I have been doing more work on the 1921 Census for Grandview and have discovered that the north side of the 2000-block Venables Street was missed by the enumerator.
The south side of the block (house numbers: 2012, 2030, 2036, 2052, 2056, 2062 and 2076) is captured on pages 4, 5 and 6 of district 22, sub-district 74 of the Census. But after several hours of looking, I can find no trace of the north side on any page in that sub-district or its surrounding neighbours.
To double check, I did name searches in the Census for the residents listed in the City Directory for that year and again came up blank.
Given that the Census in those years was reliant entirely on fallible human surveyors, I wonder how many blocks or partial blocks were missed across the country?
Some while ago, I produced a Census Finding Aid for the 1911 Canada Census. Now that the 1921 Census data is available, I have made the same kind of aid for that series. The purpose here is to allow researchers looking for specific addresses or specific streetscapes to find the data they require more easily than is presently available. I hope you find it of value.
I have tried multiple times to get the formatting correct, without complete success. Therefore, I have uploaded the properly-formatted pdf for easier use.
We had another great meeting last Thursday evening. We covered quite a lot of ground:
- It was noted that the 1921 Census of Canada is now available for scholars. At the moment it is made available via Ancestry.ca and a subsription membership is required. The current search engine dies not allow searches via addresses.
- Bruce Macdonald reported further on the 12′ tall bowling pin model from the Ridge Bowling Lanes, and his desire to have it placed on the Grandview Lanes building at Commercial & 6th. It has now been made available to him, for free, but work still needs to be done with City Hall to allow it to be displayed. We are seeking its designation as a piece of art rather than a structure. It was agreed that GHG will write a letter of support, and Jak will approach the BIA for similar support.
- We looked carefully at the brochure of historical houses and sites put out by the Heritage Revitalization Advisory Commission of Ladysmith, BC and forwarded to us by Maria Hindmarch. We were impressed by its content and style; and we discussed in general terms producing one or more of similar type for Commercial Drive and Grandview. Michael Kluckner noted that he had created a map/brochure for one iof his latest walks, and had made it available on iPad etc.
- Jak explained and displayed the GHG Wiki (see next post) and generally showed users could add information about their houses, for example.
- We then discussed the idea of permanent ceramic signs for heritage houses in Grandview. We are just about ready to move forward on this project and we debated on some detail the nature of content, the possibilty of placement, and the price we will charge. These final points need to be established finally at our next meeting.
- Eric Philips discussed the short personal videos a vintage car club has curated, and he encouraged us to create something similar for our historical house sites on the website and the wiki. This was unanimously endorsed, and Penny Street offered the use of a flip camera she has.
- Eric also noted that he is working on fresh presentations for this Mechanics and Materials series. These include (a) the hazards of old houses; (b) glass; and (c) heating systems. We are hoping that one of these will be ready for presentation at our September meeting.
- Michael noted that we need to complete our final reports to the funding agencies for both the Shelly Sign painting project and the Street Party project.