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This census was taken on January 14, 1861 and applied to the residents as of the previous night (January 13, 1861).<br>
 
  
 
== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
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.&nbsp;
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This census was taken on January 14, 1861 and applied to the residents as of the previous night (January 13, 1861).  
  
=== Record Content<br> ===
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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.
  
'''Key genealogical facts found in the 1861 Ontario Census are:'''<br>
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The Census contains the 1861 census for the province of Ontario. At this time Ontario was not yet part of the Dominion of Canada, but was called Canada West. The census taker took the information on the census day starting January 14, 1861. Census takers were asked to record information about all those who were in each household on the census 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 sub districts 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.
  
*Name
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Canadian census records were taken to enumerate the population for representation, taxation, and other purposes.
*Gender
 
*Marital Status
 
*Race
 
*Residence
 
*Profession
 
*Family members
 
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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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.  
 
 
&nbsp;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>
 
 
 
== Record History  ==
 
  
The Census contains the 1861 census for the province of Ontario. At this time Ontario was not yet part of the Dominion of Canada, but was called Canada West. The census taker took the information on the census day starting January 14, 1861. Census takers were asked to record information about all those who were in each household on the census 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 sub districts 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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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
=== <br>Why this Record was Created  ===
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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.
  
Canadian census records were taken to enumerate the population for representation, taxation, and other purposes.  
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|text = Board of Registration and Statistics. Ontario census, 1861. Public Archives of Canada.}}
  
=== <br>Record Reliability ===
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== Record Content ==
  
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.
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These census records may contain the following information:
  
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*Full name of family members
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*Place of birth
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*Age
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*Marital status
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*Religion
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*Gender
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*Place of residence
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*Type of house
  
== Related Web Sites ==
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== How to Use the Record ==
  
This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.
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To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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*Ancestor's name
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*Place of birth
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*Approximate year of birth
  
[[Canada Census|Canada Census]]
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==== Search the Collection  ====
  
=== Contributions to This Article  ===
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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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==== Using the Information  ====
  
== Sources of This Collection<br> ==
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When you have located the record of your ancestor, the following can help you further your research:
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->"Census returns for Canada West, 1861 (Ontario)," database, FamilySearch; from Canada. Board of Registration and Statistics. "Census of Canada, 1861," Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. FHL microfilm, 296 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.<!--bibdescend--> <br>
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*Use the approximate birth year and birthplace to search for a birth record.
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*Use the religion on your ancestors record for searching in church records.
  
==== How to Cite Your Sources ====
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==== General Information About These Records ====
  
An example of citing these records is: Canada Board of Registration and Statistics. Census page. From FamilySearch Internet ([http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org], April 23, 2010). Charles E. Hart, male, 7, residence: East Zorra, Oxford, Ontario, sheet number 15, line number 20.  
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This census records the birthplace for each person, along with his or her age, and other personal information.  
  
''Instructions for citing this source can be found at:&nbsp;[[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]''&nbsp;
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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.
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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== Related Websites ==
  
When you copy information from the record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find th record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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[http://www.geneofun.on.ca/db.php?database=ogwcensus&template=ogwcensus-coONT.html&search=YRCODE&find=ONT1861&sort=TWP Ontario Genweb Census Project]
  
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
'''The suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched in found in the Wiki Article: '''[[How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections|How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]]  
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*[[Canada Census|Canada Census]]
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*[[Ontario|Ontario]]
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*[[Ontario Census|Ontario Census]]
  
==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection ====
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== Contributions to This Article ==
  
Ontario Census, 1861. digital images, From FamilySearch Internet ([http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org]: January 27,2011). Census Record for James Anderson, age 24, Brantford, Brant, Ontario, film number 4107375.
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
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Record Description

This census was taken on January 14, 1861 and applied to the residents as of the previous night (January 13, 1861).

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.

The Census contains the 1861 census for the province of Ontario. At this time Ontario was not yet part of the Dominion of Canada, but was called Canada West. The census taker took the information on the census day starting January 14, 1861. Census takers were asked to record information about all those who were in each household on the census 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 sub districts 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.

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.

Citation for This Collection

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.

Board of Registration and Statistics. Ontario census, 1861. Public Archives of Canada.

Record Content

These census records may contain the following information:

  • Full name of family members
  • Place of birth
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Place of residence
  • Type of house

How to Use the Record

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Ancestor's name
  • Place of birth
  • Approximate year of birth

Search the Collection

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.

Using the Information

When you have located the record of your ancestor, the following can help you further your research:

  • Use the approximate birth year and birthplace to search for a birth record.
  • Use the religion on your ancestors record for searching in church records.

General Information About These Records

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.

Related Websites

Ontario Genweb Census Project

Related Wiki Articles

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.