Current Projects

People in Motion is a collaboration of the colleges of Arts, Agriculture and Management and Economics at Guelph, with support from colleagues at Alberta, Montreal and Minnesota, to develop longitudinal data from historical Canadian censuses. Contact: Kris Inwood

The 1871 Census Project is creating page-based samples of the 1871 and 1891 Canadian censuses and the 1871 Scottish census. Contact Kris Inwood or Graeme Morton.

James Jensen‘s PhD project is a micro-history of Scottish migrants to the rural communities of mid-western Ontario.  This trans-Atlantic research links those in Canada with families and communities in Scotland in order to uncover the unique networks available to Scottish emigrants and their ability to affect change within their own sphere of influence.

Kevin James examines tourism in 19th and early 20th century Ireland and contributes to the Tourism History Working Group. His recent book Handloom Weavers in Ulster’s Linen Industry, 1815-1914 (Dublin: Four Courts Press) builds on census evidence of households in the labour market in this period.

Richard Reid and Adam Arenson are examining the cross-border mobility patterns of black British North Americans during the 1850s and 1860s.

Greg Kennedy and Kris Inwood are developing a Social Profile of Enumerators in the 1871 and 1891 censuses as a way of understanding the census process and the relationship between local communities and the Canadian state. Contact: Greg Kennedy or Kris Inwood.

First Nations and the Census is a collaborative effort by Michelle Hamilton at UWO and Kris Inwood at Guelph to improve our understanding of the way in which aboriginal and mixed-race communities were enumerated and the significance of this information process for the First Nations. Contact: Michelle Hamilton or Kris Inwood

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