AfriGeneas Canada Research Forum
LAC Answers about Release of 1921 Census
August 13, 2013
LAC Answers Questions about Release of 1921 Census
On Monday, August 12, 2013 I was pleased to be contacted by M. Fabien Lengellé, Director General, Content Access Branch of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) who was very happy to answer questions about the release of the 1921 Census of Canada raised by members of The Ontario Genealogical Society. I shall try to summarize his information below:
Why did LAC go to an outside source and eventually select Ancestry to manage this project?
Going to an outside provider:
Ancestry's proposal was far better than the others submitted as it:
Does Ancestry now have exclusive rights to these images?
• LAC retains all rights to the 1921 Canada Census and, after three (3) years, will get a copy of the index produced by Ancestry.
Why have the microfilms or images not been available at Library and Archives Canada until now?
• LAC has a microfilm copy for preservation purposes only.
How do people browse the free images?
• Go to the Ancestry.ca website; scroll down to the 1921 Census icon and click "Start browsing".
What should be done if an error is discovered (e.g., missing pages or sections of pages or poorly digitized images)?
Temporarily, errors should be sent firstname.lastname@example.org. Ancestry will develop a feedback tool soon and errors will then be reported through it.
M. Lengellé wishes to acknowledge the daily help LAC receives from members such as ours who report errors in their census collection. This collaboration benefits everyone. I wish to thank M. Lengellé for contacting me with answers to our questions and for seeking others during the day when members contacted OGS about errors and image problems. We plan to have further conversations in the near future to continue the renewed dialogue between Library and Archives Canada and The Ontario Genealogical Society. I look forward to this opportunity.
Thank you all for your continued vigilance on behalf of our archival documents.
If further questions arise, please contact me at email@example.com.
Shirley L. Sturdevant, President