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Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, Canada
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Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years 1906
Languages English
Title in the Language
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The Census of the Northwest Provinces of Canada, 1906 (Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta). Other Census years of the Northwest/Prairie Provinces include the 1916 and 1926.

There are some printed forms that were written in English and French. The responses that the people gave to the enumerator, were either in English or French. The census day for Canada was June 24th, 1906.

National census records are arranged by province and within provinces by census districts and sub-districts. Census districts are voting districts, not counties. Although a voting district may have the same name as a county, it may not include the same townships. In some provinces, townships are equivalent to census sub-districts. A number was assigned to a district, a letter to a sub-district and a number to a subdivision of a sub-district. Some sub-districts also have a number, i.e. "a(1)" means sub-district "a1" and "a1" means sub-district "a", subdivision "1".

The national government of Canada has taken censuses every ten years since 1871 and every five years since 1971. Newfoundland was not part of Canada until 1949 and most 19th-century censuses for this area contain statistical summaries and very few names.

The Canada Census article has more details.

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  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Place of birth
  • Approximate year of birth

Coverage Map[edit | edit source]

The map below shows the Provinces and Territories between the years of 1905 & 1912. The census covers what is known as the Northwest provinces which are made up of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Manitoba is smaller than current day Manitoba.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900

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