Did you happen to uncover some of your Saskatchewan ancestor's homesteads or farms and end up with a designation like SW-16-09-24-W2? I'll bet you were excited like I was when I discovered my first one and plugged it into Google Maps only to find out that the mighty Google will not plot it on a map!! How can you find the location of the land on a map? I'll help you by sharing with you what I have learned.
The 1906 Census was gathered by the government of Canada specifically for the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Governments were interested to track how the settlement of the prairies was proceeding. The census officially began on June 24, 1906 and when the census was complete it revealed that the population of the newly designated provincial capital Regina, Saskatchewan had swelled from 2,250 five years earlier to 6,129 people!
The Canada 1921 Census was a detailed enumeration of the entire Canadian population. The census count begun on 1 June 1921 and when it was complete, the population of Regina was counted as 34,432. This was an increase of 14% from the 1911 Census for the city of Regina, Saskatchewan.
The 1916 Census was the ninth census for Manitoba and the third census for Saskatchewan and Alberta. The census officially began on June 1, 1916 and in the city of Regina, Saskatchewan it recorded a population of 26,105 which had declined by 4,000 (13%) from the previous census in 1911.
I grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and lived there for more than two decades and despite the years of experience I was completely unaware that there was an area of the city once known as 'Germantown'. The neighbourhood is immediately to the east of the downtown and it was the place where immigrants first settled. It was called Germantown because most immigrants were from the Austral-Hungarian Empire, I am guessing. Immigrants... like Romanians?
The 1911 Census marked the fifth regularly scheduled collection of national statistics. The census collection officially began on June 1, 1911 and the city of Regina, Saskatchewan recorded a population of 30,213 souls. 1911 saw a massive increase from 1906 when the last census of the city collected a total of 6,129 citizens!
As Romanians were arriving in North America in the early part of the 1900's they gathered at different places close to the eastern ports before learning more about travelling west. Once such place where they gathered to get their feet under themselves was Montreal, Quebec, Canada. There were enough Romanian immigrants in the city at the time that there was an area of town known for this colourful group. Perhaps if your Ancestors listed Montreal as a final destination on their ship manifest this is where they ended up? Mine did!
Page 1 of 3