Nova Scotia Census 1861 Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Nova Scotia Census 1861 Index-- This wiki article describes a collection that is available for free online at FamilySearch Record Search--Pilot Site. To access the collection, see [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#c=1460163;p=collectionDetails;t=searchable Nova Scotia Census 1861 Index].<br>
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{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1460163|title=Nova Scotia Census 1861|location=Canada}}<br>  
  
== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
This census was taken in 1861.<br>
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Census schedules were taken on large sheets of paper with preprinted rows and columns. They are bound into volumes, arranged by county, then by township and enumeration district.  
  
== Collection History  ==
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This census was taken in 1861.&nbsp;
  
The Census contains the 1861 census for the province of Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia census day was March 30th, 1860. Census takers were asked to record information about all those who were in each household on the census day, as well as any who have died since that day. A census taker might have visited a house on a later date, but the information he collected was supposed to be about the people who were in the house on the census day. 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, and there were many variations from location to location.<br>
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The Census contains the 1861 census for the province of Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia census day was March 30, 1860. Census takers were asked to record information about all those who were in each household on the census day, as well as any who have died since that day. A census taker might have visited a house on a later date, but the information he collected was supposed to be about the people who were in the house on the census day. Enumeration was by census district.  
  
=== Why this Collection Was Created  ===
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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, and there were many variations from location to location.
  
Canadian census records were taken to enumerate the population for representation, taxation, and other purposes.<br>
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Canadian census records were taken to enumerate the population for representation, taxation, and other purposes.  
  
=== Collection Reliability  ===
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The accuracy of the census depended on the knowledge of the informant and the care of the enumerator. Realize that the information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or even by a neighbor. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately falsified.<br>
  
The accuracy of the census depended on the knowledge of the informant and the care of the enumerator. Realize that the information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or even by a neighbor. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately falsified.<br>
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
== Collection Description  ==
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
  
Census schedules were taken on large sheets of paper with preprinted rows and columns. They are bound into volumes, arranged by county, then by township and enumeration district.<br>
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=== Collection Content  ===
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== Record Content  ==
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Key genealogical facts found in the 1861 Nova Scotia Census are:
  
*Key genealogical facts found in the 1861 Nova Scotia Census are:
 
 
*Name  
 
*Name  
 
*Gender  
 
*Gender  
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*Family members
 
*Family members
  
== How to Use this Collection ==
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== How to Use the Record  ==
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This census records the birthplace for each person, along with his or her age, and other personal information. Since the census attempted to record all the people living in a household, it may identify individuals for whom other records simply do not exist.<br>
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==== Beginning Your Search  ====
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To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
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*Name of Ancestor
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*Approximate year of birth
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*Place of birth
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==== Searching the Index  ====
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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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== Related Websites ==
  
This census records the birthplace for each person, along with his or her age, and other personal information. Since the census attempted to record all the people living in a household, it may identify individuals for whom other records simply do not exist.<br>
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canns/ Nova Scotia GenWeb Project]
  
== Bibliographic Information ==
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== Related Wiki Articles ==
  
Canada. Nova Scotia. Census returns for Nova Scotia, 1861. Microfilm. Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.<br>
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*[[Canada Census]]
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*[[Nova Scotia]]
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*[[Nova Scotia Census]]
  
== Related Articles ==
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== Contributions to This Article ==
  
[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Canada_Census#Colonial.2C_Provincial.2C_and_Local_Censuses Canada Census]
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
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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.
  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
  
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Revision as of 17:28, 1 November 2012

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Contents

Record Description

Census schedules were taken on large sheets of paper with preprinted rows and columns. They are bound into volumes, arranged by county, then by township and enumeration district.

This census was taken in 1861. 

The Census contains the 1861 census for the province of Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia census day was March 30, 1860. Census takers were asked to record information about all those who were in each household on the census day, as well as any who have died since that day. A census taker might have visited a house on a later date, but the information he collected was supposed to be about the people who were in the house on the census day. 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, and there were many variations from location to location.

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

The accuracy of the census depended on the knowledge of the informant and the care of the enumerator. Realize that the information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or even by a neighbor. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately falsified.

Citation for This Collection

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

Board of Registration and Statistics. Census of Canada, 1861. Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in the 1861 Nova Scotia Census are:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Marital status
  • Race
  • Residence
  • Profession
  • Family members

How to Use the Record

This census records the birthplace for each person, along with his or her age, and other personal information. Since the census attempted to record all the people living in a household, it may identify individuals for whom other records simply do not exist.

Beginning Your Search

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of Ancestor
  • Approximate year of birth
  • Place of birth

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.

Related Websites

Nova Scotia GenWeb Project

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

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.