updated 30 May 2014


Thursday, 8 August 2013

Hooray!  It’s here!  The 1921 Census of Canada was released a few hours ago, so we’ve had a happy and busy afternoon here at the library. An arrangement between Library and Archives Canada and Ancestry.ca has made it possible to browse the 1921 Canadian Census for free.  No alphabetical index exists, so you cannot (yet) search for a person by name. However, you can browse the census pages by district and subdistrict. Note that the City of Kingston is treated as a separate district–it is not a subdistrict of Frontenac County.

TIPS AND HINTS

1.  Since it is not yet possible to search by surname:

  • check the 1911 Census of Canada to see where the person lived. Perhaps the family was still in the same neighbourhood in 1921.

2.  Although the 1921 Census is available for free via Ancestry.ca, they also invite you to explore earlier census records (e.g. 1911 Census, 1901 Census, etc.)  Those links will lead you to pages which can’t be viewed unless you sign up for a “free trial” subscription. With a little know-how, you can search the same records elsewhere for free:

3.  In the 1921 Census, the City of Kingston (District) includes the following subdistricts:

  • Cataraqui Ward – Subdistricts 10, 11 and 12
  • Frontenac County Jail – Subdistrict 27
  • Frontenac Ward – Subdistricts 13, 14, 15 and 16
  • Kingston Penitentiary  – Subdistricts 26
  • Ontario Ward – Subdistricts 4, 5 and 6
  • Portsmouth Village – Subdistrict  24
  • Rideau Ward – Subdistricts 17, 18, 19 and 20
  • Rockwood Hospital – Subdistrict 25
  • St. Lawrence Ward – Subdistricts 07, 08 and 09
  • Sydenham Ward – Subdistricts 01, 02 and 03
  • Victoria Ward – Subdistricts 21, 22 and 23

Need a map? Click here to view a 1966 Map of Kingston Wards and Polling Subdivisions from the KFPL Map Collection. Keep in mind that boundaries may have shifted somewhat between 1921 and 1966.

4. In the 1921 Census, the Frontenac County (District) includes the following subdistricts:

  • Barrie Township – Subdistricts 01 and 02
  • Bedford Township – Subdistricts 16, 17, 18 and 19
  • Clarendon and Miller Township – Subdistricts 03 and 04
  • Hinchinbrooke Township – Subdistricts12, 13, 14 and 15
  • Howe Island – Subdistricts 49
  • Kennebec Township – Subdistricts 09, 10 and 11
  • Kingston Township – Subdistricts 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43 and 44
  • Loughboro[ugh] Township – Subdistricts 20, 21, 22 and 23
  • North Canonto Township – Subdistricts 05 and 06
  • Olden Township – Subdistrict 08
  • Oso Township – Subdistrict 07
  • Palmerston Township – Subdistricts 05 and 06
  • Pittsburgh Township – Subdistricts 33, 34, 35, 36 and 37
  • Portland Township – Subdistricts 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28
  • South Canonto Township – Subdistricts 05 and 06
  • Storrington Township – Subdistricts 29, 30, 31 and 32
  • Wolfe Island – Subdistricts 45, 46, 47, and 48

Need a map? Visit the Frontenac Maps website and choose Lot/Concession Maps by Geographic Township.

UPDATE August 14a printable list of the column headings, and a copy of the enumerators’ handbook, can be found on the OGS Website. Handy!

Many thanks to those who followed our Release the 1921 Census Facebook page and who made their views known to the Heritage Minister through email messages and petitions.

Thank you for making it clear that the 1921 Census of Canada is of value to many more people than “three old ladies in Kingston.”

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