Canada Census, 1851 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Record Description  ==
  
== Collection Time Period<br> ==
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This Collection will include records for 1851.<br>  
  
Colonial, provincial, and local governments conducted censuses in 1851.  
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Census returns are recorded on large sheets of paper that are divided into rows and columns. The schedules were arranged by province and then further divided into census districts and subdistricts.  
  
== Record Description<br> ==
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The census for 1851 was conducted in January 1852. The completed forms were sent to the Board of Registration and Statistics and later to the Department of Agriculture. Enumeration was by census district. Census districts were voting districts, not counties, although most have the same names as counties. For the most part, census districts were synonymous with cities and counties, and subdistricts were synonymous with towns, townships, and city wards. Villages, small towns, and parishes were generally enumerated as part of the township in which they were located. Census district and county boundaries were not always the same.
  
Census returns are recorded on large sheets of paper that are divided into rows and columns. The schedules were arranged by province and then further divided into census districts and subdistricts.  
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Colonial, provincial, and local governments conducted censuses in 1851.&nbsp;
  
=== Record Content<br> ===
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Canadian census records were taken to enumerate the population for representation, taxation, and other purposes.
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Censuses are generally reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant and the care taken by the census enumerator. Information may have been given to a census taker by any family member or by a neighbor, so some information may be incorrect or may have been deliberately falsified.
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
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== Record Content  ==
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Important genealogical information in the 1851 census:
  
*Important genealogical information in the 1851census:
 
 
*Full name  
 
*Full name  
 
*Age at next birthday (can be used to calculate approximate birth year)  
 
*Age at next birthday (can be used to calculate approximate birth year)  
*Sex
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*Gender
 
*Religion  
 
*Religion  
 
*Occupation  
 
*Occupation  
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*Cause of death during year  
 
*Cause of death during year  
 
*Town, village, or township of residence
 
*Town, village, or township of residence
 
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== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
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Canadian census records are the best source to use for quickly identifying a family group and residence. Use the place of residence and the birthplace for each individual, along with his or her age to search for other record types. The census lists other persons living in the same household and may identify individuals for whom other records do not exist. Returns for many counties are incomplete. Returns are missing for the following counties: Shefford and Stanstead counties (Québec); Russell and Simcoe counties (Ontario); Gloucester, Kent, and Queens Counties (New Brunswick) as well as the City of Saint John (New Brunswick); all counties of Nova Scotia except Halifax and Kings.  
 
Canadian census records are the best source to use for quickly identifying a family group and residence. Use the place of residence and the birthplace for each individual, along with his or her age to search for other record types. The census lists other persons living in the same household and may identify individuals for whom other records do not exist. Returns for many counties are incomplete. Returns are missing for the following counties: Shefford and Stanstead counties (Québec); Russell and Simcoe counties (Ontario); Gloucester, Kent, and Queens Counties (New Brunswick) as well as the City of Saint John (New Brunswick); all counties of Nova Scotia except Halifax and Kings.  
  
== Record History<br> ==
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=== Searching The Index  ===
  
The census for 1851 was conducted in January 1852. The completed forms were sent to the Board of Registration and Statistics and later to the Department of Agriculture. Enumeration was by census district. Census districts were voting districts, not counties, although most have the same names as counties. For the most part, census districts were synonymous with cities and counties, and subdistricts were synonymous with towns, townships, and city wards. Villages, small towns, and parishes were generally enumerated as part of the township in which they were located. Census district and county boundaries were not always the same.  
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
  
=== Why This Collection Was Created? ===
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
Canadian census records were taken to enumerate the population for representation, taxation, and other purposes.  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Canada Census 1851 Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
 
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=== Record Reliability  ===
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Censuses are generally reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant and the care taken by the census enumerator. Information may have been given to a census taker by any family member or by a neighbor, so some information may be incorrect or may have been deliberately falsified.  
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== Related Web Sites ==
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== Related Websites ==
  
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[http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/census-1851/index-e.html Canada Census, 1851]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[Canada 1871 Census Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Canada 1871 Census Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Canada|Canada]]
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*[[Canada Census|Canada Census&nbsp;]]
  
=== Contributions to This Article  ===
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== Sources of Information for This Collection:  ==
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<!--bibdescbegin-->Canada Census, 1851. Index. FamilySearch. http://familysearch.org/: Census. Canada, Ottowa, Ontario. FHL microfilm, 120 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. <!--bibdescend-->
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
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*United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet([http://www.familysearch,org www.familysearch,org]: September 29, 2006). Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base adn Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71.
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*Mexico, Districto Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from Familysearch Internet ([http://www.familysearch,org www.familysearch,org]: April 22, 2010), Bapistm of Adolfo Femandex Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apostol, Cauhimalpa, Districto Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023
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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Canada Census 1851 .

Contents

Record Description

This Collection will include records for 1851.

Census returns are recorded on large sheets of paper that are divided into rows and columns. The schedules were arranged by province and then further divided into census districts and subdistricts.

The census for 1851 was conducted in January 1852. The completed forms were sent to the Board of Registration and Statistics and later to the Department of Agriculture. Enumeration was by census district. Census districts were voting districts, not counties, although most have the same names as counties. For the most part, census districts were synonymous with cities and counties, and subdistricts were synonymous with towns, townships, and city wards. Villages, small towns, and parishes were generally enumerated as part of the township in which they were located. Census district and county boundaries were not always the same.

Colonial, provincial, and local governments conducted censuses in 1851. 

Canadian census records were taken to enumerate the population for representation, taxation, and other purposes.

Censuses are generally reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant and the care taken by the census enumerator. Information may have been given to a census taker by any family member or by a neighbor, so some information may be incorrect or may have been deliberately falsified.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Canada Board of Registration and Statistics. Canada Census, 1851. Public Archives of Canada, Ontario, Canada.

Record Content

Important genealogical information in the 1851 census:

  • Full name
  • Age at next birthday (can be used to calculate approximate birth year)
  • Gender
  • Religion
  • Occupation
  • Whether married or single
  • Whether born during
  • Cause of death during year
  • Town, village, or township of residence

How to Use the Records

Canadian census records are the best source to use for quickly identifying a family group and residence. Use the place of residence and the birthplace for each individual, along with his or her age to search for other record types. The census lists other persons living in the same household and may identify individuals for whom other records do not exist. Returns for many counties are incomplete. Returns are missing for the following counties: Shefford and Stanstead counties (Québec); Russell and Simcoe counties (Ontario); Gloucester, Kent, and Queens Counties (New Brunswick) as well as the City of Saint John (New Brunswick); all counties of Nova Scotia except Halifax and Kings.

Searching The Index

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

Canada Census, 1851

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.