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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.  
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These records include a population census of Prince Edward Island that was recorded in 1861. Prince Edward Island was not yet part of the Dominion of Canada. The records also includes agricultural censuses at the end of each county or township.  
  
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>&nbsp;
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Census schedules were taken on large sheets of paper with pre-printed rows and columns. They are bound into volumes, arranged by county, then by township and enumeration district.  
  
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>&nbsp;
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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.  
  
This census was taken in 1861 for the census year 1860.<br>&nbsp;
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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.  
  
 
Canadian census records were taken to enumerate the population for representation, taxation, and other purposes.  
 
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.
 
 
This census records only the name of the head of household, along with information about the other members of the household.
 
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published on FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.&nbsp;
 
 
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== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
  
Key genealogical facts found in the 1861 Prince Edward Island Census are:  
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'''Census records''' may contain the following information:  
  
 
*Name of head of household  
 
*Name of head of household  
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*Religion  
 
*Religion  
 
*Residence  
 
*Residence  
*Profession of head of household&nbsp;
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*Profession of head of household
  
 
== 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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To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
  
==== Beginning Your Search  ====
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*Name of ancestor
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*Approximate place and year of residence
  
To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
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==== Search the Collection  ====
  
*Ancestor's name  
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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 people 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.
*Approximate year of birth
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*Occupation
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As you are searching, it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
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==== General Information About These Records  ====
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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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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.
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== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
[http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mvreid/pei/peidbidx.html Prince Edward Island Database projects]  
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*[[Canada History Links]]
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*[[Canada Historic Maps]]
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*[http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mvreid/pei/peidbidx.html Prince Edward Island Database projects]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[Prince Edward Island]]  
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*[[Prince Edward Island Genealogy|Prince Edward Island]]  
 
*[[Prince Edward Island Census]]
 
*[[Prince Edward Island Census]]
  
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== How You Can Contribute ==
  
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== Citation for This Collection ==
  
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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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published on FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
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{{Collection citation | text= "Prince Edward Island Census, 1861" Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Board of Registration and Statistics. Public Archives, Ottawa.}}
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Contents

Record Description

These records include a population census of Prince Edward Island that was recorded in 1861. Prince Edward Island was not yet part of the Dominion of Canada. The records also includes agricultural censuses at the end of each county or township.

Census schedules were taken on large sheets of paper with pre-printed 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. 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.

Record Content

Census records may contain the following information:

  • 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

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

  • Name of ancestor
  • Approximate place and year 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 people 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.

As you are searching, it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

General Information About These Records

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.

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.

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Citation for This Collection

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

"Prince Edward Island Census, 1861" Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Board of Registration and Statistics. Public Archives, Ottawa.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

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