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Enumeration for the 1911 census began 1 June 1911.
These records include population schedules of the census. They also contain indexes to population schedules of the census. The official census date was June 1st. The national government of Canada has taken censuses every ten years since 1871, and every five years since 1971.
Provinces in Canada were divided into districts, which were then subdivided into sub-districts. Each district received a number and each sub-district was assigned a second number. In the more-populated areas of Canada, schedule 1 was used to record the residence, date of birth, immigration information occupation and other details. In the less-populated areas, schedule A1 was used to record the month of birth, age, place of birth, the marital status, and religion.
Census records give you details about individuals and their families. They are useful for finding people and their families at a time and place. Census records are often checked first by researchers because a large amount of information may be given about individuals within a family group.
Since the boundaries varied from census to census, it is not easy to tell which Census District an eastern Canadian township or western Canadian village was in.
Census records may contain the following information:
- Name of each person in family
- Place of residence
- Relationship to head of household
- Marital status
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Year of immigration
- Year of naturalization
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- “Canada Census, 1911.” Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.
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