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This census was taken on January 14, 1861 and applied to the residents as of the previous night (January 13, 1861).<br>
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== Record Description  ==
 
== 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.&nbsp;
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This census was taken on January 14, 1861 and applied to the residents as of the previous night (January 13, 1861).  
  
=== Record Content<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.
  
'''Key genealogical facts found in the 1861 Ontario Census are:'''<br>
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The Census contains the 1861 census for the province of Ontario. At this time Ontario was not yet part of the Dominion of Canada, but was called Canada West. The census taker took the information on the census day starting January 14, 1861. Census takers were asked to record information about all those who were in each household on the census 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 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 and there were many variations from location to location.
  
*Name
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Canadian census records were taken to enumerate the population for representation, taxation, and other purposes.
*Gender
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*Marital Status
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*Race
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*Residence
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*Profession
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*Family members
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== How to Use the Record  ==
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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.
  
&nbsp;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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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
== Record History  ==
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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.
  
The Census contains the 1861 census for the province of Ontario. At this time Ontario was not yet part of the Dominion of Canada, but was called Canada West. The census taker took the information on the census day starting January 14, 1861. Census takers were asked to record information about all those who were in each household on the census 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 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 and there were many variations from location to location.  
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{{Collection citation | text= "Ontario Census, 1861." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Board of Registration and Statistics. Public Archives, Toronto.}}
  
=== <br>Why this Record was Created  ===
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Canadian census records were taken to enumerate the population for representation, taxation, and other purposes.
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== Record Content  ==
  
=== <br>Record Reliability  ===
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These census records may contain the following information:
  
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.
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*Name of resident
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*Gender
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*Age
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*Marital status
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*Religion
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*Place of birth
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*Approximate year of birth
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*Place of residence
  
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== How to Use the Record  ==
  
== Related Web Sites  ==
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To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
  
This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.
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*Name of ancestor
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*Approximate year and place of residence
  
== Related Wiki Articles ==
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==== Search the Collection ====
  
[[Canada Census|Canada Census]]
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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.
  
=== Contributions to This Article ===
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==== Using the Information ====
  
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When you have located the record of your ancestor, the following can help you further your research:
  
== Sources of This Collection<br> ==
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*Use the calculated birth year and birthplace to search for a birth record in the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1805649 Ontario, Births and Baptisms, 1779-1899] collection
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->"Census returns for Canada West, 1861 (Ontario)," database, FamilySearch; from Canada. 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--> <br>
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==== General Information About These Records  ====
  
==== How to Cite Your Sources  ====
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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.
  
An example of citing these records is: Canada Board of Registration and Statistics. Census page. From FamilySearch Internet ([http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org], April 23, 2010). Charles E. Hart, male, 7, residence: East Zorra, Oxford, Ontario, sheet number 15, line number 20.
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== Related Websites  ==
  
''Instructions for citing this source can be found at:&nbsp;[[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]''&nbsp;
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*[http://www.geneofun.on.ca/db.php?database=ogwcensus&template=ogwcensus-coONT.html&search=YRCODE&find=ONT1861&sort=TWP Ontario Genweb Census Project]
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*[http://archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22Canada.%20Board%20of%20registration%20and%20statistics%22 Canada census on archive.org]
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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== Related Wiki Articles ==
  
When you copy information from the record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find th record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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*[[Canada Census|Canada Census]]
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*[[Ontario|Ontario]]
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*[[Ontario Census|Ontario Census]]
  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
 
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*United States. Bureau of Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet ([http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org]: Setpemper 29.2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B,line 71.
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*Mexico, Districto Federal, Catholic Church Records 1886-1933, digital imagbes, from FamilySearch Internet ([http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org]: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Femandez Jimenez, 1 Feb, 1910, San Pedro Apostol, Cuahimalpa, Districto Federal, Mexico Film number 0227023
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Contents

Record Description

This census was taken on January 14, 1861 and applied to the residents as of the previous night (January 13, 1861).

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.

The Census contains the 1861 census for the province of Ontario. At this time Ontario was not yet part of the Dominion of Canada, but was called Canada West. The census taker took the information on the census day starting January 14, 1861. Census takers were asked to record information about all those who were in each household on the census 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 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 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.

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.

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


Record Content

These census records may contain the following information:

  • Name of resident
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Religion
  • Place of birth
  • Approximate year of birth
  • Place of residence

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.

Using the Information

When you have located the record of your ancestor, the following can help you further your research:

General Information About These Records

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

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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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.