A colleague (I think we've also established kinship, but can't remember
exactly what degree of cousins we are!) working on Mennonite family history
in Edmonton has made some very interesting observations about the quality
and nature of the data in the 1901 Census of Canada. I'm sure that any of
you with family in Canada at that time will be very interested in his
comments. They pertain to more non-Mennonites as well.
Judith Rempel, Webster
Alberta Family Histories Society
1906 Census Transcription Centre
Mennonite Genealogy Data Index
]On Behalf Of Alan
Rempel, Edmonton, Alberta
Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2003 2:15 AM
Subject: 1901 Rhineland census
I have recently been doing an intensive review of the 1901 Rhineland census,
and discovered some things that may be of interest to other researchers.
It appears that in some (most?) instances, the year of birth was NOT
recorded at time of visit, but was later calculated from the age that was
recorded. The reverse may also be true in some cases, i.e. DOB was recorded
and age was calculated later. I think there may also have been some
misunderstandings and that rather than age on last birthday, as was
requested by form, some gave age on next birthday! These are the reasons
that there are many dates that have a one year discrepancy with other
It also appears that despite the entry of a date at the top of page, that
date is not the date for much of the information on that page in many cases!
It looks like enumerators used sources other than a visit to compile
information, possibly including church records, or a visit to a church
official. There are many individuals listed who are subsequently crossed
out, because they died long before the date of the census (more than a year
in some cases). There are also individuals listed who were born after the
date at the top of the page! This together with age/date calculations
suggests re-working at a later date.
Immigration dates in many (all?) cases are to the province of Manitoba, not
to North America or even to Canada. There are some errors where the
immigration date of a parent is shown for an individual who was actually
born in Manitoba, but in general the date of immigration is accurate for
that person's arrival in Manitoba.
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