The Canadian censuses are a key starting point for Canadians interested in discovering their family story. They provide vital details such as names of spouses, immigration years, occupations and so much more.

The Canadian Census Collection represents the first time ever that the 1851/2, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1906, 1911 and 1916 censuses will be fully searchable online and fully indexed in one place. Now people across Canada and around the world can research their Canadian roots faster and easier than ever before.

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Ancestry.ca, in partnership with Library and Archives Canada (LAC), is working to preserve and improve access to historical Canadian records, and in doing so to enable and inspire more people to start exploring their family history online. Original images of the Canadian censuses are held at LAC.

Laura Secord (Ingersoll)

A Canadian heroine. Warned Lietenant Fitzgibbon herself of a surprise American attack, which would have furthered American control in the Niagara Peninsula.



Sir Wilfrid Laurier,

The seventh Prime Minister of Canada and the first French Speaking Prime Minister of Canada.



Raymond Lewis

The first black Canadian-born Olympic medallist. Lewis was nicknamed Rapid Ray because of his speed on the track.

Source: The Hamilton Spectator




FamilySearch International has worked with Ancestry.ca to deliver images and indexes for the 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1916 Censuses.

Photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada and Archives of Ontario.