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{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1460163|title=Nova Scotia Census 1861|location=Canada}}<br>
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''[[Canada Genealogy|Canada]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Nova Scotia Genealogy|Nova Scotia]]''
  
== Record Description ==
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{{Canada HR Infobox 
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| CID = CID1460163
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| title = Nova Scotia Census 1861
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| location = Canada 
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| LOC_01 = Nova Scotia 
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| LOC_02 =  
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| record_type = Census
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| start_year = 1861
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| end_year = 1861
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| language = English 
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| title_language =
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| FS_URL_01 = [[Canada]] 
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| FS_URL_02 =[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=308&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Canada%2C%20Nova%20Scotia%22%20%2Bkeywords%3Acensus FamilySearch Library Catalog]
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| FS_URL_03 = [[Nova Scotia Genealogy|Nova Scotia]] 
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| FS_URL_04 = [[Nova Scotia Census]]
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| FS_URL_05 = [[Canada Census]]
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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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| FS_URL_09 = 
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| FS_URL_10 = 
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| RW_URL_01 = [https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com/ Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics]
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| RW_URL_02 = [http://nsgna.ednet.ns.ca/ The Nova Scotia Genealogy Network Association] 
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| RW_URL_03 = [https://novascotiagenealogy.com/ Nova Scotia Genealogy] 
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| RW_URL_04 = [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canns/ Nova Scotia GenWeb Project]  
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| RW_URL_05 =  
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| custodian = [https://archives.novascotia.ca/ Public Archives, Halifax]
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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.
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== What is in this Collection? ==
  
This census was taken in 1861.&nbsp;
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These records include the 1861 census for the province of Nova Scotia. The census day was March 30, 1860.  
  
The Census contains the 1861 census for the province of Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia census day was March 30, 1860. Census takers were asked to record information about all those who were in each household on the census day, as well as any who have died since that 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.  
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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, as well as any who have died since that 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 subdistricts 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.  
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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 subdistricts 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.  
  
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.<br>
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== What Can these Records Tell Me? ==
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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Census records usually contain the following information:  
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
 
 
 
{{Collection citation
 
| text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Board of Registration and Statistics. Census of Canada, 1861. Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. <!--bibdescend-->}}
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
Key genealogical facts found in the 1861 Nova Scotia Census are:  
 
  
 
*Name  
 
*Name  
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*Family members
 
*Family members
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
 
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You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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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*The name of your ancestor
 
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*The name of a relative or date of the event
==== Beginning Your Search  ====
 
  
To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
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=== Search the Index ===
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Search by name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1460163 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
  
*Name of Ancestor
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
*Approximate year of birth
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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.
*Place of birth
 
  
==== Searching the Index  ====
 
  
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
== Related Websites  ==
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1460163 Nova Scotia Census, 1861]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canns/ Nova Scotia GenWeb Project]  
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==What Do I Do Next?==
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Use the information to find your ancestor in additional censuses.
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*Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, marriage, land and death records.  
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*Use the information to find additional family members.  
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.  
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*[[Nova Scotia Church Records| Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
== Related Wiki Articles ==
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now? === 
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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, especially French versions.
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html 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 [[Nova Scotia, Canada Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [[Nova Scotia Archives and Libraries]].
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*Search in the [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=308&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Canada%2C%20Nova%20Scotia%22%20%2Bkeywords%3Acensus FamilySearch Library Catalog]
  
*[[Canada Census]]
 
*[[Nova Scotia]]
 
*[[Nova Scotia Census]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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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= "Nova Scotia Census, 1861" Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Board of Registration and Statistics. Public Archives, Halifax.}} <br>
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br>
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{{Record Citation Link
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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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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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years 1861-1861
Languages English
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Public Archives, Halifax


What is in this Collection?

These records include the 1861 census for the province of Nova Scotia. The census day was March 30, 1860.

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, as well as any who have died since that 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 subdistricts 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 usually contain the following information:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Marital status
  • Race
  • Residence
  • Profession
  • Family members

How Do I Search the 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

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

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information to find your ancestor in additional 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 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, especially French versions.
  • 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 Nova Scotia, Canada Genealogy.
  • Search in the Nova Scotia 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:

"Nova Scotia Census, 1861" Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Board of Registration and Statistics. Public Archives, Halifax.


Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Nova Scotia Census 1861.


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