Toronto, June 30, 2009 – Canada Day is not only a great day to spend with family – it’s the perfect time to get together and learn more about the lives of your ancestors from nearly 100 years ago. To celebrate our 143rd birthday, Ancestry.ca is making available the 1911 Canadian Census records free of charge through July 4, 2010.
This database is an index of individuals enumerated in the 1911 Canada Census, the fifth census of Canada since confederation in 1867. The 1911 census includes nine provinces - Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan, and two territories - the Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories.
Considered the backbone of family history research, census records are often the most content rich sources for discovering information about one’s ancestors. They can include information about an individual’s address, occupation, their place of birth, when they immigrated to Canada, the family living with them at the time of the enumeration, their religion, and even the birth place of their parents.
Coupled with other records, like birth, marriage, death and immigration records, as well as Ancestry’s unmatched online network of users, Canadians will be able to build their family tree and get a clearer picture of the lives of their ancestors at the beginning of the 20th century.
“Canada Day gives us the perfect opportunity to come together and reflect on not only what makes us Canadian, but also to remember our ancestors who helped build this great country,” said Karen Peterson, Managing Director for Ancesrty.ca. “This is a fantastic opportunity to delve into history to discover the stories and the people that came before us. By understanding where we come from we can get a better appreciation for who we are.”
Those interested in discovering their Canadian roots can visit www.ancestry.ca/CanadaDay.
Officially Canada’s leading website for family history resources, Ancestry.ca has 126 million Canadian records in such collections as the complete Historical Canadian Censuses from 1851 to 1916, Ontario and British Columbia vital records from as early as 1813, Quebec vital Records (The Drouin Collection), Canadian Passenger Lists and U.S. / Canada Border Crossings.
Ancestry.ca was launched in January 2006 and belongs to the global network of Ancestry websites (wholly owned by Ancestry.com Operations Inc.), which contains five billion records. To date more than 17 million family trees have been created and 1.7 billion names and 35 million photographs and stories uploaded. (Figures current as of June 1, 2010)
The Ancestry global network of family history websites - www.ancestry.ca in Canada, www.ancestry.com in the US, www.ancestry.co.uk in the UK, www.ancestry.com.au in Australia, www.ancestry.de in Germany, www.ancestry.it in Italy, www.ancestry.fr in France, www.ancestry.se in Sweden and www.jiapu.com in China.