Canada, Lower Canada Census, 1842 (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Canada, Lower Canada Census, 1842 .
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|Title in the Language||Canada, recensement du Bas-Canada|
|Public Archives, Ontario|
- 1 What Is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues With This Collection
- 7 Citing This Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What Is in This Collection?
This collection covers the 1842 census. Census returns are recorded on large sheets of paper that are divided into rows and columns. The schedules were arranged by locality. The records are mostly in English; however some contain French.
This census was created to record and enumerate the population in the British-controlled parts of Canada.
The Lower Canada census was created to enumerate the population. Although the first national Canadian census did not occur until 1871, many local and colonial censuses were taken before this date. The Lower Canada Census 1842 is an example of a census created before the confederation of Canada in 1867
To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Canada, Lower Canada Census, 1842.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?
Census records usually contain the following information:
- Name of the head of each family
- Whether or not proprietor of real property
- Whether or not entitled to vote
- Profession, occupation or trade of head of family
- Total number of persons living in each family
- Total number, male and female, temporarily absent
How Do I Search the Collection?
You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- The name of a relative or date of the event
Search the Index
Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
- Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.
- Select County/Distric
- Select Locality/Sub-district
How Do I Analyze the Results?
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.
More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Canada, Lower Canada Census, 1842. Click on camera icon to see images.
What Do I Do Next?
I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Try looking for your ancestor in other Canadian Censuses.
- Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, marriage, land and death records.
- Use the information to find additional family members.
- Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
- Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?
- Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
- Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name, especially French versions.
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
- Search the indexes and records of Canada Genealogy.
- Search in the Canada Archives and Libraries.
- Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog
Known Issues With This Collection
Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.
For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
Citing This Collection
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
- "Canada, Lower Canada Census, 1842" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Library and Archives. Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.
Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):
The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Canada, Lower Canada Census, 1842.
The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Canada, Lower Canada Census, 1842.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.
Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.