Federal census records offer genealogists a wealth of information.
Did you know that there are various types of early census records? These could be very useful for your research.
Our Finding Aid 300 is a comprehensive guide to early censuses and similar documents held at Library and Archives Canada (LAC).
The finding aid and other census information are available on the LAC website under What to Search—Topics: Census and Enumerations.
Please note that some census records only include the head of a household and only provide statistical data for the remainder of the family or household. These types of censuses rarely indicate the relationship between the head of the household and other family members; other kinds of census records contain only statistical summaries.
For example, if the finding aid indicates “aggregate returns” or “recensement sommaire,” it includes statistics only. However, if identified as “nominal” or “nominatif” the census includes a list of names.
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