June 2, 2013
1921 Canadian Census is Released! Did You Notice the FanFare & Excitement?
So where was all the excitement? The fanfare, the fireworks, the announcement or press release from LAC? Shrug your shoulders everyone because this is pretty typical of our Canadian government agencies. In case you hadn't realized yet from my writing, there was NO fanfare, NO hoopla, NO rejoicing or shouting out to the public "The 1921 Census is here!!!" Nada. Zip. Nothing
Yes LAC has been plagued with budget cuts and scandal (do the words private Spanish lessons for the Chief Archivist paid for with Archival money ring bells?) and upheaval (the sudden resignation of said Chief Archivist after his odd use of Archive funds exposed). But that is no reason to not highlight this rather important event.
I'm disappointed. Disappointed by Library and Archive Canada's ho-hum attitude. And to be very honest, disappointed that very few bloggers of any nationality have written about the 1921 census over the past few months. To be fair, given the lack of publicity from LAC it is very possible that very few bloggers even knew about it!
And yes, I'm saddened at the limited response to my May 3, 2013 blog post 1921 Canadian Census Countdown - Get Involved! pleading for Canadians in particular to GET INVOLVED by posting questions on the LAC blog - questions about the 1921 census and how/when it will be released to the public and how/when it might be indexed. To GET INVOLVED by writing about the 1921 census release, by getting excited about it and by helping to spread that excitement to our readers.
My fellow blogger Kathyrn Lake Hogan also wrote about this at 1921 Census of Canada Countdown - Where's the Excitement? urging genealogists to blog about the upcoming 1921 census or to leave comments and ask questions on the LAC blog.
So today I feel discouraged. June 1 came and went with no fanfare and no shouting from the rooftops. And there we have it. No word from LAC. Not much excitement anywhere in the blogosphere that I've noticed.
I blame LAC for that lack of excitement. It's not easy to write a blog post shouting out how wonderful it is that the 1921 census is coming when the very people bringing it online are effectively yawning and shrugging their shoulders, displaying a very ho-hum attitude. LAC's lack of response to questions asked on their blog have also effectively silenced bloggers, because what on earth can we write about if we are kept in the dark.
The excitement, build-up and co-ordination behind the release of the 1940 American Census would have been a wonderful model to be used as guidance for LAC. But it's not too late - we can still post our comments, concerns and questions on the LAC blog. Let them know what we, the public, want.
And fellow bloggers, please consider writing about the 1921 census - help spread the word because I believe that not a lot of genealogists are aware it's been released and with any luck be available online (unindexed I'm sure) sometime this year.
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