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Canada, Census 1871 - FamilySearch Historical Records/Known Issues

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Known Issues
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NOTE: To determine which digital records are likely to be found within a collection or to find missing images, see, Using Film Notes in the Catalog to determine the content of a final browse point in Historical Records (56000).

Question #1: Some family members are not listed with the family unit or household in the record detail page. How can I find all the family members?
Answer #1: To work around the problem, search by last name and residence or event place. On the record detail page, compare the Line Number and Family Number. To refine the search, include the Film Number. Families are grouped sequentially on the same image or an adjacent image.

Question #2: Some indexed records have name, event place or date errors. How can I determine the correct information?
Answer #2: View the document to verify the correct information. The event place and date can also be checked by searching the Catalog using the film number included in the record detail page. See Finding microfilm numbers in the catalog (55632). A list of known problems below provides correct indexing information:

  • Birthplace fields include a country or province. Single letters or initials represent provinces in Canada:
A - Alberta
B - British Columbia
L - Labrador
M - Manitoba
N B - New Brunswick
N OR N F - Newfoundland
N S - Nova Scotia
O - Ontario
P - Prince Edward Island
Q - Quebec
S - Saskatchewan
  • Record detail pages listing Digital Folder Number: 4396337: The correct Residence or Event Place is Ontario, not Nova Scotia. The correct GS Film number is 2230907.

If additional problems are encountered with the collection, you can report them at

  • If searching the collection: please include the name of the collection, and all search criteria used, including name, event, dates and places.
  • For technical issues: please include operating system and browser version.

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