A progress history of transcribing a big Canadian city census from 1861, including my method and organization, and the social and geographical details of the area at that time.
Saturday, 28 January 2012
You Lucky Ladies of 2012
I just matched up the Dictionary of Canadian Biography entry of Michael Willis, minister and prof of theology, to his entry in the 1861 census.
A sentence from the DCB: "The name of his wife is not known."
What did he call her in the 1861 census? "Mrs"
And that was life for a great many women of the middle of the nineteenth century.
Last week I came across Mr Cooney, a blacksmith, whose household list of inhabitants started with himself, proceeded to a female servant and her two children, and then to a married Bridget Cooney and two more children bearing the surname Cooney. Hmmm.