Update to Maps and Gazetteers handout

I am always excited to do Family History presentations.  Often I get too excited and miss something out of the presentation!

This happened on 14 April!

I forgot to include the following website:  http://www.old-maps.co.uk/index.html “the UK’s most comprehensive historical map archive comprising site centred historical maps covering England, Wales and Scotland”

A kind gentleman came up to me after the presentation and told me about maps for the 1891 Canada Census – sorry I didn’t get his name – and then couldn’t find the maps – anyone knowing of them can leave us a comment . . . .

The Electoral Atlas of the Dominion of Canada 1895 – “the first set of detailed maps prepared by the Canadian government to show federal electoral boundaries” – http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/electoral-atlas/index-e.html  – these look very useful

Also the following research tips at Library and Archives Canada http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-911-e.html :

In order to undertake a search in census, you must know the approximate locality, as the arrangement of these returns is by township or parish within each county.

  • Small towns and villages are enumerated within their respective townships; larger towns and cities are listed separately.
  • In the case of cities, particularly the larger centres, it is very helpful to know the ward in which the person lived. The ward can often be determined by consulting the street index at the front of published City Directories.
  • To determine the province and county for a particular place, you can search the Post Offices and Postmasters database. Enter the place name in the Office Name field and if there was a post office there, it will indicate the federal electoral district, which usually corresponded to the county and census districts.
  • Information about earlier census returns can be found in the Census Records: Finding Aid 300 [PDF 187 KB].
  • If you do not know the name of the township or parish within which a village is situated, we suggest that you consult a provincial gazetteer. You can also find maps and other geographical information on the various Web sites linked to the Canada GenWeb Project[www.rootsweb.com/%7Ewebsites/international/canada.html].
  • Maps may be of assistance such as Electoral Maps of Canada.
  • You can transcribe information from census returns onto pre-printed blank forms that can be purchased from some genealogy organizations such as the Ontario Genealogical Society [www.ogs.on.ca/].”
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