Canada, Prairie Provinces Census, 1916 - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years 1916-1916
Languages English
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Public Archives, Ontario


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes census records for 1916.

This census only includes the three prairie provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. The national government of Canada has taken censuses every ten years since 1871 and every five years since 1971. The 1871 census covers the four original provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario. The first coast-to-coast census was taken in 1881. Newfoundland was not part of Canada until 1949. For Newfoundland, there are few, found 19th-century censuses that list names. They mostly contain statistical summaries.

These censuses list a large quantity of the population in the areas surveyed. However, portions of some have been lost, and some areas within the provinces were missed by the census takers.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Canada Census. 1916.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Census records may include:

  • Full name of resident
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Marital Status
  • Ethnicity
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Place of birth
  • Approximate year of birth
  • Immigration Year
  • Military Service

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

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The name of a relative or date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page

  1. Select Province
  2. Select District Number
  3. Select Sub District Number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

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

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

  • Use the information to find your ancestor in additional censuses
  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, marriage, land and death records
  • Use the information to find additional family members
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Record Finder[edit | edit source]

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Canada Census, 1916." Database and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Department of Agriculture. Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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