Nova Scotia Census 1861 Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
This census was taken in 1861.  
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These records include the 1861 census for the province of Nova Scotia. The census day was March 30, 1860.  
 
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== Record Description  ==
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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.  
 
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.  
  
== Citation for This Collection  ==
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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.
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
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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.  
  
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Canadian census records were taken to enumerate the population for representation, taxation, and other purposes.  
| text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Board of Registration and Statistics. "Census of Canada, 1861." Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. FHL microfilm, 296 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.<!--bibdescend-->
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Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].  
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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.  
  
=== Record Content  ===
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== Record Content  ==
  
Key genealogical facts found in the 1861 Nova Scotia Census are:  
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Census records usually contain the following information:  
  
*Name Bowlby, Solomon Edward
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*Name  
*Gender m
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*Gender  
 
*Marital status  
 
*Marital status  
*Race w
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*Race  
 
*Residence  
 
*Residence  
 
*Profession  
 
*Profession  
*Family members Margaret elizabeth,
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*Family members
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== 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.<br>
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To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
  
== Record History  ==
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*Name of ancestor
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*Approximate year and place of residence
  
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.
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==== Search the Collection  ====
  
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.  
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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 look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
  
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  
Canadian census records were taken to enumerate the population for representation, taxation, and other purposes.  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips]. <br>
  
=== Record Reliability ===
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==== General Information About This Collection ====
  
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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This census lists 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.  
  
 
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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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]].  
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
  
==== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ====
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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 Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
  
"Nova Scotia Census, 1861," &nbsp;database, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 1 April 2011), Joseph J Brown; citing Census Records, digital folder 4,108,915; image 00163, Canada Board of Registration and Statistics, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  
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{{Collection citation | text= "Nova Scotia Census, 1861" Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Board of Registration and Statistics. Public Archives, Halifax.}}
  
 
[[Category:Nova_Scotia]] [[Category:Canada_census]]
 
[[Category:Nova_Scotia]] [[Category:Canada_census]]

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Contents

Record Description

These records include the 1861 census for the province of Nova Scotia. The census day was March 30, 1860.

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.

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.

Record Content

Census records usually contain the following information:

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

How to Use the Record

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

  • Name of ancestor
  • Approximate year and place of residence

Search the Collection

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 look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

General Information About This Collection

This census lists 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.

Related Websites

Nova Scotia GenWeb Project

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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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.

"Nova Scotia Census, 1861" Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Board of Registration and Statistics. Public Archives, Halifax.