Prince Edward Island Census 1861 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Collection Time Period  ==
 
== Collection Time Period  ==
  
This census was taken in 1861 for the census year 1860.<br>
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This census was taken in 1861 for the census year 1860.<br>  
  
 
== 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.  
  
=== Record Content ===
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=== Record Content ===
  
 
This census records only the name of the head of household, along with information about the other members of the household.  
 
This census records only the name of the head of household, along with information about the other members of the household.  
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== How to Use this Record  ==
 
== How to Use this 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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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>  
  
 
== Record History  ==
 
== Record History  ==
  
The Census contains the 1861 census for the province of Prince Edward Island. 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.<br>
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The Census contains the 1861 census for the province of Prince Edward Island. 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.<br>  
  
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. This census covers the population of Prince Edward Island in 1861.<br>
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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. This census covers the population of Prince Edward Island in 1861.<br>  
  
 
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
 
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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 Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].  
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].  
  
==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ====
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==== Example of a Source Citation for a Record in This Collection  ====
  
"Prince Edward Island Census, 1861." index and images, [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog ''FamilySearch''] accessed 1 April 2011). entry for Thomas James, Township/Lot 29, Queens; citing Census Records FHL micorfilm 899,940; Canada Board of Registration and Statistics, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
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"Prince Edward Island Census, 1861." index and images, [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog ''FamilySearch''] accessed 1 April 2011). entry for Thomas James, Township/Lot 29, Queens; citing Census Records FHL micorfilm 899,940; Canada Board of Registration and Statistics, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  
  
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== Citation for This Collection  ==
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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.&nbsp;
  
 
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Information about creataing source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article&nbsp;[[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].&nbsp;
  
 
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Revision as of 21:54, 28 December 2011

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Contents

Collection Time Period

This census was taken in 1861 for the census year 1860.

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.

Record Content

This census records only the name of the head of household, along with information about the other members of the household.

Key genealogical facts found in the 1861 Prince Edward Island Census are:

  • Name of head of household
  • Number and age of individuals in household
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Residence
  • Profession of head of household 

How to Use this 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.

Record History

The Census contains the 1861 census for the province of Prince Edward Island. 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. This census covers the population of Prince Edward Island in 1861.

Why the Record Was Created

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

Record Reliability

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.

Related Websites

Prince Edward Island Database projects

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Example of a Source Citation for a Record in This Collection

"Prince Edward Island Census, 1861." index and images, FamilySearch accessed 1 April 2011). entry for Thomas James, Township/Lot 29, Queens; citing Census Records FHL micorfilm 899,940; Canada Board of Registration and Statistics, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Citation for This Collection

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. 

"Prince Edward Island Census, 1861," index, 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.

Information about creataing source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections