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''[[Canada Genealogy|Canada]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Prince Edward Island Genealogy|Prince Edward Island]]''
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== 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.
 
 
 
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;
 
 
 
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;
 
 
 
This census was taken in 1861 for the census year 1860.<br>&nbsp;
 
 
 
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.  
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| title = Prince Edward Island Census, 1861
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| LOC_01 = Prince Edward Island
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| record_type = Baptism Index
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| start_year = 1861
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| end_year = 1861
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| language = English
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| FS_URL_02 = [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=309&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Canada%2C%20Prince%20Edward%20Island%22 Online FamilySearch Catalog Search]
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| FS_URL_03 = [[Prince Edward Island Genealogy|Prince Edwards Island]]
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| FS_URL_04 = [[Prince Edward Island Census]]
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| FS_URL_05 = [[Prince Edward Island Online Genealogy Records]]
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| FS_URL_06 = [[Canada Historic Maps]]
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| FS_URL_07 = [[Library and Archives Canada]]
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| FS_URL_08 = [[Canada History Links]]
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| RW_URL_01 = [http://peigs.ca/ Prince Edward Island Genealogical Society]
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| RW_URL_02 = [http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mvreid/pei/peidbidx.html Prince Edward Island Database projects]
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| custodian = [http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/Pages/home.aspx Library and Archives, Ottawa]
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=== Citation for This Collection ===
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== What is in 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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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.  
  
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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. 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.  
| text=<!--bibdescbegin-->Canada Board of Registration and Statistics. Prince Edward Island census, 1861. Public Archives of Canada.<!--bibdescend-->}}
 
  
== Record Content  ==
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== What Can these Records Tell Me? ==
  
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  
 
*Number and age of individuals in household  
 
*Number and age of individuals in household  
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*Birthplace
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*Age
 
*Race  
 
*Race  
 
*Religion  
 
*Religion  
 
*Residence  
 
*Residence  
*Profession of head of household&nbsp;
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*Profession of head of household
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor
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*The name of a relative or date of the event
  
== How to Use this Record  ==
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=== Search the Index ===
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Search by name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1460172 Collection Page].
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#Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
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#Click '''Search''' to show possible matches
  
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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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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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.
  
==== Beginning Your Search  ====
 
  
To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
*Ancestor's name
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1460172 Prince Edward Island Census, 1861]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
*Approximate year of birth
 
*Occupation
 
  
== Related Websites  ==
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
  
[http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mvreid/pei/peidbidx.html Prince Edward Island Database projects]
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Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Use the information to find the family in additional censuses.
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*Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date to find other records such as birth, baptism, marriage, land and death records.
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*Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses.
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*Use the naturalization information to find their naturalization papers in the county court records. It can also help you locate immigration records such as a passenger list which would usually be kept records at the port of entry into the United States.
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*Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*If they are subject to military service they may have military files in the State or National Archives.
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*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as school records; children’s occupations are often listed as “at school.”
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[[Prince Edward Island Church Records| Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
*[[Prince Edward Island]]
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?  ===
*[[Prince Edward Island Census]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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*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.
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname.  This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
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*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. 
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. 
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. 
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*Search the indexes and records of [[Prince Edward Island, Canada Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [[Prince Edward Island Archives and Libraries]].
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*Search in the [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=309&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Canada%2C%20Prince%20Edward%20Island%22%20%2Bkeywords%3Acensus FamilySearch Library Catalog]
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==Citing This Collection==
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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.  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br>
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{{Collection citation | text= "Prince Edward Island Census, 1861" Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Board of Registration and Statistics. Public Archives, Ottawa.}}
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
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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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Prince Edward Island,  Canada
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Record Description
Record Type Baptism Index
Collection years 1861-1861
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Library and Archives, Ottawa


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.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Census records may contain the following information:

  • Name of head of household
  • Number and age of individuals in household
  • Birthplace
  • Age
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Residence
  • 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 name of a relative or date of the event

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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 tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information to find the family in additional censuses.
  • Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date to find other records such as birth, baptism, marriage, land and death records.
  • Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses.
  • Use the naturalization information to find their naturalization papers in the county court records. It can also help you locate immigration records such as a passenger list which would usually be kept records at the port of entry into the United States.
  • Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • If they are subject to military service they may have military files in the State or National Archives.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as school records; children’s occupations are often listed as “at school.”
  • 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 while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • 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 Prince Edward Island, Canada Genealogy.
  • Search in the Prince Edward Island Archives and Libraries.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog

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:

"Prince Edward Island Census, 1861" Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Board of Registration and Statistics. Public Archives, Ottawa.


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 Prince Edward Island Census, 1861.


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