Fred wrote to Olive Tree Genealogy with quite a few questions about his ancestors who were in "Canada West" between 1856 and 1863.
|Example of 1861 Census|
Unfortunately not all of the 1861 returns survived. For a list of the missing returns, see Ontario GenWeb Census Project. As well, many surviving records are badly faded and could not be indexed, so a search on Ancestry.com might not find a name even though a record survived. You would have to do a page by page search of the images in hopes of spotting your ancestors' names.
Continue reading at Finding an Ancestor in Early Ontario Records Before 1869