In my study of citing Canadian Censuses, specifically those provided by Library and Archives Canada (LAC), I have been examining a couple of previous posts of which both were extremely helpful. Could I please ask for your comments on a couple of points? I am sure I may have missed information or it has not completely registered yet. You indicated in your book that citing Censuses is very complex and lengthy. In the back of my mind I wonder if I could simplify my citations.
I have chosen to present my citation using the document as I viewed the image and hence I will follow the layered approach. My issues relate to the first layer - the document.
First, in each of the two cases below (from prior postings), the image at LAC in the document header there is a “Schedule No 1 Population by Name , Personal Description Etc.” In the citations below, neither has this included exactly. Can the citation author, as with the title, amend or create a subtitle ( I will call it)? You have mentioned that when a title is amended then the quotation marks are removed. How would the reader know when a subtitle is altered? How much header information of the document needs or should be included in the citation and in which element?
Second, in examining the image per the URL included in the citation, I don’t see the same information for the person of interest element as in the example citations below. Should I be including only the information that I read on the document? For example I would have written the following for the first example -District 185 Pontiac, District no 7, Enumeration District No1 in Clarendon Township, page 6, dwelling 57, Richard Wilson (age 59) household. I am not sure from where some of the information in the citation comes. May I ask what am I not understanding?
Third, I have a number of citations where the index is incorrect. How would I show this? Would I show it in the search terms in Layer 2 as it is related to the database or add a note after the Layer 3 credit line?
Finally, in reviewing my citations (source entry list, first and subsequent notes) for a sample of people in my study, I realize that I would like to better organize them. I read in your book that the source entry list entries can be grouped. Should I be arranging the elements in my source citations to assist in this concept? Is this even possible? Should the reader be able to match the reference note to the source entry associated with it? The reason I ask is if the element’s order is adjusted will that hinder the reader in finding the source entry?
This forum is very valuable.
Thank you for any comments you may provide,
From the previous posts:
1911 Census of Canada, Pontiac district (185), Quebec, Canada, population census, Shawville Village subdistrict (24), enumeration district 1 [stamped as enumeration district 45], page 12, line 33–36, Richard Wilson (age 59) household; imaged, Library and Archives Canada (https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1911 : downloaded 20 July 2022); citing Library and Archives Canada microfilm T-20439. For unexplained reasons; this record was indexed as subdistrict 45, rather than 24, and the enumeration district field was not included in the 1911 Census of Canada indexing.
1. 1916 Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, population schedule, Saskatchewan, enumeration district (ED) 26, Humboldt, p. 9, dwelling 93, family 97, Richard "Dschloendorf" [Schloendorf], age 46, and family; imaged, "Search 1916 Census of the Prairie Provinces," Library and Archives Canada (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1916/Pages/1916.aspx : accessed 11 June 2017); citing Microfilm T-21936, Reference No. R233-47-9-E.
My draft citation:
Note the index: (no given name) Clarence age 68.
Source list entry
Canada, Ontario. "Fifth Census of Canada, 1911." Database with images. Library and Archives Canada. https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1911/Pages/1911.aspx: 2023.
“Fifth Census of Canada, 1911,” Ontario, Canada, Schedule 1 Population by Name, Personal Description etc., Province of Ontario, District 64 Durham, Sub District 46 (05), Enumeration District 4 South, in the Town of Port Hope, p 18, dwelling 179, Wm Clemence age 68 and wife Emma; imaged in “Census of Canada, 1911,” Library and Archives Canada (https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1911/Pages/1911.aspx: 22 Mar 2023); citing microfilm T-20369, reference RG31, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa.
"Fifth Census of Canada, 1911," Ontario, Canada, Schedule 1 Population by Name, Personal Description etc., Province of Ontario, District 64 Durham, Sub District 46 (05), Enumeration District 4 South, in the Town of Port Hope, p 18, dwelling 179, Wm Clemence age 68 and wife Emma.