The Library and Archives Canada (LAC) announced they have released the 1842 Canada East and 1842 West censuses. To determine parliamentary representation in the first half of the 19th century a series of censuses were conducted. When the Union was created Canada West (present-day Ontario) and Canada East (present-day Quebec) legislators agreed in September 1841 to conduct a census to be completed by February 1, 1842.
The Canada East census was not a success and was redone in 1844 but only the 1842 census was preserved. To read more about the Canada East census go to: http://tinyurl.com/pennpq8 Original url: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1842-Canada-East/Pages/about-census.aspx
To search the Canada East census go to: http://tinyurl.com/pfxeofj Original url: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1842-canada-east/Pages/1842-canada-east.aspx
A pre-printed form was used with headings written in French. LAC has English headings on the Canada West forms
Not all returns survived from the Canada West census. There were 17 census districts, divided into sub-districts. The returns for eight districts and 51 sub-districts have been preserved and are accessible through the LAC research tool. To read more about the Canada West census go to: http://tinyurl.com/ocbuhlt Original url: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1842-canada-west/Pages/about-census.aspx
To search the Canada West census go to: http://tinyurl.com/o65mcet Original url: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1842-canada-west/Pages/1842-canada-west.aspx
There is still nothing posted on the LAC website about when they will release the 1921 census which was due out in June of this year.
Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee