It’s Almost Census-taking Time Again

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

Title: It’s Almost Census-taking Time Again

Snippet: This year—2016—is census-taking year in Canada. Starting May 2nd, households will begin receiving census letters and packages from Statistics Canada. As in 2011, the census questionnaire can be completed online or on paper.

The Census of Agriculture also takes place in May. It collects information on every agricultural operation in Canada. All operators that are or intend to sell at least one agricultural product must complete this questionnaire. It too can be completed online or on paper.

The first census in Canada was taken in 1666 by Intendant Jean Talon. It was limited to Europeans living in the Colony of New France. Talon counted 3,215 inhabitants, recording their age, sex, marital status and occupation.

Various censuses were taken since that time. They often focussed on specific regions, such as the 1728 Acadian Census for Ile St. Jean (future Prince Edward Island). One of the first censuses taken in Nova Scotia (which at the time included the lands of New Brunswick) was 1770. It took a few years to complete it. Amherst was done in 1770, but Queens County wasn’t completed until 1787.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.


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