Thursday, July 18, 2013

1842 Canada Census

Image: Civil servant at trailer park, census 1925. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Civil servant at trailer park, census 1925.
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Library and Archives Canada announced the Census of Canada West, 1842 as well as the Census of Canada East, 1842 is now available online.

In the first half of the 1900's, censuses were done roughly every 10 years. The Act of Union created the Province of Canada, consisting of Canada West (present-day Ontario) and Canada East (present-day Quebec).

This census began in September 1841, to be completed by February 1, 1842.

Unfortunately, not all of the census returns have survived. Eight districts and 51 sub-district censuses have been preserved and are now accessible through this research tool.

This census contains only the names of the heads of families or households. Other household members were counted, but unnamed. The enumeration data included a total of 89 questions.

On my way there now!!

UPDATE: Sadly, Oshawa is not on the list...

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt, author of*~ by Catherine McDiarmid-Watt, author of, researching her 1850's house, the history of old homes, the genealogy of the founding families in Oshawa - as well as citylife and farm life in the 1800's, with old news clippings, well-researched articles, and "then and now" photos with the help of her "history dogs", Denny and Dexter.

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