Wednesday, May 05, 2021

History of the Census

Historians and genealogists a century from now will be grateful: the 2021 census is in progress.

To mark the event, Canada's History online is featuring my recent article "Making it Count," on the first census taken in what is now Canada: the 1666 Rolle des habitants of New France. It's about the making of the census ordered by Jean Talon, but also of its remaking in the late twentieth century by the historian Marcel Trudel, who made his own tally -- and increased the names on the census by twenty-five per cent.

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