[Canada]LIbrary and Archives Canada Release New Versions of Canada 1871 and 1901 Censuses

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) released a new version of the 1871 Canadian census.  The 1871 Census marked the second regularly scheduled collection of national statistics. It officially began April 2, 1871. It covered the four provinces that were then part of Confederation: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The census included information on 3,485,761 individuals.  Access to the census is free. There were nine schedules that comprised the census. Most of all 9 schedules have been preserved. However, only Schedule 1, Nominal Return of the Living, is searchable in the database. The collection can be searched by name, age, province and keyword.  I put in the search field the names Goldberg and Cohen for Ontario and each query had results returned.

The other schedules can be viewed through  LAC’s Microform Digitization tool http://tinyurl.com/d8s6jj2 This requires the reader to scroll through the microfilms which are searchable by title only.

This revision incorporates corrections submitted buy users and as well as revised/improved district and sub-district information.  To read more about the census go to: 

 The original url may be accessed at:

To search the 1871 Canadian Census go to: http://tinyurl.com/cgxfwc8 

The Library and Archives Canada (LAC) announced  that they also released a new version of the 1901 Canadian Census.  This new version includes revisions to the database that were recently sent in by users as well as revised district and sub-district information.  The 1901 Canada census was the fourth general census of Canada (1871, 1881, 1891 and then 1901). It covered the provinces and territories then part of the Confederation: B.C., Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and the Northwest Territories (current day Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Nunavut, etc.)  The database can be searched by province, name and keyword. Access is free.
To search the 1901 revised Canadian Census go to:

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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