Canada—1881 Census [Part A]


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About This Project

  • A census is a count and description of a population. Censuses have been taken by the colonial, provincial, and national governments of Canada for a variety of reasons, including taxation and levying for militia service. Census records can provide information about family relationships, age, year of birth, description of property, religion, and place of birth. This project is an index of individuals enumerated in the 1881 Canada census. 
  • An old index of this record collection—created by extraction volunteers—has been available online and widely used for years. With this new project, FamilySearch indexing volunteers will create an entirely new index. This new project includes:
    • Enhanced images which will create a higher-quality index.
    • Images linked to the published records and available free to the public.
    • Additional images that were not available in the earlier project.
    • More fields to index.

How to Help with This Project

  • If you have not already done so, you must register as an indexing volunteer. To register and to download and install the indexing program, click here for the indexing home page. Click Get Started, and follow the instructions on the page.
  • After you register, click the Begin Indexing link on the indexing home page, and sign in to the indexing program with your username and password. Then click the Download Batch button, and select this project name from the list. To see the project name on the list, you may need to select Show all projects at the top of the Download Batch window.

Sample Images

Skill Level: Beginning

  • This project is recommended for new volunteers who are still becoming familiar with the indexing process and system.

Characteristics and Description

  • The census was handwritten on preprinted forms.
  • Each batch contains only one image, and each image shows one census form.
  • Each form usually contains 25 records.
  • Highlights are available.

Records Access

  • The general public can freely access the completed index and links to digital images online once the collection is published

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