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Available Searches

There are several search pages on this site, which allow you to search the various kinds of data available here. Click one of the links below to go to that search page.

Search for religions in the census
Select this search option to see religions of the people, as recorded on census schedules for 1881, 1891 and 1901. You can determine the number and the names of persons affiliated with each religion. You can also determine statistical changes over time among religious denominations.
Search for occupations in the census
Click here for information on the occupations recorded on census schedules for 1881, 1891 and 1901 and to identify all persons enumerated with specific occupations. For example, you can identity every person who was enumerated as baker in the three censuses.
Search for employers in city directories
Click here to identify the names of employers listed in city directories for Nanaimo and Victoria. The names of firms and businesses are listed here. Anyone identified as an employee of these firms or businesses will also be listed here.
Search for occupations in the city directories
Click here for information about occupations that appear on the city directories for Nanaimo and Victoria. Some of these occupations are distinct from occupations recorded on the official census.
Search First Nations in 1881
This option allows you to search for information about First Nations people and native communities on Vancouver Island, as they were described on the 1881 census.
Search enumeration areas
This function will provide you with information on census districts and sub-districts on Vancouver Island in 1881 and 1891.
Main Search Options
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