Canada Census Mortality Schedules (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
=== Beginning Your Search  ===
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'''To search this collection using the index:'''
  
To search this collection, it is helpful to know the following information:  
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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.
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Be aware there may be inaccuracies such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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'''To search this collection, it is helpful to know the following information:'''
  
 
*Approximate year of death  
 
*Approximate year of death  
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*Place of birth
 
*Place of birth
  
=== Search the Index  ===
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'''Using the Information:'''
 
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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.
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=== Using the Information ===
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Using the death information, you can search for obituaries, mortuary records, cemeteries, and probate records, all of which may provide additional genealogical information.  
 
Using the death information, you can search for obituaries, mortuary records, cemeteries, and probate records, all of which may provide additional genealogical information.  
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Mortality schedules also list ages and birthplaces for a time period when births were not always reported. Use this information to look for other records that may provide information about the individual, parents, and siblings.  
 
Mortality schedules also list ages and birthplaces for a time period when births were not always reported. Use this information to look for other records that may provide information about the individual, parents, and siblings.  
  
==== Unable to Find Information? ====
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'''Unable to Find Information?'''
  
 
If you haven't found information, consider the following tips to help further your research:  
 
If you haven't found information, consider the following tips to help further your research:  
  
*Search available indexes before using the census records. As indexes may be incomplete or incorrect, if you have reason to believe your ancestor should have been in the census, search the census even if your ancestor is not in the index.
 
 
*Your ancestor might have lived in a different place from where you were looking for the death.  
 
*Your ancestor might have lived in a different place from where you were looking for the death.  
 
*Your ancestor may have used a nickname or a different surname, or the registrar spelled the name wrong. See [[Name Variations in Canadian Indexes and Records]].  
 
*Your ancestor may have used a nickname or a different surname, or the registrar spelled the name wrong. See [[Name Variations in Canadian Indexes and Records]].  

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Title in the Language of the Record

Canada, dénombrement des morts

Record Description

The official enumeration date for this census was April 2, 1871; however, the ages given in the census were to be the ages at their next birthday.

The schedules consist of large preprinted forms filled in by the census enumerators. The forms are printed in French.

Following the Constitution Act, 1867, census taking became a federal mandate. The first census was set for 1871 and every ten years thereafter. Therefore, the first national Canadian census was conducted in 1871.

Enumeration was by census district, except for Prince Edward Island, which was enumerated by lot number. 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 sub districts 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.

Mortality schedules are a national level file of death registers. Using the death information, you can search for obituaries, mortuary records, cemeteries, and probate records, all of which may provide additional genealogical information. Mortality schedules also list ages and birthplaces for a time period when births were not always reported. Use this information to look for other records that may provide information about the individual, parents, and siblings.

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 Department of Agriculture. Canada Mortality Census Schedules. Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in the Mortality Schedules usually contain the following information:

  • Name of Deceased
  • Age of Deceased
  • Born in the last 12 months
  • Religion
  • Place of Birth
  • Month of death
  • Cause of death
  • Marital status
  • Profession or Occupation

How to Use the Record

To search this collection using 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.

Be aware there may be inaccuracies such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

To search this collection, it is helpful to know the following information:

  • Approximate year of death
  • Place where your ancestor last resided
  • Place of birth

Using the Information:

Using the death information, you can search for obituaries, mortuary records, cemeteries, and probate records, all of which may provide additional genealogical information.

Mortality schedules also list ages and birthplaces for a time period when births were not always reported. Use this information to look for other records that may provide information about the individual, parents, and siblings.

Unable to Find Information?

If you haven't found information, consider the following tips to help further your research:

  • Your ancestor might have lived in a different place from where you were looking for the death.
  • Your ancestor may have used a nickname or a different surname, or the registrar spelled the name wrong. See Name Variations in Canadian Indexes and Records.
  • Your ancestor might have lived at a slightly different time from the years you were looking.
  • Not every death was registered.

For more information on how to use the record, go to Canada Census and Canada Vital Records.

Known Issues with This Collection

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