Canada, Lower Canada Census, 1842 (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Title in the Language of the Record
Canada, recensement du Bas-Canada
This collection covers the 1842 census. 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 with some in French.
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This census was created to record and ennumerate 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.
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- Lower Canada. Canada, Lower Canada Census 1842. Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.
Records in this collection usually contain the following information:
- 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
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⇒ Select the "County/District" category
⇒ Select the "Locality/Sub-district" category which takes you to the images
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To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Ancestor's name
- Birth place
- Birth place of parents
Canadian census records are the best source for quickly identifying a family group and their residence. Use the residence, birthplace, and age given in the census to search other record types. This census only records the name of the head of household, but that information can be used to identifiy family groups and verify information found in other sources.
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