Release of a new version of the Census of Canada, 1871 database

Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce the release of a new version of the Census of Canada, 1871 database. This first general census covered the four provinces that were then part of Confederation: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

The new version includes suggestions for corrections received from users in recent months, as well as revised district and sub-district information.

4 thoughts on “Release of a new version of the Census of Canada, 1871 database

  1. It would be helpful to have more detail on the corrections made; how many were there, what fraction of total records does it represent, what district and sub-district changes were made. Also what districts have records that are forever lost. This would help in deciding whether its worth spending additional time on a search.

    • An average of 25 to 30 corrections are received daily for all the genealogy databases and most of the corrections are for the nominal census indexes. For the 1871 census, this corresponds to three to five suggestions per day, mostly for given names and surnames.

      With regards to the districts and sub-districts information, those were validated using the finding aid produced by Statistics Canada to ensure compliance in both official languages. The district and sub-district information was verified to confirm that it is also available in French.

      Before the 1871 census nominal index was posted on LAC’s website in August 2011, a close examination of the records was performed. Consult this page to find out what records have survived. On this page, an Excel document entitled ‘List of Content of Microfilm’ is posted. The list provides information on the schedules for each province.

      • Thank you for this information. It would still be worthwhile having a listing on districts that have not survived as well as those that are available.

  2. It’s great to see all of the improvements and additions to the Library and Archives site lately. This has always been one of my top ‘go to’ sites for Canadian genealogy research.

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