Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Canada Prisons

I have tooted the Sessional Papers of the Dominion of Canada before, they are rich with information about the country at that time and of our ancestors. The Sessional Papers contain documents tabled to the House of Commons, mostly by Government Departments, but also by Royal Commissions, Task Forces and Census. Some years the reports of different departments are terse, other years they are more detailed with names, addresses, wages, dates, etc. These are not just names of government employees (eg PostMasters, Indian Affairs, etc) but also people or companies granted certain licenses or paid for work done.

At the front of each set of papers, go past the Alphabetical Index to the List of Contents, tells you what is covered in each volume for that year, so you know where to look. Not all reports were printed, so going through the paper you may find some of the Numbers of the volume missing. Some of the unpublished documents can be found at places like Queen's University Library in Kingston, Ontario.


Here is an example of detailed Reports from Prisons.

This sample is from 1903, volume 13.  I am linking only to the pages that list names, but the whole section is pretty interesting.

Search google images with [name of prison] and again with [name of prison] + inmates.

Related Links

Prisoners at Kingston, ON - names, where sentenced, the crime

Recommitments at Kingston - name, crime, where sentenced, date, term

Recommitments at St Vincent de Paul, QC - Dorchester, NB - Manitoba and BC

Convicts Pardoned or Paroled

Convict deaths and list of insane convicts

Convicts who served terms in prison isolation

Kingston salaries and expenditures

St Vincent de Paul salaries and expenditures

Dorchester salaries and expenditures

Manitoba salaries and expenditures

BC salaries and expenditures

List of Officers - date of birth, apt dates, salaries

Regina Jail, SK - list of convicts

Regina, pardons and commutation of death sentence

Regina salaries and expenditures

Prince Albert Penitentiary, SK - list of convicts

Prince Albert recommitments

Prince Albert officers, salaries and expenditures

Canada's Penitentiary Museum

Canadian Sessional Papers at McGill University

How to search Kingston Inmate history description ledgers at LAC

General Index to the Sessional Papers printed by the House of Lords, UK 1801-1859

British Sessional Papers at McGill University

List of Canadian Correctional Workers who have died in the line of duty

Personnes incarcérées dans les prisons de Québec au 19esiècle

Related Post: Sessional Papers of Dominion of Canada

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