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.
Did you know that several nominal censuses dating from the early French colonial period have been digitized and are available on our website? You will see that most of these census records list only the heads of the household. Here are a few examples (in French, only):
- Recensement du Canada, 1666, MG1-G1, volume 460/1, microfilms C-2472 and F-765
- Recensement du Canada, 1667, MG1-G1, volumes 460/1 and 460/2, microfilms C-2472 and F-765
- Recensement du Canada fait par l’intendant Du Chesneau, 1681, MG1-G1, volumes 460/1 and 460/3, microfilms C-2474 and F-765
- Recensement des habitans de la rivière Saint-Jean, 1698, MG1-G1, volume 466/1, microfilms C-2572 and F-768
- Recensement nominatif de Détroit, 1710, MG1-C11A, volume 31, microfilms F-31 and C-2383
- Recensement de l’île Dauphine par Perry, 1725, MG1-G1, volume 464/2, microfilms C-10206 and F-804
- Recensement général de la Louisiane, 1726, MG1-G1, volume 464/2, microfilms C-10206 and F-804
- Recensement général des habitants du département de la Nouvelle-Orléans, 1727, MG1-G1, volume 464/2, microfilms C-10206 and F-804
- Recensement général de la Nouvelle-Orléans, 1732, MG1-G1, microfilm F-804
- Recensement nominatif des habitants de Miquelon dressé par Du Mesnilambert, 1785, MG1-G1, microfilm F-767
To find other censuses such as those mentioned above, simply enter the keywords “recensement nominatif”, “recensement habitants” or “recensement familles” in our “Collection Search” database and select “Online: yes.”
Note that since the records are of French origin and have been written only in French you must use French keywords to search.
For more information on census records, we invite you to visit our Genealogy and Family History pages.