Researching early census records

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the launch of an expanded version of one of our most popular research guides: Finding Aid 300: Other census and related documents (1640 to 1945).

This tool is a comprehensive guide to early census and related records found at LAC, with references mainly dating from 1640 to the 1800s. There are also some records from the 1900s, including Newfoundland and Labrador from 1921 to 1945.

New to this version of Finding Aid 300 are links to digitized images of most of the documents. Researchers can access numerous digitized records relating to Acadia, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and British Columbia.

We also invite you to visit our updated Censuses page, which includes links to our databases of census returns (1825 to 1921) and other resources.

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  3. Hello,Trying to learn more about,my family The Blenkhorn. I know they came to Hailfax,Nova Scotia on The Friendship from Yorkshire,England in 1700. But,From there I don’t know where they went or where their,farm was in Nova Scotia or if anyone like family still living there.

    • Saundra-Anne, luck and curiosity brought me to this article and I saw your post and being recent I might be able to make a couple suggestions. I’ve been researching my family (the Corkum’s) now for a few years. I live near Halifax.

      First I’d question your comment about arriving here. Halifax was founded in 1749 and the first immigrant ships arrived in 1750 (my family in 1752) so no way they could have arrived in Halifax in 1700. I have found that there was a Blenkhorn family who came here in 1774 during a “Yorkshire Emigration”, see

      The Nova Scotia Archives has birth/marriage/death records online at starting about 1864 and a quick search on “Blenkhorn” turned up 458 results. Census reports are quite useful but only between 1871 and 1921. There are four Blenkhorn families in Nova Scotia in the 1861 census but little useful information in that one. So finding anything online earlier than the mid 1800’s is almost impossible. I have a long list of maybe useful sites that I’ve stumbled on in my research which you can find on my web site at – look in the dropdown under “Genealogy”.

      There are at least two Blenkhorn women who married into my Corkum family. Use the contact page on my web site if you want to email me directly.

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