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This collection contains card indexes to census records from the years 1831-1856.
The census records from the years 1831-1856 were taken by the Hudson's Bay Company.
The first census of Manitoba with names of each member of the household was taken in 1870. It includes name, age, birthplace, religion, and citizenship. There is a surname index to this census. Census returns for Manitoba with names of each member of the household were also taken in 1881, 1891, 1901, and 1911.
The pre-1870 census returns of Manitoba (Red River Settlement) list the heads of households and some other information such as, age, religion, country of birth, married or widowed, number of sons and daughters, and agricultural data (for example, the number of livestock, the number of buildings, and the number of acres under cultivation). Almost all of these censuses were taken by the Hudson’s Bay Company.
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- Public Archives of Canada. Manitoba Census Indexes. Provincial Archives of Manitoba, Winnipeg.
Key genealogical facts found in the Census Indexes may include the following information:
- Place and date of birth
- Name of spouse
- Relationship to the head of household
- Age at the time of census
- Household number and page number
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Beginning Your Search
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- Place of birth
Using the Information
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- You can use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
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- If listed, you can find the occupation of the individual thus allowing you to look into employment, school or military records.
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- Try searching through the birth registers, that will aid you in finding the birthplace and the name of the ancestor recorded, and will aid you in finding the residence of the ancestor as well.
- If you can't find your ancestors in this collection, try searching through the Canadian census collection. That will help you find the page number as well as some family members.
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“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clemtina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata.
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