My great-grandparents came to Canada from Romania. They travelled by boat (arrived Halifax Jan 1924) and then took the train to Saskatchewan to become farmers.

They stayed with a cousin around the Viscount area and then later settled in Bruno, Sask.

I looked for all of my relatives' names and could not find them on the 1926 census.


What are some reasons why they would not show up there?

The passenger list is here for one ancestor:

Canada, Ocean Arrivals (Form 30A), 1919-1924

The story about staying with a cousin in Viscount is a family story.

John (Joan, Johann etc) Heber 1896

Mary Yost (Maria Jost) 1898

Mary Heber 1921

Elizabeth Heber 1923

Cousin Anton Tittle(Tuttle, Tettle) Viscount

  • 1
    Could you add to your question a list of the source material you have which establishes the timeline for when they were in Saskatchewan? In other words, is the passenger list you referred to the only source you have so far? If you know that they stayed with the cousin in the Viscount area from a story which has been passed down in the family, it helps to say that so we know where the information comes from.
    – Jan Murphy
    Mar 26 '19 at 7:13
  • Thanks! I've edited your shared document to label the link, so people can see at a glance which collection the arrival information came from.
    – Jan Murphy
    Mar 26 '19 at 14:57
  • They were somewhere else
  • They didn't get enumerated for some reason.
  • The enumerator spelled their names "oddly" (i.e, not in the way you expected)

Have you looked through the images yourself? (rather than relying on the all-to-fallible index)? Even today, Bruno is only about 500 people.

  • That would have been my answer: go through every single scan online. Every page. Remember, sometimes families were added at the end of the ED. Some pages are damaged and some pages are badly transcribed for other reasons. Mar 25 '19 at 4:37
  • No luck so far. Mar 25 '19 at 11:21

It is very difficult to determine if your ancestors are in fact missing from the 1926 Census, or if you just haven't been able to find them.

Note specifically the fields that the 1926 Prairie Province Census allows you to search:

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This is actually one of the richer searches you'll find for any set of records anywhere.


  1. Surname: Try searching all possible spellings. Look at your other records and think how they may be misinterpreted. Take advantage of the wildcard ability.

  2. Given Names: Generally, leave this blank (or use wildcards), or try just a given name and no surname.

  3. The Age is one way you can really narrow down people. Do you know the age your gg-parents would have been in 1926? Even if you think you do, try one and two years older and younger as well.

  4. Province: In your case, always specify Saskatchewan.

You should also look for the Uncle they were joining. It looks from your Passenger Declaration to be "Anton Gittel" or something similar. He was in Viscount, Saskatchewan.

Look through the Districts and Sub-districts list to find Viscount and you'll find it in District 19 - Humboldt, Sub-districts 27, 28 and 29.

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Use the district number in the custom search to look for the uncle and his family and maybe your grandparents as well.

Bruno is also in District 19 - Humboldt, but Sub-districts 55 and 56.

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You should be able to find death records, cemetery burial information and/or other information that might give you additional clues as to why you can't find them in the 1926 Census. Dave Obee has an excellent guide for Canadian Genealogy that includes Saskatchewan resources.

  • No luck so far. I tried the suggestions. Mar 27 '19 at 11:51

Louis is a well known genealogist for the Canadian prairies and I agree with his suggestions, as the spelling of the name varies from resource to resource especially for Eastern Europeans. Also, do some contextual research into the town of Viscount; an under-used resource are the local community history books which highlight the family histories of families, as well as Henderson's directories. Peel's Prairie Provinces will be helpful to you: http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/collections.html and look into the Eastern European Genealogical Society: https://eegsociety.org/Home.aspx

I've highlighted other resources in my Saskatchewan article: http://ukcdngenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/06/finding-your-ancestors-in-saskatchewan.html

Good luck!

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