How has the census helped you?
- Send us your story and include a photo if possible. The photo can be of the
person/family you found on the census or the image of the census record
Tell us what you found that you would not have known if it were not for the
census record. Since UK is also considering scrapping the census, the census
does not have to be a Canadian one. Also since the U.S. has released up to
and including 1930, an example from that would be a good contrast.
I know that the 1930 census in the U.S. helped me find my greataunt and her
stepdaughter. My greataunt came from Austria with my grandparents and my
father to Canada. She was on the 1911 Census of Canada, but left for the
U.S. sometime between 1911 and 1920. She married an American many years her
senior, but was left a widow by the time I made an appearance on this earth.
She made many trips to Alberta to visit us. When she passed away, we
received a letter from the stepdaughter telling us the details of my
greataunt's death and asking if there was anything we wanted of hers. We
sent a letter back thanking her for letting us know and telling her the only
thing we would like were some photos. We never heard from her again, the
letter from her was lost and no one remembered her first name. We only
remembered her married surname was Childs. Through the U.S. census records,
I was able to find my greataunt on the 1920 and 1930 U.S. Census. It gave
her husband's birth information and through that I was able to trace him on
the census records since his birth, including his first marriage. Through
that I found the names of all his children and the ones who followed him
from Pennsylvania to Kansas to California. I then knew the name of his
daughter who married a Childs. Through the California death records, I found
Mrs. Childs died shortly after my greataunt, which is why we never heard
from her again.
It helped me piece together the lives of my greataunt, her husband and her
stepchildren. It explained why my grandmother had an embroidered cloth with
the words Wichita, Kansas on it. That is where my greataunt lived according
to the 1920 U.S. Census. By 1930 she, her husband and some of his children
with spouses and family were in Los Angeles, California. It was an
interesting journey following their journey. Since my grandparents crossed
back and forth to Alberta and B.C., I would love to have the 1921 and 1931
Canada Census to know where they lived during those two periods. All the
family are now dead, so I don't see what harm it would be for me to know
where they were in those two decades.
What's your census story?
Editor, Chinook, 2008 Winner of the National Genealogical Society Local
SIGS Contact: Ukrainian, Métis
Phone: 295-3490; Fax: 274-0564
Alberta Family Histories Society