Recently I found an old book called "Report of the Superintendent of Insurance of the Dominion of Canada for the Year Ending 31st December 1890"
The book was published in 1891 in Ottawa, Canada, and included in
its pages are approximately 60 pages of names of
shareholders and guarantors for various Insurance and
Assurance Companies across Canada.
The date for the list of names is 1890 and the wonderful
thing about these is that they include people from all over
Canada, as well as USA and Europe.
Each individual has a residence listed, in some cases, an
actual street address. What really intrigued me about these
lists was that the residences included such places as:
Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Scotland, New York,
Quebec, Vermont, Pennsylvania, NWT, England, Illinois,
Newfoundland, Manitoba, Cape Breton, Jamaica, Ireland,
Kentucky, Tennessee, Massachussets, Connecticut, Rhode
Jersey, Channel Islands, and Wales.
These lists can be used simply to verify that an individual
lived in a certain place in 1890. They also contain quite a
bit of detail for some entries, which are terrific clues
for further research.