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.

 

Grandview Database v. 5

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

Changes in this version include:

  • More than 1,026 new data points from a December 1909 list of lots in tax arrears, the City Directories for 1910 and 1911, the 1910 Insurance Map, and various media and MLS reports;
  • 11 additional previously-demolished buildings recovered;
  • 2 new houses;
  • miscellaneous minor corrections

Grandview Database v.4

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

Changes in this version include:

  • More than 705 new data points from the1927-1930 Insurance Map, the 1910 City Directory, and various media and MLS reports;
  • 14 additional previously-demolished buildings recovered;
  • 2 new houses;
  • 1 building previously shown as separate now integrated into other buildings;
  • miscellaneous minor corrections

Meeting Notes, January 2016

The GHG had another well-attended and fascinating meeting last night, covering a wide range of topics:

  • Eric took us through a long list of items on the regular Neighbourhood Update segment. We discussed the recent fires on Lily Street and Commercial Drive; land assembly around Broadway; new buildings on E. Peder and Ferndale; and another dozen or more developments throughout Grandview;
  • We reviewed a number of upcoming courses and lectures of heritage interest;
  • We discussed the projects we had lined up for two GEOG 429 students this year. One student, working specifically for the Britannia Planning & Development group, will be examining the social aspects of the earlier development of Britannia, including the demolition of many houses and the displacement of residents. A second student was planning to conduct a research project on Grandview’s transportation history. Unfortunately, he has withdrawn from the class;
  • The idea of reviving GHG walking tours was bruited.  Jak agreed to conduct a new Commercial Drive tour in the summer. John described his idea of a tour of the industrial areas north of Hastings. We welcome other ideas;
  • Jak discussed the next update to the Grandview Database due to be published on 1st February. As an example of what can be derived from the collated date, he presented a series of maps illustrating the historic growth of Grandview from 1900 through 1915;
  • Eric presented another of his highly informative Heritage Mechanicals and Materials series — this time on gutters. Who knew they could be so interesting?