The only currently known maps of the Montreal census districts are
those on the Library
and Archives Canada web site. Those maps are somewhat difficult to
read and in many cases do not show actual street names. Those district
outlines have been transfered onto a modern Montreal map.
Although the names of some streets have changed in the interim years,
this map will make it much easier to identify what district a street
may be in. There are no known maps of the subdistricts.
The map shows the
location of the following districts:
- District 179: Ste. Anne
- District 180: St. Antoine
- District 181: St. Jacques / St. James
- District 182: St. Laurent / St. Lawrence
- District 183: Ste. Marie / Ste. Mary
- District 162: Jacques Cartier
- District 172: Maisonneuve
Note that the exact boundary between Jacques Cartier and Maisonneuve is
unclear. Also, the the boundary between St. Mary and Maisonneuve varies
depending on which original map you trust. Nevertheless, for the areas
in which most Jewish immigrants lived, this map
Each district is divided into subdistricts (numbered from 1). Each
subdistrict bears the name of a "ward". The ward is often the same as
the district name, but not always. A given ward may cover many
subdistricts. Details are at http://www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/1911/006003-300-e.html
If you have access to the Lovell's City Directory for Montreal, the
street index usually gives the name of the ward which can help narrow
The following table gives the most common ward names for the districts.
There is currently no street index for Montreal, telling
which subdistricts you need to search. Until a full
street index is created, there is no choice but to review each sheet of
each subdistrict or the appropriate ward or district.