Thursday, 3 April 2008

Canada Year Book Historical Collection

Statistics Canada have just made available free the Canada Year Book (CYB) Historical Collection covering the first century of Canada's history, from 1867 to 1967.

It covers "Canada's social and economic past through the people, events and facts that have shaped this vast country" including "historical text, tables, charts and maps photos or multimedia".

Selecting browse by year then leads to covers for many of the CYB issues. You can try a "collection search" or select a specific issue and browse or search within it. The pages are digitized into pdfs which you can cut and paste into your own document.

The tables, in html, provide a huge amount of data useful as context for family history studies. The maps are disappointing as the resolution is unsatisfactory.

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