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The census day for Canada was June 24th, 1906. This collection contains indexes of the Northwest Provinces of Canada.
A number was assigned to a district, a letter to a sub-district and a number to a subdivision of a sub-district. Some sub-districts also have a number, i.e. "a(1)" means sub-district "a1" and "a1" means sub-district "a", subdivision "1".
National census records are arranged by province and within provinces by census districts and subdistricts. Census districts are voting districts, not counties. Although a voting district may have the same name as a county, it may not include the same townships. In some provinces, townships are equivalent to census subdistricts.
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. Contemporary maps of the census districts have been lost or destroyed.
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 few 19th-century censuses that list names have been found. They mostly contain statistical summaries.
There are some printed forms that have been taken English and French. The responses that the people gave to the enumerator, were either in English or French.
The Canada Census article has more details.
Census records may contain the following information:
- Full name
- Marital status
- Relationship to head of household
- Place of birth
- Approximate year of birth
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- Name of ancestor
- Approximate year and place of residence
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General Information About These Records
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.
- Index to the 1906 Census of the Northwest Provinces
- Census of the Northwest Provinces, 1906
- 1906 Census on Rootsweb
- Canada Census Records Online from CensusFinder.com
- Census Records in Canada from AllCensusRecords.com
- Canadian Census Tutorial
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- "Canada Census, 1906." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Census and Statistics Office. Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.
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