Head Buried in 1911

Seems so long since I wrote here!  I have my head buried in research for an article-length piece I am writing about the first building boom in Grandview between 1904 and 1915.

This week, especially, I am digging deep into the Canadian Census for 1911. There are all sorts of tools and indexes available for those searching for particular people in that census. But just try and pick out a range of people who live on the same street — the original design of the census seems deliberately skewed against such a search.  After looking through hundreds and hundreds of individual hand-written pages (see here for an example), I have found Commercial Drive residents scattered through 22 different pages in 3 separate “geographic” sub-divisions. And I am not sure I have found them all yet.

Slow and tedious work (and it gets in the way of normal stuff like eating and blogging), but the results can be so exciting!

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