Canada, Lower Canada Census, 1831 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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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
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Related Websites
Public Archives, Ontario

What is in This Collection?

This collection includes census records for 1831.

These records include 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 sub-districts.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Canada, Lower Census, 1831.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Censuses usually include:

  • 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)

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search This Collection?

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

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select County/District
  2. Select Locality/Sub-district to view the images

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?

  • Try looking for your ancestors 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 the Person 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
  • Search the indexes and records of Canada Genealogy
  • Search in the Canada Archives and Libraries
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog
  • Consult the Canada Record Finder to find other records

Known Issues With This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"Canada, recensement du Bas-Canada, 1831." Database and Images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Citing Library and Archives. Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.

Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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