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== Record Description  ==
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== What is in this Collection? ==
 
This census was taken on January 14, 1861 and applied to the residents as of the previous night (January 13, 1861).  
 
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.  
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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. 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.  
  
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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== What Can these Records Tell Me? ==
 
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Census records may contain the following information:  
Canadian census records were taken to enumerate the population for representation, taxation, and other purposes.
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*Name of resident
 
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*Gender
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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*Age
 
 
=== 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.
 
 
 
{{Collection citation
 
|text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Board of Registration and Statistics. Ontario census, 1861. Public Archives of Canada.<!--bibdescend--> }}
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
'''Key genealogical facts found in this collection contains the following information:'''
 
 
 
*Full name of family members
 
*Occupation
 
*Place of birth
 
 
*Marital status  
 
*Marital status  
 
*Religion  
 
*Religion  
*Age
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*Place of birth
*Gender
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*Approximate year of birth
*Births in 1860
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*Place of residence
*Deaths in 1860
 
*Type of house
 
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor
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*The name of a relative or date of the event
  
This census records the birthplace for each person, along with his or her age, and other personal information.
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=== Search the Index ===
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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.  
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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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.
  
==== Beginning Your Search  ====
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1460164 Ontario Census, 1861]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
  
To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
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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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*Cite the record. See [[#Citing This Collection|below]] for help citing this collection.
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*Look at an image of the original record. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index. To find a copy of the original record, visit the [http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=7cb4ba2ae8b1e310VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD Public Archives, Toronto] page.
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*To help keep track of your research, you may want to keep a research log. FamilySearch has an example [https://s3.amazonaws.com/ps-services-us-east-1-914248642252/s3/research-wiki-elasticsearch-prod-s3bucket/images/5/50/Research_Log.pdf example research log] which you can download.
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*Use the information you have found to find the person in census records.
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*[[Ontario Church Records| Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
*Ancestor's name
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?  ===
*Place of birth
 
*Approximate year of birth
 
  
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*If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This can help you find possible relatives.
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*Search the records of nearby areas.
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*Check for other names. An individual might appear under an unexpected name for a variety of reasons:
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:- They might have been listed under a middle name, [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nicknamegiven-name-equivalents.htm nickname], or [[Abbreviations Found in Genealogy Records|abbreviation]] of their given name.
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:-A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband.
  
==== Searching the Index ====
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== Known Issues with This 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.  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection, see the attached [[Ontario Census 1861 (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.<br>
  
== Related Websites  ==
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==Citing This Collection==
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Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
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'''Collection Citation''':
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{{Collection citation | text= "Ontario Census, 1861." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Board of Registration and Statistics. Public Archives, Toronto.}}
  
[http://www.geneofun.on.ca/db.php?database=ogwcensus&template=ogwcensus-coONT.html&search=YRCODE&find=ONT1861&sort=TWP Ontario Genweb's Census Project]
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):
 
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{{Record Citation Link
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
  
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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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What is in this Collection?

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 pre-printed 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.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Census records may contain the following information:

  • Name of resident
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Religion
  • Place of birth
  • Approximate year of birth
  • Place of residence

How Do I Search the Collection?

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.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Cite the record. See below for help citing this collection.
  • Look at an image of the original record. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index. To find a copy of the original record, visit the Public Archives, Toronto page.
  • To help keep track of your research, you may want to keep a research log. FamilySearch has an example example research log which you can download.
  • 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 Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This can help you find possible relatives.
  • Search the records of nearby areas.
  • Check for other names. An individual might appear under an unexpected name for a variety of reasons:
- They might have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name.
-A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband.

Known Issues with This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection, see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:

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

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 Ontario Census 1861.


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We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

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