Grandview Database v. 19

We have today uploaded a new and updated version of the Grandview Database.  

This version incorporates almost 900 new and amended data points since the previous release:

  • Another 370 additional households have been added from the 1921 census.;
  • An additional 350 entries have been aaded from the 1914 City Directory;.
  • Almost 50 new entries have come from the Changes on the Drive series, covering recent history on Commercial Drive;
  • And more than 100 miscellaneous entries have been added from the “Highland Echo” (1935-1980) and contemporary real estate listings.

In November we will once again be concentrating on completing the data available from the 1921 Census. We hope you find the Database of value, and we encourage and welcome corrections, and additions.

Grandview Database v. 18

We have today uploaded a new and updated version of the Grandview Database.  

Some unforeseen difficulties slowed down work this month, However, this version still incorporates more than 400 new and amended data points since the previous release

  • Another 275 additional Building Permits have been sifted from the goldmine that is the Heritage Vancouver database of early permits. We are now caught up with their latest update, and we look forward to the next batch which will include the 1922 permits;
  • About 50 additional data points have been collected from contemporary real estate listings and miscellaneous sources.
  • We have also completely remapped and re-entered Block 144, the most unnecessarily complex block in the neighbourhood, which was shown inaccurately in previous editions of this database. A number of researchers who have worked on this block agree that the original surveyors must have had a really good time in the tavern before going to work that day!

In October we will be concentrating on completing the data available from the 1921 Census. We hope you find the Database of value, and we encourage and welcome corrections, and additions.

Grandview Database v. 17

We have today uploaded a new and updated version of the Grandview Database.  

This version incorporates more than 1,250 new and amended data points since the previous release.

  • Another 250 households have been entered from the 1921 Census. The 1921 census included details of house structure & size, and a raft of high quality data on rents in the neighbourhood; We estimate that we are about half way through the data collection from this invaluable source.
  • An additional 500 entries completes the 1913 City Directory and has begun work on 1914.
  • About 500 additional Building Permits have been sifted from the goldmine that is the Heritage Vancouver database of early permits.
  • A small number of additional data points have been collected from contemporary real estate listings and miscellaneous sources.

We hope you find the Database of value, and we encourage and welcome corrections, and additions.

Grandview Database v 16

We have today uploaded a new and updated version of the Grandview Database.  

This version incorporates more than 2100 new and amended data points since the previous release.

  • About 700 of these additional data points almost complete entries from the 1913 Directory;
  • More than 450 households have been added from the 1921 Census;
  • About 500 new data points have been captured from miscellaneous references in the “Highland Echo” and similar sources covering the period 1901-1999;
  • a similar number of data points was added from the first 49 editions of Changes On The Drive covering Commercial Drive from 2011 to 2015;

We hope you find the Database of value, and we encourage and welcome corrections, and additions.

Grandview Database v.14

We have today uploaded a new and updated version of the Grandview Database.  

This version incorporates almost 1,500 new data points since the previous release. Nearly all the new entries are households from the 1911 census, which is now complete. The balance includes an almost complete set of entries for the 1912 City Directory.

I had hoped to be able to say that everyone listed in the 1911 census is now listed in the Database. However, readable handwriting was NOT one of the requirements for census enumerators, and much of the writing, even if well formed, has now faded from sight.There are several hundred households missing for these reasons.  The following link is to a typical page to illustrate these issues.

We hope you find the Database of value, and we encourage and welcome corrections, and additions.

 

 

Grandview Database v. 13

We have today uploaded a new and updated version of the Grandview Database.  

This version incorporates almost 1,600 new data points since the previous release. The new entries this month include several hundred more households from the 1911 Census, several lists of tax-default properties in 1902 and 1909, a significant portion of the 1912 City Directory, and a wide variety of entries taken from the Highland Echo from 1935 to 1970, primarily concerned with Commercial Drive.

There is also a complete inventory of the current business occupants of 900-2300 Commercial Drive for the first time.

The reformatting of both dates and data points is almost complete.

Grandview Database v.12

We have today uploaded a new and updated version of the Grandview Database.  

This version incorporates almost 900 new data points since the previous release. About 200+ of the new entries are drawn from newspaper articles covering everyday life such as births, marriages, deaths, thefts, accidents, hiring help (search on “girl” for example), and selling household goods.

The other 650 new entries constitute details of households included in the 1911 Census. The completion of the census entries will probably take another two months and will ensure the database contains virtually every person who lived in Grandview in 1911.

The reformatting of both dates and data points continues apace.

Grandview Database v.11

We have today uploaded a new and updated version of the Grandview Database.  We have launched this version two days earlier than scheduled in order to ensure that the latest version is available for a “How To Research Your House” seminar at Britannia on Tuesday 28th February.

This version incorporates more than 570 new data points since the previous release.

This version also includes the start to a reformatting of dates. Dates in the database have previously been formatted as month-day-year; this is changing to year-month-day which allows for easier scanning of dates, especially for those entries that have considerable detail.

At the same time, I have reformatted the last column which contains all the historical material. Bullet points have been removed to allow more space for data in an otherwise constrained environment, and allows for a more comfortable scan down the years for those entries with a great deal of data.

There are many thousands of dates and data points in the database and so changing formats is a long and tedious business, only a fraction of which can be automated. The change has begun with this version and is about 60% complete. You will still find both formats represented for a while. As time passes, the older formats will be discontinued.

 

Grandview Database v.10

We have today uploaded a new and updated version of the Grandview Database.

This version incorporates more than 750 additions and updates. Most of these additions have been taken from a review of newspapers from 1916 – 1924 and include different kinds of information than formerly. For example, more than 50 households had their contents auctioned (search: “auctioned off”), others were subject to robberies, and returning soldiers (search: “soldier” or “war”) are a feature. There are help wanted ads, work sought ads, births, marriages, deaths, even a divorce.

There are also significant additions to the details of retail and service companies both on Commercial Drive and elsewhere in Grandview.

With the inclusion of the 1000+ entries so far this year, the database is much livelier and more personalised than before.Some earlier errors on the 1700-block eastside of Commercial Drive and the 1700-block Venables have also been fixed.