Thursday, August 08, 2013

More on the 1921 census release

Just a couple of weeks ago, we were noting demographer Lisa Dillon's complaint that Library and Archives Canada has not made the 1921 census available, even though it is now legally in the public domain. She raised flags about LAC's recent inclination to strike deals with private agencies rather than scholars and genealogical organizations.

Today announces the 1921 census is now available free in limited form -- from Ancestry.
We thought you would be excited to know that is now officially offering free online access to images from the 1921 Census of Canada. Right now, you can be one of the first people to view select images, while we work hard to index the collection, providing a fully searchable experience later this year.  
The Ancestry site is here. And LAC has a release out today, setting out what's free and not, and what is available via the LAC itself. Searchable online? By subscription, it looks.

Update, September 6, 2013:  Genealogist John Reid has more on the agreements between LAC and Ancestry.

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