Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Exploring Mitchell's Directory

The end of a stage is in sight. This morning I have reached the letter "W" in matching the adult inhabitants of York Township to Mitchell's Directory of Toronto, published in 1864. Matching the inhabitants of Toronto itself to the city directory was completed some months ago.

Maybe it is getting to the end that sent me into hysterics about this entry found on page 180 of the directory:

Henry WHITE, explorer; 22 Nassau Street, St Patrick's

My first thought was, "Did he find it?" with the mind boggling about what there might be to look for on Nassau Street. But I've decided that "explorer" is a typo.

The census gives a much more sensible entry:

Henry WHITE, surveyor, 39, m, 5 children, Nassau Street, St Patrick's

It just shows that us census transcribers don't make all the mistakes.

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