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Prince Edward Island, Canada
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Record Description
Record Type Baptism Index
Collection years 1861-1861
Languages English
Title in the Language
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Library and Archives, Ottawa


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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. Canadian census records were taken to enumerate the population for representation, taxation, and other purposes.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Census

  • 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 This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • The name of a relative or date of the event

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Use the information you have found to find the person in census records * 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?[edit | edit source]

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    • A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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