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Geographic Organisation

1881 Canadian Cencus Geographic Organisation

The 1881 Canadian Census micro database features all the geographic information which was included on the original census returns:

Census District Number
Census District Name
Census Sub-District Letter
Census Sub-District Name
Census Division Number

The 1881 Canadian Census Project devoted a great deal of time to correcting geographic information on the raw 1881 file, using the National Archives of Canada's index to the 1881 Canadian Census as a guide.

Prince Edward Island Reels 13162 to 13165
Nova Scotia Reels 13165 to 13177
New Brunswick Reels 13177 to 13187
Québec part 1 Reels 13187 to 13191
Québec part 2 Reels 13192 to 13195
Québec part 3 Reels 13196 to 13206
Québec part 4 Reels 13207 to 13226
Ontario part 1 Reels 13226 to 13237
Ontario part 2 Reels 13237 to 13250
Ontario part 3 Reels 13251 to 13270
Ontario part 4 Reels 13270 to 13282
Manitoba, British Columbia and
the Western Territories
Reels 13282 to 13286

Usually city and town names are included as sub-district names or as census district names. However, Prince Edward Island constitutes a special case, as for this province the 1881 Canadian Census officials used lot numbers rather than city, town, village or other community names as the basis of geographic units.

Last updated: 9/1/2010

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