Prince Edward Island Census 1861 (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Prince Edward Island Census, 1861 .
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|Prince Edward Island, Canada|
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|Location of Prince Edward Island, Canada|
|Record Type||Baptism Index|
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|Library and Archives, Ottawa|
- 1 What is in this Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can this Collection Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in this Collection?
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.
Please Note that 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.
What Can this Collection Tell Me?
Census records may contain the following information:
- Name of head of household
- Number and age of individuals in household
- Profession of head of household
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor.
- The place where your ancestor lived.
- The approximate age of your ancestor.
- The names of family members and their relationships.
Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
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 compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
What Do I Do Next?
When you have located your ancestor’s census record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
- Using the birth information given, it may be useful to try to find a baptism record in the FamilySearch Prince Edward Island Baptism Card Index Collection.
- Take note of other family members and try searching other collections for them as well as the direct line ancestor.
I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?
- Don't forget to try searching the collection using spelling variations on the name spelling or
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.
- "Prince Edward Island Census, 1861" Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Board of Registration and Statistics. Public Archives, Ottawa.
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