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From: "Gordon A. Watts" <>
Subject: Re: [ONT] 1891 Cdn Census?
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2005 07:46:38 -0800
In 1891 'Manitoba' as we know it today did not exist. While Manitoba was
part of the formation of Confederation in 1870, it was only 1/18 the size of
the province today, and was known as the 'Postage Stamp' province. Prior to
1912, when the final boundaries of what is today 'Manitoba' were set, much
of the province was considered part of the Northwest Territories. The same
applies to Alberta and Saskatchewan which did not become 'provinces' until
When searching for early Censuses in Canada you have to consider what the
areas of concern were called at the time.
Since 1951 (?), we have had a National Census taken every five years. Prior
to that we had a National Census taken every ten years, on years ending in
'1', i.e. 1901, 1911 etc. From 1906 or earlier there was also a Census of
the 'Northwest Provinces' of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba taken every
ten years, on years ending in '6', i.e. 1906, 1916, etc.
Gordon A. Watts
Co-chair, Canada Census Committee
Port Coquitlam, BC
en francais http://www.globalgenealogy.com/Census/Index_f.htm
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sharon" <>
Sent: Thursday, December 29, 2005 2:58 PM
Subject: Re: [ONT] Re: 1891 Cdn Census?
Pardon me for horning in here. Is the census for Manitoba out there
someplace? What I see here is all Ontario.
Annette Fulford <> wrote: Here are a couple of places to
find the transcribed 1891 Census online:
Alberta Family Histories Society
Ontario Genealogical Society Provincial Index at
Ontario GenWeb http://www.rootsweb.com/~ongenpro/census/index.html
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