Vancouver Island historical censuses


The VIHistory project consists of a collection of statistical databases (in postGres) and an interface which allows searching within each and across the entire collection.

The main technical issues in this project are:

  1. providing a normalized abstraction for the structure of data across various datasets (censuses, business directories, tax records etc.) while maintaining the original structure in each resource
  2. providing a user interface which supports the wide range of audiences (academic scholars through members of the public asking geneological questions)
  3. accommodating new datasets containing new fields in the future