Recensement Canadien de 1871


Record Fields and Indexing Instructions

Page Number

Page Number

Type the page number that was written in the record.

There can be up to two pages per image. You will need to change the page number accordingly.

If the Page Number was left blank, press Ctrl+B to mark it as blank.

Example: 54

Line Number

Line Number

Type the line number that is printed on each line.

If the census sheet does not have a line number, press Ctrl+B to mark it as blank.

Example: 1

Family Number

Family Number

The family number is usually written only once for the first name listed in a family. However, it needs to be repeated for each family member.

If the enumerator began recording a family at the bottom of one census page and continued at the top of the next, you should be able to find the family number from the previous image by doing the following:

  • On the toolbar, click View.
  • Click Show Previous Image.
  • The previous image will be titled “Previous Image” and will be the image you see on the right side of the double screen. Do not index any records from the previous image. Use it only to find the family number.
  • Scroll to the last family on the previous image to find the family number.
  • Type the family number for each person in the family.
  • Return to normal view by clicking View and then Show Previous Image.
If the Family Number column was left blank and is not on the previous image, press Ctrl+B to mark it as blank.    

Example: 191
Surname

Surname

The names were usually recorded with surname first. The surname may have been written only once for the first member of the family. However, it needs to be repeated for each family member.

If the enumerator began recording a family at the bottom of one census page and continued at the top of the next, you should be able to find the surname from the previous image by doing the following:

  • On the toolbar, click View.
  • Click Show Previous Image.
  • The previous image will be titled “Previous Image” and will be the image you see on the right side of the double screen. Do not index any records from the previous image. Use it only to find the family surname.
  • Scroll to the last family on the previous image to find the family surname.
  • Type the surname for each person in the household.
  • Return to normal view by clicking View and then Show Previous Image.

Do not include titles or terms with the surname such as: Sr, Jr, Baby, Infant, Mrs, etc.

There will be Catholic Nuns included. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, extract the name in the Given Name field.

If the Surname column was left blank and is not on the previous image, press Ctrl+B to mark it as blank.

Example: Cote

Given Name

Given Name

The names were usually recorded with the given name last. Do not include titles or terms with the given name, such as: Sr, Jr, Baby, Infant, Mrs, etc.

There will be Catholic Nuns included. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, extract the name in the Given Name field.

If the Given Name field was left blank, press Ctrl+B to mark it as blank.

Example: Joseph

Sex

Sex

Type M for male, F for female, or I for unknown. Even if the information in the Given Name field appears to contradict what is in the Sex field, index what is written.

Use the I only if the gender is not given and cannot be determined by the name or other information on the record.

Example: M

Age

Age

Type the age with these explanations following the numbers: a for years and m for months. You do not need to separate combinations of years and months with commas or spaces.

When a fraction is given for the age, such as: 3/12, change the fraction into months, such as: 3m.

If the Age column was left blank, press Ctrl+B to mark it as blank.

Example: 29a

Birthplace

Birthplace

If the birthplace has been misspelled, spell it correctly. If it has been abbreviated and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation.

Use the lookup lists for assistance. The lookup list does not include every possibility. If you are not sure what the birthplace should be, type the name of the place as it was written on the census.

If there are ditto marks, type the birthplace from the previous record.

If the Birthplace column was left blank or contains some variation of unknown, press Ctrl+B to mark it as blank.

Example: Québec

Religion

Religion

Type the religion that was written in the record.

When the religion has been abbreviated and you are sure what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. Use the lookup list for assistance.

If the Religion column was left blank or contains some variation of unknown, press Ctrl+B to mark it as blank.

Example: Catholique

Origin

Origin

Type the origin that was written in the record.

If the Origin column was left blank or contains some variation of unknown, press Ctrl+B to mark it as blank.

Example: Francaise

Marital Status

Marital Status

Type M for married or V for widowed.

If the Marital Status column was left blank, press Tab to skip this field.

Example: M