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This census only includes the three prairie provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.
The national government of Canada has taken censuses every ten years since 1871 and every five years since 1971. The 1871 census covers the four original provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario. The first coast-to-coast census was taken in 1881. Newfoundland was not part of Canada until 1949. For Newfoundland, there are few, found 19th-century censuses that list names. They mostly contain statistical summaries.
These censuses list a large quantity of the population in the areas surveyed. However, portions of some have been lost, and some areas within the provinces were missed by the census takers.
Census records may contain the following information:
- Full name of resident
- Marital Status
- Relationship to head of household
- Place of birth
- Approximate year of birth
- Immigration Year
- Military Service
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- Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
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- If you still cannot determine the district, search neighboring census districts for your locality.
- These censuses list a large proportion of the population. Unfortunately, portions of some have been lost, and some geographical areas within the provinces were missed by the census takers.
- Check for variant spellings of the names.
- Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. In addition local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
- Search the records of nearby localities.
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