1891 Census Search Help

Database

This research tool contains 4,833,239 records that are searchable by name. The database entries are in the original language used in the documents. This information was not translated.

Search Screen

The search screen enables you to search by name of person or by place. The 1891 Census was enumerated by census districts and sub-districts, and the records were compiled accordingly. Therefore, knowledge of the districts and sub-districts is of great value in locating either an individual or a geographic location.

To assist with district and sub-district names and numbers, a list of 1891 Census Districts and Sub-districts is provided.

The search screen enables you to search by:

  • Keywords
  • Surname
  • Given Name(s)
  • Age
  • Province

By clicking on Hide/Show Advanced Search Options, you will also be able to search by:

  • District Name
  • District Number
  • Sub-District Name
  • Sub-District Number
  • Division Number
  • Page Number

Important note: the pages were not microfilmed in order.  However, the database reflects this information and by using the Advanced Search Options, you can perform a search for a specific page.

You can enter one or multiple search terms, all of which can be used in combination. To use the fields in combination, you should note that the default operator is "AND."

Keywords

Enables you to search any of the fields alone or in combination.

Surname and Given Name(s)

Enables you to search by name of person.

Age

  • Enter numerical values only.
  • For children under one year of age, fractions were used (for example, for 2 months, "2/12" was indicated).

Province

A drop-down list enables you to retrieve all the returns for a specific province or territory.

District Name

District Number

Sub-District Name

Sub-District Number

​ When you have entered your search terms, click on "Search". The number of hits found will be shown at the top of the results screen.

How to Interpret the Results

Your search results will be posted as a results summary list from which you will be able to obtain an item description.

Search Results Page

The search results page has a thumbnail image of the census record and displays the following information:

  • Census Year (e.g. 1891)
  • Item Number
  • Surname
  • Given Name(s)
  • Age
  • Province
  • District Name
  • Sub-District Name

From here you have two options:

  • Click on the underlined item number of the person that is of interest to you to access the detailed description.
  • Click on either JPG or PDF to view the full image. You can print the images or save the images onto your computer.

Item Page

The item page has a digitized image of the actual census page available in JPG and PDF formats and contains the following fields:

  • Surname
  • Given Name(s)
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Birth Year
  • Marital Status
  • Place of Birth
  • Relationship
  • Province
  • District Name
  • District Number
  • Sub-District Name
  • Sub-District Number
  • Division Number
  • Family Number
  • Page Number
  • Microfilm Number
  • Reference

To suggest a correction, click on the Suggest a Correction link to access an electronic form.

To return to the Search Results page, click on the Back button of your browser in the upper left corner of your screen.

How to Obtain Copies

Consult Access the Records for other options such as consulting census records on microfilms. Please do not submit copy requests because we do not provide copies of census records that are already digitized online.

Some of the original documents are very difficult to read. Therefore, some information in the database may be incorrect and/or incomplete. Please note that Library and Archives Canada does not provide transcription and translation services. Contact your local genealogical society for assistance.

Research Tips

The Research Tips section on our main census page includes basic and advanced search tips and strategies.  There are also instructions on how to search by place.

Credits

Library and Archives Canada gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Ancestry.ca, without which this project would not have been possible.

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