Column: Completing Your 2016 Canada Census Form for Future Generations

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: Completing Your 2016 Canada Census Form for Future Generations

Snippet: Through the census questionnaire, the Canadian government gathers information on its citizens for their official government use. In their words, they state, “The Census of Population provides a portrait of our people and the places in which we live. Census information is important for your community and is vital for planning its public services.”

They also use the information for other statistical and research purposes. This is how they come up with data such as, how many people over the age of 65 live in Canada, the percentage of Canadians with Scottish ancestry and how many children live in a community.

By law, every household must complete a Census of Population questionnaire.

Agricultural operations must also complete a Census of Agriculture questionnaire to provide a definitive statistical picture of Canada’s farm sector.

However, as a genealogist, I view the census differently. Yes, it does all those things mentioned above, but those things play a role in the here and now and the near future. I prefer to see the distant future value of the census: providing vital and interesting information to my great-grandchildren’s generation and beyond. What will they learn about me?

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

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