The machinery of the federal government runs on more than just politicians. There are thousands of people in various government departments who don\’t make speeches and don\’t lobby for votes. I\’m talking about people such as clerks, surveyors, light house keepers, toll agents, and inspectors. If your ancestor was a cog in the machine of the government, you\’ll want to hop over to Canadiana and check out the civil service lists available on there. There are various years available. The majority that I found fell between 1882 and 1918. I did however find one from 1871.
I love Canadiana. It has such a huge amount of digitized material. The amount of material does make searching a little difficult though. Putting civil service list of Canada resulted in over 16,000 results. And that\’s after limiting the results to English ones! Obviously, there aren\’t 16,000 civil service lists, as they only came out once a year. At the end of this post I\’ve tried to wade through and provide the links to as many years as I could to help you out.
To give you an idea of just how many departments make up the federal government, here is the index of departments for the year 1910
These lists have some surprising information in them. Through the various issues, I found information such as
- Department they worked for
- Date of current appointment for current position
- Date of first appointment in Civil Service
- Date of birth