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Release of the Canadian 1931 Census

Unlike the UK Census Returns the Canadian Government release Census Records to the public after 92 years.

Therefore, the recently released 1931 Census will prove to be useful to anyone researching Canadian Airmen who served during WW2.

Initially released in June on the Library & Archives Canada Website the records run to well over 234 thousand pages & detail over 10 million people.

At this stage the Archives website only allows researchers to browse the pages but not search for people by name.

They are however working in collaboration with Genealogy Subscription websites to make the records more accessible.

At this stage FamilySearch are working to make is fully searchable, Ancestry on the other hand already has a searchable index of name. I recently used Ancestry’s facility & managed to locate a young airman aged 8 living in Toronto.

Like the Archives website FindmyPast also only currently has images broken down by areas.

I am sure as time progresses these records will be much more searchable.


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