in phase II of
the 1906 Census project which is scheduled to be completed in April
2003. I trust these improvements will greatly improve accessibility to
the Census records.
Online Services Division
National Archives of Canada
tel: 613.996.0029 fax: 613.992.1560
De : Gordon A. Watts [mailto:gordon_watts@...]
Envoyé : 30 janvier, 2003 17:27
À : Gabrielle Blais
Objet : Improvement to 1906 access.
I would like to pass on to you something that I would think could
improve the access to the 1906 Census records. My suggestion is based
on some limited personal experience once the receipt of email resulting
from last Fridays announcement died down, and on comments I have
received, and seen on various mail lists, from those having difficulty
in finding their way around the website.
For those familiar to the range and township arrangement, or those
living in the districts and sub-districts in which they seek
information, the existing electoral maps are useful and relatively easy
to understand. I particularly like the fact that putting the cursor
over a number in the district map brings up a description box. For
those who are researching from afar, without knowledge of the area
things are somewhat more difficult.
What is lacking for the 1906 web pages, and something that I personally
would find useful and desireable, is a Provincial map showing a
pictorial layout of the districts. It need not be fancy or detailed,
just something to show the relative positions of the Districts within
the Province. The existing Provincial links could access the Provincial
map, and a link provided within each District on the Provincial map
could connect to the current District and Sub-district maps.
The lack of such a map, and the lack of knowledge on my part regarding
the layout of the Districts within the Province of Saskatchewan caused
me to use the better part of an hour to find where Weyburn might be
found in the Census records.
The name of the District does not always give a clue as to the relative
location of the District within the Province, and in fact can be
misleading. For example, in Saskatchewan, you (or I, at least) would
expect East Assiniboia and West Assiniboia districts to be adjacent.
This is not the case, however, as they are separated by the Qu'Appelle
The current descriptive text descriptions are useful, but not
particularly user friendly, and the website would be vastly improved (in
my opinion) by the addition of the provincial maps suggested.
There is one other thing you might be able to help me with. I use 17"
monitor on my computer with a higher resolution than the standard VGA or
SVGA resolutions. As such, images coming in are somewhat smaller than I
would like. I have discovered how to increase the frame size of the Mr.
Sid viewer and I set the custom parameters for that such that I can get
an image that is close to full screen. The problem is that for every
image that I wish to view, I must go through the routine of changing the
frame size all over again. Do you know if there is any way that I can
set my custom frame size as a default so that it remains the size I want
without having to set it up for each and every image that I download for
viewing. Anything you might suggest would be appreciated.
Judith Rempel, Webster
Alberta Family Histories Society
Canadian Genealogical Projects Register
1906 Census Transcription Centre