Grandview Database v.30

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

This version incorporates several hundred new and amended data points since the previous release. Much of this update is based on a thorough review of the 1921 Census reruns which also led to these three articles: Population Distribution in Grandview, Population Growth in Grandview 1911-1921, and the Rental Market in Grandview in 1921.

Research continues, and comments are always welcomed and appreciated.

Population Growth in Grandview: 1911-1921

Further to my previous post about the geographic distribution of population in Grandview in 1921, the following map illustrates the same using the 1911 Census returns (For a description of the block system used to map these results, please see here.):

The 1911 Census showed a population count of 7,356 compared to the population in 1921 which was counted as 10,270.  This indicates a growth of 2,917 persons, or a rise of 40% between the two years.

The following map illustrates the geographic dynamic of that growth:

For earlier analyses of the composition of the residents of Commercial Drive as reflected in the 1911 Census, please see here and here.

I am obliged to note that I do not altogether trust the accuracy of the 1911 Census count. I went through all the relevant census pages some years ago when the 1911 Census was first made available, entering all the data into the Grandview Database.  While doing my count of database entries to compile this map, I noticed a number of individuals who were not included in the Census count but who were definitely here in 1911. Therefore, I chose to go through the Census documents a second time to ensure that I had not missed them on the first pass. Although I did manage to find and correct a few of my earlier errors, most of the “missing” people were still missing in the Census. I leave this as a reminder to others who may rely on the Census data.

 

 

Grandview Database v.29

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

This version incorporates more than 2,000 new and amended data points since the previous release.

Now that the 1921 census data entry has been completed, analysis of certain overall characteristics of Grandview in 1921 can begin to be ascertained — population densities, household sizes, the location, distribution and cost of residential rental space, for example. Along with the recent concentration on Commercial Drive, this also allows for the beginnings of detailed analysis of retail and other sociological trends across decades (see for example the preliminary work on house prices) . Over the next few months we will continue to bring some of this work into the public forum.

We hope you find the Database of value, and we encourage and welcome corrections, and additions which should be sent to jakking@shaw.ca.

Grandview Database v. 28

After a delay of some months due to technical issues, we have today uploaded a new and substantially updated version of the Grandview Database.  

This version incorporates more than 6,000 new and amended data points since the previous release

  • Grandview:  All Directory entries are now complete through 1918, entries from the 1921 Census are about 90% complete, and a generalised “Grandview” sweep through newspapers is complete through 1934;
  • Commercial Drive: Entries from the 1921 census are complete. Directory information for blocks 900-1300 is now complete through year 2000, for blocks 1400-2200 the Directory entries are now complete through 1924. A specific “Commercial Drive” newspaper sweep is complete through 1931, with significant additional material from 1936-1956.
  • New formatting has been adopted to help shape and define the information blocks.

Now that the 1921 census data entry has been completed, analysis of certain overall characteristics of Grandview in 1921 can begin to be ascertained — population densities, household sizes, the location, distribution and cost of residential rental space, for example.  The recent concentration on Commercial Drive allows for the beginnings of detailed analysis of retail and other sociological trends across decades. Over the next few months we hope to bring some of this work into the public forum.

We hope you find the Database of value, and we encourage and welcome corrections, and additions which should be sent to jakking@shaw.ca.

Grandview Database v. 26

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

This version incorporates more than 2,600 new and amended data points since the previous release

  • More than 1,300 additional entries have been added from the 1917 and 1918 City Directories;  1917 Directory entries are now complete;;
  • more than 1,250 additional entries have been compiled from the 1921 census; this too is now complete;
  • and about 70 early water permits have been added thanks to the indefatigable Neviile.

In August Directory entries from 1918 onward will continue to be added, along with miscellaneous event data from the “Vancouver Daily World“. 1917-1924.

Now that the 1921 census data entry has been completed, analysis of certain overall characteristics of Grandview in 1921 can begin to be ascertained — population densities, household sizes, the location, distribution and cost of residential rental space, for example.  Over the next few months we hope to bring some of this work into the public forum.

We hope you find the Database of value, and we encourage and welcome corrections, and additions which should be sent to jakking@shaw.ca.

Grandview Database v.25

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

This version incorporates more than 3,700 new and amended data points since the previous release

  • More than 1,400 additional entries have been added from the 1917 City Directory;
  • More than 2,000 additional entries have been compiled from the 1921 census;
  • And about 250 miscellaneous entries have been added from the Vancouver Daily World (1917-1922).

The miscellaneous entries, which we have been adding slowly to the mix each month, include births, marriages, deaths, arrests, assaults, thefts, accidents, fires, staff hiring, and social occasions of all sorts.  They help to flesh out the details of the lives of those living in Grandview one hundred years ago.

In July we will complete both the 1917 Directory and the 1921 census.

We hope you find the Database of value, and we encourage and welcome corrections, and additions which should be sent to jakking@shaw.ca.

Grandview Database v.24

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

This version incorporates more than 2,200 new and amended data points since the previous release

  • More than 1,300 additional entries have been added from the 1916 through 1923 City Directories;
  • More than 500 additional entries have been compiled from the 1921 census;
  • And about 450 miscellaneous entries have been added from the “Highland Echo” (1935-1980), the Encyclopedia of Commercial Drive, the Vancouver Daily World (1923-1924) and Vancouver Evening Sun (1924), and contemporary real estate listings.

In July we will continue with entries from all streams of data.

We will be at No Car Day on Commercial Drive on July 8th and the database will be available for review.  Please stop by our table and allow us to show you what information we have on your Grandview home.

We hope you find the Database of value, and we encourage and welcome corrections, and additions which should be sent to jakking@shaw.ca.

Grandview Database v. 23

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

This version incorporates more than 2,800 new and amended data points since the previous release

  • More than 2,250 additional entries have been added from the 1915 through 1920 City Directories; 1915 is now complete.;
  • And about 600 miscellaneous entries have been added from the “Highland Echo” (1935-1980), the Encyclopedia of Commercial Drive, and contemporary real estate listings.

In June we will continue with Directory entries and perhaps do more work on the 1921 census.

We hope you find the Database of value, and we encourage and welcome corrections, and additions which should be sent to jakking@shaw.ca.

Grandview Database v.22

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

This version incorporates more than 2,850 new and amended data points since the previous release

  • More than 2,300 additional entries have been added from the 1914 and 1915 City Directories; 1914 is now complete.;
  • And about 550  miscellaneous entries have been added from the “Highland Echo” (1935-1980), the Encyclopedia of Commercial Drive, and contemporary real estate listings.

In May we will complete the 1915 Directory entries and do more work on the 1921 census.

We hope you find the Database of value, and we encourage and welcome corrections, and additions which should be sent to jakking@shaw.ca.

Grandview Database v.21

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

This version incorporates almost 600 new and amended data points since the previous release

  • More than 550 additional entries have been added from the 1914 City Directory;
  • And about 50  miscellaneous entries have been added from the “Highland Echo” (1935-1980), contemporary real estate listings, and another historian’s interim work on Parker Street.

In May we will complete the 1914 Directory entries.  We hope you find the Database of value, and we encourage and welcome corrections, and additions which should be sent to jakking@shaw.ca.