Canadian censuses being digitized and indexed!

FamilySearch [Family History Library] and this week announced a joint project to bring more Canadian censuses online. In an agreement similar to the US census agreement announced by the two organizations in July 2008, FamilySearch will digitize and index Canadian census records that Ancestry has acquired, and Ancestry will provide FamilySearch with indexes and images for the 1851, 1891, 1901 and 1906 censuses.

These digitized and indexed records will then be made available to Ancestry members on the company’s website, and in time the indexes will also be available to the public at By the end of next year [2009], it is anticipated that all publicly available Canadian Census 1851-1916 will be online. The full press release for this announcement is available here.

I am already making my lists of people to check in Montreal, Rawdon, and other places. Some are already available and for the first time I found a maternal great great grandfather listed with his parents.

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