Canada, Nova Scotia Census 1861 Index - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Canada, Nova Scotia Census 1861
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|Nova Scotia, Canada|
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|Location of Nova Scotia, Canada|
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|Public Archives, Halifax|
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
These records include the 1861 census for the province of Nova Scotia. The census day was March 30, 1860.
Census takers were asked to record information about all those who were in each household on the census day, as well as any who have died since that day. A census taker might have visited a house on a later date, but the information he collected was supposed to be about the people who were in the house on the census day. Enumeration was by census district.
Census districts were voting districts, not counties, although most have the same names as counties. For the most part, census districts were synonymous with cities and counties, and sub districts were synonymous with towns, townships, and city wards. Villages, small towns, and parishes were generally enumerated as part of the township in which they were located. Census district and county boundaries were not always the same, and there were many variations from location to location. Canadian census records were taken to enumerate the population for representation, taxation, and other purposes.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Marital status
- Family members
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
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- The name of your ancestor
- The name of a relative or date of the event
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
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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]
- Add any new information to your records
- If available, check the image for additional information
- Analyze the entry to see if it provides additional clues to find other records of the person or their 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]
- Consult the Nova Scotia Record Finder to find other records
- If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This can help you find possible relatives
- Search the records of nearby areas
- Check for other names. An individual might appear under an unexpected name for a variety of reasons:
- They might have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name
- A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Nova Scotia.
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