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July 21, 2008

What you may not have known about 1871 Census of Ontario

Census records for 1871 are available to the public. They give information on all household members - name, age,gender, country of birth, religion, ethnic origin,
occupation, marital status and education.

There are 9 returns for the 1871 census but there are 3 that are of the most help genealogically:

* Schedule 1: Return of the Living
* Schedule 2: Return of the Dead
* Schedule 4: Agricultural Return

Census records are available on microfilm from the Archives of Ontario, National Archives of Canada, on ILL (InterLibraryLoan) through a local library, or from your
local FHC (Family History Center).

You can search the 1871 census index to heads of household for Ontario. If you find a name of interest, you can order a copy of the census page from the National Archives. Requests for copies must include complete references

For help and a link to the order census form, see


Anonymous said...

My g.grandfather George Bryans is listed on the 1851 census followed by what looks like a list of his children. I wonder if the 1871 census would tell me if they are his children or if they are his sons and daughter-in-laws. This is what I feel might be the case but cannot find any proof.
Any help would be appreciated, Thanks Marg.

Genealogy Blogger said...

Marg - If you go to Canada Census Records on you can click on Questions Asked on the Ontario Census Reports This will tell you what information was asked and recorded.

Or go directly to 1871 Census Questions