Canada, Lower Census, 1831 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Canada, Lower Canada Census 1831 .
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Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years 1831-1831
Languages English, French
Title in the Language Canada, recensement du Bas-Canada
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Public Archives, Ontario

What is in the Collection?

This collection will include records for 1831.

These records includes an index and images of census records for Lower Canada, more recently called the province of Quebec. Census returns are recorded on large sheets of paper that are divided into rows and columns. The schedules were arranged by province, then further divided into census districts and subdistricts.

For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Collection Content

Sample Images

Records usually contain the following information:

  • Name of Head of each Family
  • Occupation
  • Number of Inhabitants
  • County/District

Other genealogical facts include:

  • Produce raised in the course of last year
  • Number of Buildings in the county
  • Males (Number of Scholars in college)
  • Females (Number of Scholars in college)

How Do I Search the Collection?

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page.

See Images, in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.
Once you've reached the browse page, follow these instructions to get to the images:
⇒Select the appropriate “County/District”
⇒Select the appropriate “Locality/Sub-district”, which will take you to the images.
Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them.

You may need to look at several images or records and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to find and confirm the right records.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?

  • Try looking for your ancestor in other Canadian Censuses.
  • Use the information from the census to locate other records for your ancestor, such as birth or marriage.

What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?

  • Try searching again using variations of the name or possible nicknames your ancestor may have used.

Known Issues with This Collection

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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 Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to 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.

Collection Citation

"Canada, Lower Canada Census, 1831" Database with Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. 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, 1831.

Image Citation

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, 1831.

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