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1881 Canada Census Questions

The 1881 Canada census included the then seven provinces of the country - British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. It also included the North-West Territories (as it was called then), which then encompassed the modern-day Alberta, Saskatchewan, northern Ontario, northern Quebec, Labrador, Yukon, Nunavut, and Northwest Territories.

This 1881 census of Canada was to start on April 4, 1881. Answers given to the questions were to reflect the person's status as of that date regardless of the actual date the enumerator came.


Column Question
To be numbered in the order of visitation (1-6)
1 Vessels
2 Shanties
3 Houses in construction
4 Houses uninhabited
5 Houses inhabited
6 Families
7 Names
8 Sex (M or F)
9 Age
10 Born within last 12 months
11 Country or province of birth
12 Religion
13 Origin
14 Profession, occupation or trade
15 Married or widowed
16 Going to school
Infirmities (17-19)
17 Deaf and dumb
18 Blind
19 Unsound mind
20 Dates of operations and remarks

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