Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tuesday's Tip: Getting Started with the Canadian Census

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Bonjour à tous! We're getting ready for our May 7 Genealogy Club meeting by delving into French-Canadian records. If you've never researched your Canadian ancestors and want to be ready for the meeting, the census is a great place to start.

Begin by visiting the Library and Archives Canada site. Canada began taking censuses in 1825 (well before Canada was a country!) and are open to the public up to 1921.

The first modern census was 1851.

To search a census, click on the year, and search census. You'll see the search screen next. 

Fill in as much information as you know, starting with the surname (last name).

The results will include the first name, last name, location, and an image of the census enumeration. Click on the links under the names to pull up the image.

To go back, click on "Census" on the left-hand side.

Need help? Feel free to stop by the library.

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