Canada, Lower Canada Census, 1842 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years 1842
Languages English, French
Title in the Language Canada, recensement du Bas-Canada
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Public Archives, Ontario


What is in This Collection?

This collection covers the 1842 census which covers modern province of Quebec. 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?

The following information may be found in these records:

Census

  • 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

Collection Content

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

View the Images

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  2. 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. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later
  • Use the ages listed to determine approximate birth dates and find the family in additional censuses
  • Use the information found in the record to find church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records
  • 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 the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"Canada, recensement du Bas-Canada, 1842." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Library and Archives. Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.
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