Tuesday, July 22, 2008

1891 Census of Canada

1891 Census of Canada - Ancestry.ca: "The third census of Canada covers seven provinces - British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontairo, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec - and the Northwest Territories, which at the time was comprised of the districts of Alberta, Assiniboia East, Assiniboia West, Saskatchewan, and Mackenzie River.

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Enumerator Instructions:

The 1891 Census was begun on 6 April 1891. The head of household was to be enumerated first, followed by other members of the household. The head of household was responsible for providing all of the information about the household to the enumerator. The following questions were asked by enumerators:

  • Number of family, household, or institution in order of visitation
  • Name of each person in family or household on 6 April 1891
  • Relation to head of family or head of household
  • Sex (M = Male; F = Female)
  • Age
  • Marital Status (Single, Married, Widowed, or Divorced)
  • Country or province of birth
  • Whether French Canadian
  • Birthplace of father
  • Birthplace of mother
  • Religion
  • Profession, occupation, or trade
  • Employer
  • Wage Earner
  • Whether unemployed during the week preceding the census
  • If an employer, state the average number of hands employed during the year
  • Whether able to read and write
  • Whether deaf and dumb, blind, or of an unsound mind
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Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island


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