Schroeder learned only a few years ago that that the great "golden age" SF writer A.E. van Vogt grew up in southern Manitoba in the same town as his mother. "His family were Mennonites, too, and my mother remembers the Vogts (he added the "van" later in life)," says Schroeder, "So I'm actually the second SF writer to come out of the area."With birth, death and census records for Canada now more widely available, I thought it worth checking and, indeed, it seems that the man we commonly call Alfred Elton van Vogt was actually born Alfred Vogt.
This was made clear in his naturalization papers, submitted in 1952, which give his name as "formerly" Alfred Vogt.
Neville, in the municipality of Whiska Creek. By 1921, the family had expanded to include Edna and Ira, and Henry was working as a barrister.
In earlier census returns, Henry gives his name as Heinrich, reflecting his ancestry. Heinrich Vogt was born in Manitoba on 9 May 1886, the son of Henry and Ida (or Eda) Vogt, who had emigrated from Russia. Ida was widowed by 1901 and had married again, to Abraham Schmiet, a year or so later. By 1906, they had a combined family of 14 children aged between 1 and 20.
Voter lists show Henry and Agnes Vogt in 1949; by 1962, the two are listed as van Vogt, living at 374 Arlington Street, Winnipeg. Agnes was widowed in the 1960s.