Citing the "1906 Canadian Census ..." from Ancestry

Dear Editor;

I've been trying to apply what I've learned from the citing of passenger records to citing the Canadian census records from Ancestry. Your "QuickLesson 26: Thinking Through Citations" has also been quite a help.

I've produced the following citation and would appreciate some feedback to ensure I'm on-track before proceeding with additional census citations.


Master Source Name (internal name used by database program)
1906-07-17 Census – Canada, SK, Assiniboia East, SD 22 – MURISON, Thomas Baird

Source List Entry
"1906 Canada Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta." Database with browsable images. Ancestry : 2019.

First Reference
"1906 Canada Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta,” database with browsable images, Ancestry ( : downloaded 26 April 2019) > Saskatchewan [province] > Assiniboia East [district] > Sub-District 22 [sub-district] > image 10, p. 19, family 135, line 11, entry for Thomas B. “Murrison” [Murison]; citing Library and Archives Canada, Statistics Canada Fonds, ser. RG31-C-1, microfilm reels T-18353 to T-18363. The Library and Archives Canada site identifies the specific microfilm reel for this record as being T-18358.

Subsequent Note
"1906 Canada Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta," Ancestry, Saskatchewan, Assiniboia East, Sub-District 22, image 10, p. 19, family 135, line 11, entry for Thomas B. “Murrison” [Murison].

Do the URLS require the final "/"? It does not affect their validity.

Is it permissible to use the ISO 3166-2 abbreviations for countries and provinces/states in a citation? For instance; Canada is "CA" and Saskatchewan is "SK". That would reduce the length of some references by a fair amount

Submitted byEEon Fri, 05/03/2019 - 09:27

History-Hunter, I see no issues with your citations. Regarding your last two questions:

  1. If the final "/" of a URL does not affect the validity of the citation, then it can be dropped.
  2. Regarding the use of ISO or postal abbreviation, it depends upon how lasting you expect your work to be. What is "standard" today, won't be standard tomorrow. The 1850 U.S. censuses, for example, abbreviates many "birth state" entries as IA Today, that's the standard postal code for Iowa. At the time of the census, it was Indiana. EE's stance is that avoiding future misunderstanding is always preferable to shortcuts.

Submitted byEEon Sat, 05/04/2019 - 11:29