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1881 Canada Census Now Online

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Library and Archives Canada has announce the launch of a new online database, the 1881 Census of Canada. This database provides access to digitized images of the original census returns. The site also includes information about what life was like in Canada at the time the census was taken. Have a peek and see if you can find the listing for Sir John A. Macdonald or Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Here is the link:

Did you know that Calgary Public Library has a complete collection of the Canadian census on microfilm? It is in the genealogy collection on the 4th floor of the Central Library.


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WhiskyIn 1892 two-year-old whisky was $1.25 a gallon and “old” whiskey was $2.00 a gallon. The most popular drink at Calgary’s exclusive Ranchmen’s Club in 1892 was Glen

Grant Scotch whiskey shipped directly from Edinburgh in 40 gallon barrels.

To read more about it, check out Hugh Dempsey's book, Calgary : spirit of the west : a history / by Dempsey, Hugh Aylmer, 1929- (Is it a coincidence that this is found in a book called Spirit of the West?)
Interested in reading more? Try James H. Gray's classic book Booze : the impact of whisky on the prairie west / by Gray, James H., 1906-1998 and the follow up title,

Bacchanalia revisited : Western Canada's boozy skid to social disaster / by Gray, James H., 1906-1998.

Digital Alberta History

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Check out: Our Future, Our Past: The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project is a free, ongoing, project providing all those interested in Alberta's history access to cultural and heritage materials. Highlights of the collection include early Alberta newspapers including the Calgary Herald dating from 1885, Calgary Stampede history, local histories of Alberta communities, medical, multicultural and legal history and more